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Framingham State to host Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 31, 2012 11:24 AM

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Framingham State University will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Isabel Wilkerson on Nov. 5 as part of the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Wilkerson is author of the New York Times’ best seller, The Warmth of Other Suns, chronicling the great migration of southern backs to northern cities between the years of 1915 and 1970. The book brings to life one of the greatest underreported stories of the 20th Century, a migration that reshaped modern America. Wilkerson interviewed more than 1,200 people, unearthed archival research and gathered the voices of the famous and the unknown to tell the epic story of the redistribution of an entire people.

Her lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center.

The President’s Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 2011 to bring scholars from across the country to the University for presentations on thought-provoking issues, ideas and theories. The theme of this year’s series is “Accepting Others: Finding Common Ground.”

Each of the four speakers has played a role in challenging stereotypes, breaking down social barriers and exploring important issues such as gender violence, racism and physical and mental disabilities.

The last speaker in the series will be Dan Habib on Wednesday, Feb. 13, for film screenings and discussions at 4 p.m. in the McCarthy Center.

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