Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, will talk about her bestselling book, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, at Boston College on March 1 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. South to America, which won a 2022 National Book Award, is a narrative journey through the American South using a historic, personal, and anecdotal lens. Perry, a Black woman and native Alabaman, returns to the region she has always called home and weaves together stories of immigrant communities, contemporary artists, exploitative opportunists, enslaved peoples, unsung heroes, her own ancestors, and her lived experiences. A scholar of law, literary, and cultural studies, Perry asserts that to build a more humane future for the United States, concern must be centered below the Mason-Dixon Line. Perry’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, and Harper’s, among other publications. Her lecture is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and co-sponsored by the African and African Diaspora Program, Law School, and History Department.
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