Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad
Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Few novelists have written so inventively or across such a wide narrative range as has Colson Whitehead about what Sadiya Hartman called the “afterlife of slavery.” From his first novel, The Intuitionist, which treated racial struggle and uplift in terms of competing theories of elevator maintenance, to his most recent and widely acclaimed Underground Railroad, in which runaway slaves are smuggled northward on actual subterranean trains, Whitehead has found new ways to animate painful and enduring themes of American culture. Join us as Professor Salamishah Tillet engages with one of our country’s great writers on the afterlives of slavery.
Cosponsored by the Wolf Humanitites Center of the University of Pennsylvania.