Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Isabel Wilkerson to Lecture on ‘Great Migration’
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 22, 2012) – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson will give the concluding lecture in the 2011-2012 Florida Lecture Series at Florida Southern College on March 29.
Wilkerson’s lecture, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration and the Odyssey of George Swanson Starling,” will be held in the Hollis Room at 7 p.m. on the Florida Southern campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Isabel Wilkerson was awarded the 1994 Pulitzer for feature writing. She was the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism. The former Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, Wilkerson now serves as a professor of journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University. Her 2010 book,The Warmth of Other Suns, described the migration of millions of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North and West.
One of the characters in Wilkerson’s book is George Swanson Starling, who left behind his life of picking citrus fruit in Florida after hearing of his employer’s plan to lynch him. He fled to Harlem in 1945.
“In the poignant saga of George Swanson Starling of Eustis, Florida, Isabel Wilkerson provides a human dimension to the ‘Great Migration,’ the precursor to the American Civil Rights Movement,” noted James M. Denham, Professor of History and Director of the Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History. “We are delighted to welcome this award-winning author to Florida Southern College.”
About the Florida Lecture Series: In its 16th year, the Florida Lecture Series at Florida Southern College is a forum that brings speakers to the FSC campus who explore Florida life and culture from a wide range of disciplines, including history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology, literature, and art. The overall objective of the series is to bring members of the community, the faculty, and the student body together to interact with and learn from leading scholars in their fields.
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