Revisiting the Underground Railroad with Colson Whitehead
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Revisiting the Underground Railroad with Colson Whitehead

Revisiting the Underground Railroad with Colson Whitehead

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Francis W. Parker School

Diane and David B Heller Auditorium

330 West Webster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

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Please join us for a reading and discussion with Colson Whitehead, author of the New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for fiction.

The Underground Railroad tells the story of Cora, a 15-year-old slave on a Georgia plantation who escapes to the North via an actual underground railroad, not a metaphorical one. With each stopover and resettlement, Cora’s life is imperiled, the violence and terror manifesting in myriad ways, the traumas accumulating and expanding.

Mr. Whitehead is a 1991 graduate of Harvard University. His nonfiction, essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Granta and Harper’s. He has taught at several universities, including Princeton University, New York University and Columbia University. Mr. Whitehead is a MacArthur Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Please join us for what is certain to be a memorable experience!

This event is co-sponsored by the Family Action Network, a nonprofit organization that curates a free, high-quality human development speaker series each academic year.

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