Pitzer Spotlights

2003-2004 Spotlight Archives

Professor Barry Sanders Nominated by Harper Collins for Pulitzer Prize

Barry SandersHarper Collins has nominated Barry Sanders, a professor of English and the History of Ideas at Pitzer College, for a Pulitzer Prize. The nomination comes for Alienable Rights: The Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man’s Land, 1619-2000, published in November 2003. The nomination is Professor Sanders’ second. Random House nominated him in 1994 for A is for Ox: Violence, Electronic Media, and the Silencing of the Written Word.

Alienable Rights, which was co-written by Francis D. Adams, has been described as “a devastating narrative that spans more than three centuries” and “reveals how whites have excluded blacks from virtually every area of American life, denying them full citizenship and equality.”

Professor Sanders has been a member of the Pitzer faculty since 1972.