Foreign Affairs SymposiumPublished Feb 23, 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz offered a preview of his next novel Wednesday night. It was not a look at specific plot details, but a glimpse of the story's ideological stirrings—the ideas of walls, fear, and exclusion. In his charged talk at Johns Hopkins as part of the Foreign Affairs Symposium, Díaz commanded the crowd with blunt pronouncements, quick humor, and plenty of F-bombs. "By their nature, walls imagine an invader," he said, "and that invader is always imagined as less human than the folks who build the walls and [who] the walls are protecting."