NEWARK, NJ - A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will be the keynote speaker for a lecture series at Rutgers University - Newark that explores migrant stories.

Isabel Wilkerson, who was the first black woman to win a Pulitzer for her coverage of the 1993 midwestern floods, will speak April 25 as part of the Tanner Lectures on Human Values series. Wilkerson is also of author "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration,” a New York Times' bestseller.

Though Wilkerson will speak on April 25, the lecture series will span several days. The events will explore migrant stories through music, visual arts and public discourse throughout April 22-27.

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“I believe there are few cities and even fewer campuses that celebrate the power of migrant stories with the ease and enthusiasm that we do here at Rutgers University-Newark,” said Salamishah Tillet, co-chair of the lecture festival and associate director of the university's Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience.

“Being able to share narratives and histories so integral to our nation at the Tanner Lectures on Human Values is a great honor and gift to us all.”

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values Festival gets its namesake from Obert Clark Tanner, an American scholar and founder of an employee recognition company. Tanner endowed the lecture series in 1978 and to this day the series is presented annually at universities in England and the United States.

Wilkerson, who was also a bureau chief at the New York Times, will speak at 5:30 p.m. at 15 Washington St. on April 25.

The series will span across the Rutgers-Newark campus and across locations in the city. All events are free and open to the public.

Here is a full list of events:

  • The first day of the event on April 22 will begin with five exhibitions at Express Newark, located at 54 Halsey St. One exhibit will feature an interactive art installation titled "Krueger-Scott Oral History Jukebox," by New Arts Justice that plays music reflective on Newark's migrant culture.

  • On April 24 there will be a student panel discussion at 2:40 p.m. at Express Newark. At 5:20 p.m. there will be a public conversation between Columbia University professor Jasmine Grinn and novelist Ayana Mathis titled "The South is Everywhere: The African-American Migration Narrative."

Parking is available in the Deck 3 parking garage, 180 Washington St. To register, go to

  • On April 25 at 4 p.m. there will be a jazz performance by the Alexis Morrast Trio at Clement's Place. The keynote speaker will be Isabel Wilkerson, a journalist and author of "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.” She will give her lecture, titled "The Power of a Single Decision" at 15 Washington St. after the concert.

Parking is available in Essex Street parking lot 506. To register, go to

  • Capstone projects of Rutgers-Newark fine arts students will be exhibited at 2 Gateway Center on April 27 at 5 p.m. The projects examine how migration impact identity.

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