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  Congratulations to poet, playwright and MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine! Boston’s Mayor Walsh has officially declared today, February 28, 2018 as “Claudia Rankine Day” in Boston — celebrating opening day of her World Premiere play The White Card. Above Photo: Mayor Walsh and Claudia Rankine at last spring’s public dialogue “On Whiteness” at The Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater. Photo credit: Kelly Davidson. The official proclamation:   The White Card NOW – APR 1 Emerson Paramount…

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Thank you for attending ArtsEmerson’s presentation of American Repertory Theatre’s The White Card.  In the making of The White Card playwright Claudia Rankine has asked how we as a society can stay in the room to have a conversation about race. You may have stayed to participate in an Act II discussion. The conversation continues here. Please leave you thoughts and reflections in the comment section below. Please note, we have a comment policy that we will enforce…

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  A few years ago, poet Claudia Rankine gave a reading of “Citizen: An American Lyric,’’ her 2014 award-winning collection of poems exploring racism and aggression. During the question-and-answer period, a white man stood up. “He said he had been moved by ‘Citizen” and he wanted to know what he could do for me,” Rankine recalls. “I said that I was doing very well, thank you. The real question he should have asked was ‘What…

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  “You cannot live thirty years with something in your closet, which you know is there, and pretend it is not there without something terrible happening to you. If I know that any one of you has murdered your brother or your mother, and the corpse is in this room under the table, and I know it and you know it, and you know I know it, and we cannot talk about it, it takes…

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Although she saved France during the Hundred Years War over five centuries ago, Joan of Arc has remained relevant in popular culture around the world since. Here are the five best cultural depictions of the Maid of Orléans: “Joan of Arc” on Arcade Fire’s Reflektor In 2013, Montreal-based indie rock band released their senior studio album, Reflektor, with the seventh track named after Joan of Arc herself. The song tells the tale of the young…

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