Isabel Wilkerson – Live on Stage in London | How To Academy


Tue, 4 April 2023

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

Isabel Wilkerson – Live on Stage in London

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

The bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist has profoundly changed the conversation on race, class, and power in America. She joins us to explore Caste for the first time in the UK.

Powerful and timely… I cannot recommend it strongly enough’ – Barack Obama

‘She leaves you looking at the world differently’ – Afua Hirsch

After fifty-eight consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste has changed America’s conversation about power in America.

Now for the first time she joins Nicola Rollock in the UK to explore the hidden and arbitrary structures of power working to divide us.

She will spotlight the insidious undertow of caste and the effects of its human hierarchy on our culture, politics, and everyday lives. She will explore the pillars that support caste systems across civilisations, illuminating their effects through deeply researched human narratives, before proposing how we can move beyond these artificial and destructive human divisions and toward hope in our common humanity.

She will show us how that system is playing out right now in America, from the Capitol riots to the restriction of voting rights; from the reversal of abortion rights for women in many US states, where this book is often banned or barred from their school systems and public libraries; to the conspiratorial rise of ‘Replacement Theory’, and how the struggle to hold their place in a caste system drives some people to trample democracy itself.

Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist

Isabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Wilkerson is a former Chicago bureau chief of the New York Times and has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston Universities.

Nicola Rollock

Professor of Social Policy and Race, King’s College

Nicola Rollock is Professor of Social Policy & Race at King’s College London and Distinguished Fellow, Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. She is also founder and Director of NIANRO Consulting a boutique research company specialising in innovative racial equity research and advice and, author of The Racial Code: tales of resistance and survival. Nicola was previously Specialist Advisor for the Home Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry ‘Macpherson: 22 Years On’; Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Cambridge and has held advisory roles at the Wellcome Trust and the British Science Association.