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On ‘Caste’: A Virtual Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson

Tue, March 16th, 2021
7:00 pm
- 8:00 pm

On ‘Caste’: A Virtual Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of The New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. A gifted storyteller, Wilkerson captivates audiences with the universal human story of migration and reinvention, as well as the unseen hierarchies that have divided us as a nation, in order to find a way to transcend them. She has become an impassioned voice for demonstrating how history can help us understand ourselves, our country and our current era of upheaval.

Her latest book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, published in August 2020 to critical acclaim, examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how a hierarchy of social divisions still defines our lives today. Wilkerson brings the past’s complexities to vivid life through her passionate research and her profound gift for connecting with audiences of all backgrounds. Caste is being adapted into a Netflix film directed, written, and produced by Ava DuVernay.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first Black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting in the history of American journalism.

In conferring Wilkerson the 2015 National Humanities Medal, the National Endowment for the Humanities honored her “for championing the stories of an unsung history. Her masterful combination of intimate human narratives with broader societal trends allows us to measure the epic migration of a people by its vast impact on our Nation and on each individual life.”

Isabel Wilkerson will participate in a virtual conversation with Hari Ramesh ’11, a College Fellow in Social Studies at Harvard University, followed by a moderated audience Q&A. This event is sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies as part of a three-year series on Race and Democracy.

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