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Isabel Wilkerson

Transcending Caste with Isabel Wilkerson 

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns, and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her deeply humane narrative writing while serving 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 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Wilkerson the National Humanities Medal for "championing the stories of an unsung history."

Wilkerson’s timely work provides a backdrop for understanding how we arrived at this collective reckoning. Named as one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2020 by Time, Caste is “an electrifying work that reframes injustice and inequity in the U.S. as a caste system.”

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Sponsored by Knight-Hennessy Scholars and the Office of the President and Provost

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