‘The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power – which groups have it and which do not.’ – Isabel Wilkerson
Race, class, gender. These are the categories that are commonly thought to define our lives. But Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson argues that ultimately the determining factor in societies is a more powerful, unspoken system of divisions: caste. On August 17 Wilkerson comes to Intelligence Squared to talk about this hidden phenomenon, which she sets out in her acclaimed new book, Caste: The Lies That Divide Us. Linking America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson will reveal how our world has been shaped by caste – and how its rigid, arbitrary hierarchies still divide us today.
Wilkerson will set out the eight pillars which she believes connect caste systems across civilizations, and show how our own era of intensifying conflict and upheaval is a consequence of caste. She will demonstrate its surprising impact on health, and explore its effects on culture and politics.
Wilkerson will be joined in conversation by novelist and political commentator Fatima Bhutto, and together they will explore how our societies can move beyond their artificial divisions towards a freer and fairer world.
‘It is the definitive, end all, be all, say all, about what’s happening right now.’ – Oprah Winfrey
‘A transformative new framework through which to understand identity and injustice.’ – TIME
Speakers are subject to change.