The Racial Imaginary

By Claudia Rankine ’86 and Beth Loffreda In 2011, poet Claudia Rankine ’86 put out an open call for letters discussing the creative imagination, creative writing and race. Responses were first posted online and have been collected into a publication due out in March titled The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of

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Converging Territories

Lalla Essaydi’s artistic work is at once imposing and intimate. Converging Territories #10, part of the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) collection, is a large-format, nearly life-sized self-portrait. Yet the scene Essaydi depicts—she is seated, with her back to the viewer, amid pools of white fabric that she’s covering with Arabic calligraphy—evokes a domestic

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