Literary | Talks

Isabel Wilkerson with Lynn Nottage

Tue, Nov 10, 2020


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Tuesday November 10, 2020
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“Caste is the bones, race is the skin. Race is what we can see, the physical traits that have been given arbitrary meaning and become shorthand for who a person is. Caste is the powerful infrastructure that holds each group in its place.”—Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson ​is joined in conversation by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. They take as their starting point Wilkerson’s deeply researched and immersive book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent. Drawing parallels between the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson outlines a revolutionary framework for understanding how caste plays out across civilizations, both historically and today. Beautifully written and wholly original, it’s an eye-opening story of people and history—and an examination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives in America today.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies


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Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation


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Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Leadership support for the BAM Hamm Archives and BAM Film, Community, and Education programs provided by The Thompson Family Foundation


Additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Lynn Nottage 

Playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage is the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, for her plays Sweat and Ruined. Her other plays include ​Floyd’s; Mlima’s Tale; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Intimate Apparel; Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine; and Crumbs from the Table of Joy, and she wrote the libretto for The Secret Life of Bees. Nottage is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, among other awards, and is an associate professor at Columbia University School of the Arts.