Isabel Wilkerson on deck for Summer Institute

Currently a professor at Boston University, Isabel Wilkerson is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. — Photo by Joe Henson

Journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, will be the Summer Institute’s featured speaker on Thursday, August 4, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven.

Ms. Wilkerson will be speaking about her new book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of the Great Migration,” which chronicles the lives of three people, who, along with some six million other black Americans, fled the American South for an uncertain existence in the urban North. Her book has won high acclaim, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction — the judges praising it as “magisterial.”

Ms. Wilkerson won her Pulitzer while working as Chicago bureau chief for The New York Times, in 1994. She has also won the George Polk Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has lectured on narrative at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. Ms. Wilkerson is currently professor of journalism and director of narrative nonfiction at Boston University.

Admission to Thursday’s 7:30 pm program is a suggested donation of $15 at the door; no advance tickets are sold. For more information, visit