One Book

“They Can’t Kill Us Until they Kill Us” is Hanif Abdurraqib’s first collection They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us book cover. of essays published by Two Dollar Radio, in 2017. It was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork and The Chicago Tribune, among others. 

As summarized on the publisher’s website, “In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly.

Save the Date!

Essayist, poet, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib will visit IU Northwest on October 17, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Bergland Auditorium.

A Soundtrack for Our Campus

The selection for this year’s One Book… One Campus… One Community Reading Initiative is They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, by noted music critic and poet Hanif Abdurraqib.

Pop music plays a central role in his book as he analyzes and discusses works by Chance the Rapper, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Migos. He even developed a soundtrack for the book on Spotify.

Follow the One Book Spotify playlist:

Let’s create our own unique playlist to help the campus get more engaged with the book and related events. The One Book Committee is seeking recommendations from the campus community for influential music that addresses diversity, inclusion and social change.

Please share no more than three of your favorites, by clicking here:

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