The Toni Morrison Lectures spotlight the transformative work of leading scholars, writers, public intellectuals, and artists. In honor of celebrated American author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, the lectures explore expansive literary work, intellectual curiosity, and the most pressing political concerns of our times. The event, which is sponsored jointly by the Department of African American Studies and Princeton University Press, takes place bi-annually. Previous speakers include Michelle Alexander, Bill T. Jones, and Edwidge Danticat.
We are delighted to welcome MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward for the 2021 Toni Morrison Lecture. Ward is an extraordinary novelist and critically acclaimed scholar of global literary studies. Her writing includes works of fiction (Salvage the Bones; Sing, Unburied, Sing), nonfiction (The Fire This Time), and memoir (Men We Reaped) that explore Black life in the American South, kinship bonds, and grief. Her writing is stirring and through it she provides a powerful example of what it means to engage the world as a thinker of the highest order.
Jesmyn Ward will join us in conversation with Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies.
Where to Purchase Books:
- Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward
- Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Today by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
** Registration Is Required **
This virtual event is open to all