The Poetry Project

On Nationalism: The Fragility and Possibility of We

"The Dreamers," 2016 © Ajay Kurian

The Racial Imaginary Institute and The Poetry Project are thrilled to present a three-day symposium, “On Nationalism: The Fragility and the Possibility of We.” The program of events will take place Saturday June 11, 2022, at the Judson Memorial Church and Saturday–Sunday, June 18–19, 2022, at The Poetry Project.

Co-organized by The Racial Imaginary Institute, the CUNY Graduate Center, and The Poetry Project, “On Nationalism” convenes writers, artists, and performers to explore the affective and emotional ties of nationalism. The symposium will consist of two weekends of free and open to the public conversations and performances with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Bhanu Kapil, Layli Long Soldier, Maaza Mengiste, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ann Pellegrini, and many more. Please find the schedule of events below.

Through the program of events, the symposium looks to ask: How can we re-imagine nation, tribe, and community? What practices of listening, sharing, and making could be enacted across varying visions of community, decolonization and self-determination? Ticket registration for the programs, along with a full schedule, will be available on this page on May 20.

"On Nationalism" will be part of a network of exhibitions and programming at sites including David Kordansky Gallery in LA, FOAM in Amsterdam, and the CUNY James Gallery in New York.

Symposium Schedule

| Saturday, June 11 – Judson Memorial Church |

9:00 – Doors Open
9:30 – Introduction
9:45 – Performance: Testimony (Rune Steenberg)
10:30 – Conversation: Urayoan Noel, Elena Araoz, and Maryam Ivette Parhizkar, moderated by Daniel Borzutzky
11:45 – Performance: Layli Long Soldier
12:15 -1:30 – Lunch
1:30 – Conversation: Tavia Nyong’o and Jackie Wang (moderator Anaïs Duplan)
2:45 – Break
3:00 – Performance: Bhanu Kapil
3:15 – Conversation: Viet Thanh Nguyen and Maaza Mengiste (moderator Miriam Ticktin)
4:45 – Break
5:00 – Roundtable with all participants
5:30 – Close


| Saturday, June 18 – St Mark’s Church |

2:00 – Performance & Conversation: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Leah Mirakhor, and Pamela Sneed


| Sunday, June 19 – St Mark’s Church |

4:00 – Presentations & Conversation: Lara & Stephen Sheehi, Ann Pellegrini, and David Eng