Isabel Wilkerson @ Speed Art Museum

Thursday, March 24

Speed Art Museum
2035 S. Third St. • 852-8160
Free; 6 p.m.

It’s great to have a fine writer lead a discussion on his or her important book, but it’s even more compelling when the author is asked to speak about that work from a challenging perspective. Isabel Wilkerson conducted 1,200 interviews in studying the 1915-1970 northward/westward migration of African-Americans for her book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” which recently won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Wilkerson is giving a lecture at the Speed Art Museum on “Gender and the Great Migration.” The author, daughter of a Tuskegee Airman, has won a Pulitzer for her reporting, and she’s now a journalism professor and director of narrative nonfiction at Boston University. This lecture, which continues an annual series for women’s and gender studies and is part of U of L’s Women’s History Month, precedes a reception and book signing. —T.E. Lyons

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