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February
22

February 22

Isabel Wilkerson

Presumed Superiority

The Nazis taught that Jews were untermenschen, the Indians taught that the Dalit were “untouchable” and Americans taught that Blacks were congenitally inferior. Such assumptions have defined human history for millennia.

In her latest book, Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson dives deep into the pillars that underlie such systems, from divine will to heredity, putting human faces on the power of human rankings. In selecting Caste for her book club, Oprah Winfrey proclaimed it to be the most essential volume she’d ever chosen. The New York Times called it an “instant classic.” And it jumped to the top of bestseller lists for months.

Upon the release of the paperback edition, Wilkerson joins us to discuss the enduring potency of such hierarchies of human value including America’s unacknowledged system of rigid, inherited social stratification and its parallels in India and Nazi Germany, which mimicked America’s race laws in its early approaches to the “Jewish Problem.”

The first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, Wilkerson is the author of The Warmth of Other Suns, named to Time’s 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade and to The New York Times Magazine’s Best Nonfiction of All Time.

Wednesday, February 22 | 
6:30 pm Eastern
$25 General Admission
Includes a copy of the book
$25 General Admission
Includes a copy of the book

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Covid-19 Policy: 
Masks are no longer required but are available to those who request.

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Wednesday, February 22 | 
6:30 pm
$25 General Admission
Includes a copy of the book
$25 General Admission
Includes a copy of the book

The Nazis taught that Jews were untermenschen, the Indians taught that the Dalit were “untouchable” and Americans taught that Blacks were congenitally inferior. Such assumptions have defined human history for millennia.

In her latest book, Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson dives deep into the pillars that underlie such systems, from divine will to heredity, putting human faces on the power of human rankings. In selecting Caste for her book club, Oprah Winfrey proclaimed it to be the most essential volume she’d ever chosen. The New York Times called it an “instant classic.” And it jumped to the top of bestseller lists for months.

Upon the release of the paperback edition, Wilkerson joins us to discuss the enduring potency of such hierarchies of human value including America’s unacknowledged system of rigid, inherited social stratification and its parallels in India and Nazi Germany, which mimicked America’s race laws in its early approaches to the “Jewish Problem.”

The first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, Wilkerson is the author of The Warmth of Other Suns, named to Time’s 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade and to The New York Times Magazine’s Best Nonfiction of All Time.

In-Person & Virtual Event

 

Covid-19 Policy: 
Masks are no longer required but are available to those who request.

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