Understading American Race, Class and Gender: Renowned Author Isabel Wilkerson to Speak to Creighton Community, March 22

Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal winner, Isabel Wilkerson, author of The New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, will conclude the four-part Presidential Lecture Series with a program on Tuesday, March 22. The event begins at 7 p.m. CDT, 5 p.m. MST and will be available by livestream only. Register today online.

Known for her storytelling, Wilkerson writes about the universal human story of migration and reinvention and the unseen hierarchies that have divided us as a nation.

In her recent work, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents invites the reader to discover the inner workings of an American hierarchy that goes far beyond the confines of race, class, or gender.

Her debut work, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, is a critically acclaimed, modern classic of narrative nonfiction about three young people set out on a perilous journey out of the Jim Crow South to the North and West in search of what the novelist Richard Wright called “the warmth of other suns.”

Through her writing, Wilkerson brings the invisible and the marginalized into the light and into our hearts. Through her lectures, she explores with authority the need to reconcile America’s karmic inheritance and the origins of both our divisions and our shared commonality.

Wilkerson is a native of Washington, D.C., and a daughter of the Great Migration, the mass movement that she would go on to write about. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1994, as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism. She then devoted fifteen years and 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.

She has taught at Princeton University and Boston College and lectured at more than 200 other colleges and universities across the United States, Europe and in Asia. Her work has garnered seven honorary degrees, most recently from Bates College and Southern Methodist University.


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