Isabel Wilkerson

caste bookAuthor and journalist Isabel Wilkerson, the first woman of African American heritage to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, will give a talk on her bestselling book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Random House, 2020), on September 8 at 7 p.m. (ET). Her presentation will be in webinar format followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A. Wilkerson has become a leading figure in narrative nonfiction, bringing the invisible and the marginalized into the light. In Caste, Wilkerson explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. She argues that beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. For her acclaimed debut book, The Warmth of Other Suns, Wilkerson interviewed more than 1,200 people to tell the story of the six million people, among them her parents, who defected from the Jim Crow South as part of the Great Migration. The Warmth of Other Suns was honored with the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the Lynton History Prize from Harvard and Columbia universities, and the Stephen Ambrose Oral History Prize, among other awards. Wilkerson’s BC talk is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and cosponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, the Jesuit Institute, BC Law School, and the Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America. Pre-registration is required.

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