Keynote: Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Join Tisch College for a conversation with Pulitzer-Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson about her New York Times bestselling book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, this year’s Common Book selection for the Tufts University School of Medicine. In Caste, Wilkerson explores how our lives are defined by unspoken systems of divisions, linking together case studies in America, India and Nazi Germany, and how those arbitrary hierarchies still divide us today. Caste has won numerous recognitions, including being named the 2020 summer/fall selection for Oprah's Book Club, longlisted for the National Book Award, and named to more “best of the year” lists than any other work of nonfiction. An award winning journalist, Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work 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 and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. Wilkerson is also the author of the critically acclaimed The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lynton History Prize from Harvard and Columbia Universities. She has taught at Emory University, Princeton University, Northwestern University and Boston University and has spoken at more than 200 colleges and universities. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2016.
This event is jointly hosted by the Tufts University School of Medicine’s Common Book Program and the Tisch College Solomont Speaker Series.