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    IMAGES - GREAT MIGRATION

    An African American worker at the Richmond Shipyards (1943), Wikimedia Commons, public domain

    Tuskegee airmen (1945), Wikimedia Commons, public domain

     

    UNI CORNERSTONE COMMON READ

      

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     COMMON READ @ UNI

    Join the UNI Cornerstone courses in reading this year's common read book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson.  One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year. There is a scheduled author visit to UNI on 8/22/12, 7 pm, GBPAC Great Hall.

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

     

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR - ISABEL WILKERSON

     

     

    Isabel Wilkerson, Wikimedia Commons, (CC) Photo by Larry D. Moore

    Scheduled Author Visit to UNI 

    • Isabel Wilkerson - Scheduled author visit to UNI on 8/22/12, 7pm, GBPAC Great Hall

    Author's Official Website

    Biographical Information 

    • Isabel Wilkerson Isabel Wilkerson. (n.d.). in Contemporary Authors Online. Retrieved from Gale Biography in Context.
    • Isabel Wilkerson Isabel Wilkerson. (2011) in Newsmakers Online. Retrieved from Gale Biography In Context

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    WORKSHOPS

    Students are welcome to come to one or all of these sessions. Each session will cover a different topic relating to the common read and will correlate with the assignments being offered.

    To sign up for these workshops, go to http://www.uni.edu/unialc and click on "Courses and Workshops."  This will prompt you to submit your CatID and then you can sign up for this or other workshops.

    • Thursday, August 23, 1:00 1:50 pm ITTC 035 - Success with Warmth of Other Suns
    • Wednesday, August 29, 2:00-2:50 pm ITTC 035 - Success with Warmth of Other Suns
    • Thursday, September 6, 1:00-1:50 pm ITTC 035 - Success with Warmth of Other Suns
    • Wednesday, September 12, 2:00-2:50 pm ITTC 035 - Success with Warmth of Other Suns
     

    WATCH - BOSTON UNIVERSITY

    COM professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, author of the acclaimed book "The Warmth of Other Suns," talks about how writing the book provided a connection to her family's past.

     

    WATCH - PBS TAVIS SMILEY

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Warmth of Other Suns" discusses the legacy of the "Great Migration" of African Americans and explains why it is so deeply embedded in American culture.

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