On May 27th, 1990, writer Alice Walker visited the John Adams Institute to lecture on civil rights and civil participation.
Alice Walker was born in Georgia. In 1982 she gained world renown with her novel The Color Purple. The novel was awarded the Pulitzer prize, the American Book award and the National Book Critics Circle award. In 1985, director Steven Spielberg turned the novel into a very succesful film, starring Whoopie Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.
In her book Living by the Word, Walker’s involvement in the civil rights and the women’s rights movements are very clear. With the use of a diary-form, Walker muses on subjects such as racial issues, environmental issues, politics and feminism.
Marijke Rudnik, professor of British and American Literature at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, moderated the evening, which included an interview and Q&A with the audience.
Alice Walker also visited the institute in 1992.