MLK Jr. Speaker Event: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Speaker: 
Isabel Wilkerson
 
08 Feb 2021
 
7:00 PM
Co-sponsors: 
  • Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker Keynote

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize winner and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of The New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. A gifted storyteller, Wilkerson captivates audiences with the universal human story of migration and reinvention, as well as the unseen hierarchies that have divided us as a nation, in order to find a way to transcend them.

She has become an impassioned voice for demonstrating how history can help us understand ourselves, our country and our current era of upheaval. In her writing, Wilkerson brings the invisible and the marginalized into the light and into our hearts. In her lectures, she explores with authority the need to reconcile America’s karmic racial inheritance — a notion she has expressed in her widely-shared Op-Ed essays in The New York Times.

WebEx link: https://iastate.webex.com/iastate/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec2d3996141dc26b99d0b362584466150