Students, faculty, and staff gathered at the First Thursday opening convocation to celebrate the beginning of the academic year.

The featured speaker was poet and 2016 MacArthur Fellowship recipient Claudia Rankine. A critical voice in current conversations about racial violence, Rankine joined The New York Times non-fiction best-seller list in 2014 with Citizen, a collection of poetry, prose, and visual images on racial aggressions in 21st-century daily life. “Who I am now is due in part to who I became in college,” she told the First Thursday audience. “People opened their worlds to me. Each syllabus was an introduction to more possibilities.”

President Brian Rosenberg, Provost Karine Moe, and Macalester College Student Government President Malik Mays ’19 also spoke, welcoming the incoming Class of 2022 as well as new faculty and staff. The event concluded with a Macalester tradition, the Peace Prayer read in several languages.

A zero-waste picnic lunch on Shaw Field followed the event.

September 7 2018

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