When Allan Johnson asked his dying father where he wanted his ashes to be placed, his father replied–without hesitation–that it made no difference to him at all. Ultimately troubled by this response, Johnson set off on a 2,000 mile journey across the Upper Midwest to find the place where his father’s ashes belonged. But along the way, Allan came to question where it is that he belongs.
In this encore presentation, Allan joins Peter to discuss his journey–the questions it posed and the answers it yielded. Allan is a sociologist, nonfiction author and novelist best known for his work on issues of privilege and oppression. He is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, the memoir that is the basis of our conversation, Not from Here.