Isabel Wilkerson is a journalist, best-selling author, and National Humanities Medal recipient. She is the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism. The Warmth of Other Suns, her debut account of the great migration, won several awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her most recent book, Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents, was released in 2020 to wide acclaim. The New York Times called it “an instant American classic” and “almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.” The book argues that caste--a society-wide system of social stratification characterized by notions such as hierarchy, inclusion, exclusion, and purity--is essential to understanding race and racism. Wilkerson has taught at Emory, Princeton, Northwestern, and Boston Universities, and she has worked at newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
Ms. Wilkerson will appear on screen in front of a live audience in Hall Auditorium. The event will not be live-streamed or recorded.