Saturday, February 13th, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
*Registration is required and we ask that you only register if you can assure your attendance on Saturday, February 13th for the whole event that starts at 10:30am and ends at 12:00pm.*
Come join us for a community conversation about Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.
Prior to the event, we invite you to read the book or alternatively study the excerpts and support materials that will be emailed to you prior to the event.
The Warmth of Other Suns, the first book by Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Isabel Wilkerson, offered an epic narrative portrait of the Great Migration. In her magnificent latest, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Wilkerson deepens and extends her examination of the inception and consequences of American racism, finding direct connections to the outcastes of India and the horrors of the Third Reich.
Her historical opus draws on years of research, stories, and previously published works to reveal, for example, that the Nazis used U.S. miscegenation laws as a blueprint for their own approach to genocide, and that Martin Luther King Jr., on a 1959 visit to India, observed, “Yes, I am an untouchable, and every Negro in the United States of America is an untouchable.” That realization informed his civil rights work thereafter. Wilkerson unearths bone-chilling parallels in systems of oppressive regimes that otherwise seem radically dissimilar to explain caste and how it predated and helped define racism in America.
Hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a rich experience!