Rams Read is a new Campus Read initiative for Colorado State that encourages the university community to read together and discuss what they’ve read, while learning apart.

Claudia Rankine’s book, Citizen: an American Lyric, was chosen as the first book for the inaugural Rams Read program.

Rankine’s Citizen is a powerful exploration of the experience of race and racism in the US. The book’s lyric essays, poems, and images powerfully point out the pervasive effects of anti-black racism in the media and in everyday life.

Oct. 26 – Join us for an author event

Tell Me More: A Conversation about Equity and Inclusion at CSU

Rams Read author Claudia Rankine and CSU English Professor Camille Dungy

book cover of Claudia Rankine’s book, Citizen: An American Lyric

The initiative is led by Albert Bimper, Jr., associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and senior associate athletic director for diversity and inclusion; Ryan Barone, assistant vice president for student success; and Ryan Claycomb, professor of English and acting assistant dean of College of Liberal Arts, who led the Campus Read program for his previous institution before joining the CSU faculty. The chairs have convened a diverse working group of nearly 20 others from across the university to plan a range of events and facilitate discussions this fall.

All in the CSU community are invited to join, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and families, donors, and Fort Collins residents.

President McConnell invites you to read Citizen

In July 2020, President Joyce McConnell announced the selection for Colorado State University’s inaugural Rams Read: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric.

Right now, people and communities across our nation are engaged in difficult conversations about racism, anti-blackness in particular, and other forms of bias,” she said. “CSU’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community—one where every person has a sense of belonging and the ability to thrive—is ongoing. And this particular moment in time offers us a tremendous opportunity to bring that conversation onto campus. Reading is one of the best ways I know to explore our world from other points of view.”

Read with us

There are several ways to engage the 2020 Rams Read program.

  • Incoming First-year CSU students were sent a link to their complimentary online eBook access. Email RamsRead@colostate.edu if you need more information.
  • The CSU Libraries are also carrying eBook copies available for check-out.
  • The CSU Bookstore is carrying hard copies for purchase. Rentals are also available.

Nominate a Book for 2021-2022

Have a great idea for a text that will engage the CSU community in the most important issues of our time? Email us your ideas at RamsRead@colostate.edu.