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Mayor Hancock, Partners Launch Citywide Conversation on Race and Social Justice

"Citizen’ Author Claudia Rankine to join DENVER TALKS

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop and NEA Big Read,  today announced DENVER TALKS, a citywide effort to bring the community together for safe discussions around race, justice and the award-winning book Citizen: An American Lyric by MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine.

“Now more than ever we need to tear down the barriers that divide us and build up the connections that unite us,” Mayor Hancock said. “Our goal is to build a more inclusive and accepting community, and to do that, we need the courage to confront the biases and behaviors that keep us apart.”

Over the next six weeks, DENVER TALKS will distribute more than 1,200 free copies of Citizen: An American Lyric to metro-area residents as well as host a number of book discussions, arts events, guest talks and more. The effort will culminate in a visit from the author, who will join the Mayor in two free community conversations: 

  • November 15, Boettcher Concert Hall, 6:30 p.m.
  • November 16, Metropolitan State University Tivoli Student Union/Turnhalle, 12:30 p.m.

Both events are free, but registration is required for the Nov. 15 event at Boettcher Concert Hall.

All residents of the metro area are invited to join in as well as to host their own conversations and events. 

The Denver Public Library has copies of Citizen: An American Lyric available, including e-books, audio books, and book club kits that include six books and a discussion guide. Free books will be available at the DENVER TALKS kickoff party from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Clyfford Still Museum.

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Upcoming Events

  • October 7, 2017
    Denver Talks Kickoff Party
    Click here for the Facebook event page.
    Clyfford Still Museum, Free
  • November 15, 2017
    Denver Talks: Mayor Michael B. Hancock in Conversation with Claudia Rankine
    Boettcher Concert Hall, Free
    Click here to register.
  • November 16, 2017
    Student Discussion with Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Claudia Rankine
    Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria Campus, Free


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