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Isabel Wilkerson kicks off Friends’ speaker series
October 1, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm| Free
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What: “The Warmth of Other Suns: Telling the Human Story of an Epic Migration”
Who: Isabel Wilkerson
When: Wednesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union
Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson kicks off the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries speaker series with a special lecture, “The Warmth of Other Suns: Telling the Human Story of an Epic Migration.”
About Isabel Wilkerson
Wilkerson’s New York Times’ best-selling book,”The Warmth of Other Suns,” tells the true story of three people who made the decision of their lives during the Great Migration, a watershed in American history. Wilkerson is a gifted and passionate speaker who has addressed the topics of migration, social justice, urban affairs, and 20th century history at more than 100 universities across the United States and in Europe and Asia.
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 Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting in the history of American journalism.
She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’s 60 Minutes, PBS’s Charlie Rose, NPR’s Fresh Air, NBC’s Nightly News, MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, and others. Wilkerson has also lectured on narrative writing, served as professor of journalism, and garnered seven honorary degrees.
A national bestseller, “The Warmth of Other Suns” has won numerous awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Nonfiction.
Wilkerson spent 15 years working on “The Warmth of Other Suns,” interviewing more than 1,200 people to tell what she calls one of the greatest underreported stories of the 20th century.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Minnesota Journalism Center.