This four-part series of public programs presents a “forensic” approach to the examination of Pulitzer Prize-winning works of non-fiction. Author panels will be organized around provocative themes: migration and housing, climate change, racial discrimination, and truth and lies in politics. Authors will reflect on the motivation behind their works, their research process, and the impact of their work on both people and public policy. This initiative seeks to “deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.
The programs will take place in downtown Manhattan.
After Attica: Criminal Justice and Mass Incarceration – New York, NY – Panelists will examine the social and historical forces at work in the American penal system and explain the investigative work behind their findings. Panelists included Heather Ann Thompson, author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising and Its Legacy, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for History, and Professor of History and of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan; Michael Winerip, former investigative reporter for the New York Times, 2017 finalist for reporting on New York State’s prisons; Elizabeth Hinton, assistant professor of History and of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University and author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America; and Toussaint Losier (moderator), assistant professor of Afro-American History at the University of Massachusetts.
Isabel Wilkerson in Conversation – New York, NY – The second in four evening featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning writers and journalists, this event, with time for audience Q&A, will explore the impact of the Great Migration where millions of African Americans moved from the rural south to urban centers in the North and West between 1915-1970. The panel will feature Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration and 1994 Pulitzer winner for feature writing; Farah Jasmine Griffin, professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University and author of several books; and Khalil Muhammad, professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Muhammad will serve as the moderator.