Pulitzer Prize Winner Will Speak At This Year’s Beall-Russell Lecture

Isabel Wilkerson
Pulitzer Prize winner and National Humanities Medalist Isabel Wilkerson will speak at this year's Beall-Russell Lecture.
Sept. 22, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 22, 2017) — Baylor students and the Waco community will have the opportunity to hear from Pulitzer Prize winner and National Humanities Medalist Isabel Wilkerson during this year’s Beall-Russell Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in Cashion Room 510.

In 1994, Wilkerson became first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting in the history of American journalism. Her book, The Warmth of Other Suns, is a New York Times bestseller that won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. Her book tells the true story of three people who endured great hardships and struggles in their journeys during the Great Migration, the 20th-century exodus of 6 million African-Americans from the south to various parts of the United States.

“We hope that people will leave the lecture with a deeper historical understanding of the adversities and challenges faced by African Americans during the Great Migration, as well as a sense of how the Great Migration might relate to other national and international social and demographic movements,” said Kimberly Kellison, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and associate professor of history.

The Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities were established in 1982 by Virginia B. Ball of Muncie, Indiana, to provide an opportunity for Baylor students and faculty to meet and hear lecturers renowned in the humanities.

“The Beall-Russell Lectures are significant to Baylor because they stress the central importance of the humanities to each of us,” Kellison said. “The lectures remind us that no matter what major or career we pursue, the study of literature, history, philosophy, religion, art and other fields both enhances and nuances our understanding of the world around us.”

by Joy Moton , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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