House of the Good Shepherd, Classroom; original image created 1955 by Charles L. Franck Photographers; later print created between 1979 and 1983 by Nancy Ewing Miner; the Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1979.325.2276

House of the Good Shepherd, Classroom; original image created 1955 by Charles L. Franck Photographers; later print created between 1979 and 1983 by Nancy Ewing Miner; the Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1979.325.2276

August 7, 2019

6-8 p.m.

Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St.

Admission is free.

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On Wednesday, August 7, The Historic New Orleans Collection will host an evening panel that brings together writers and scholars illuminating the unique relationship between race and education in New Orleans.

Moderated by Xavier University’s David Robinson-Morris, “Separate and Unequal: African Americans’ Struggle for Schooling before and after the Civil War” will explore educational history in New Orleans from the antebellum era through Reconstruction and the 20th century.

The panel will feature writer Fatima Shaik (Saint Peter’s University), journalist Daniel Brook and historian Walter C. Stern (University of Wisconsin-Madison), each of whom has done extensive work in concert with THNOC. More information about each speaker may be found below.

About the speakers

Daniel Brook is a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. In his latest book, The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction, Brook journeys to 19th-century New Orleans and Charleston and introduces readers to its cosmopolitan residents who eluded the now-binary racial categories the rest of America takes for granted. His prior book A History of Future Cities was longlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize and selected as one of the ten “Favorite Books of 2013” by the Washington Post. Brook’s research and writing have been supported by fellowships from institutions including the Library of Congress and Tulane University’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. Born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, and educated at Yale University, Brook lives in New Orleans.

David W. Robinson-Morris is the founding director of The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana, assistant professor in the Division of Education and Counseling, and serves as the university’s director of corporate and foundation relations. He obtained his BA in communications–public relations from Loyola University New Orleans in 2006 and an MPA from the University of New Orleans in 2011. He holds a PhD in educational leadership and research with a dual concentration in higher education administration and curriculum theory, and an EdS certificate in educational leadership with a focus on applied research, measurement, and evaluation, both from Louisiana State University. Robinson-Morris’s primary area of research utilizes non-Western philosophies and spiritualties to explore understandings of humanness, being, subjectivity, and the hope of education toward a deepening of our shared humanity.  He is the author of Ubuntu and Buddhism in Higher Education: An Ontological (Re)Thinking, published by Routledge and released in November 2018.  He is a native of Galveston, Texas.

Fatima Shaik is a US author and New Orleans native whose writing explores the human spirit and the intersection of cultures. Her books include the children’s titles Melitte and The Jazz of Our Street and, for adults, What Went Missing and What Got Found, which is number one on Goodreads’ Great African American Short Story Collections list. A former daily reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and desk editor for McGraw-Hill World News, she has freelanced for the New York Times, Essence, In These Times, and others. She is a member of The Writers Room and assistant professor at Saint Peter’s University. As co-chair of the Children’s and Young Adult Books Committee, she is a trustee of PEN America. Her first nonfiction book, about the free men of color who built Economy Hall, will be published by The Historic New Orleans Collection in 2020. 

Walter C. Stern is assistant professor of educational policy studies and history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A New Orleans native, he earned his BA in American studies from Yale University and his MA and PhD in history from Tulane University. Stern’s research focuses on the historical intersection of race and education in the urban United States. He is the author of Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764–1960, which received the 2018 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History. The book explores the critical role that schools played in the development of the modern segregated metropolis. He is working on a book project on the intertwined histories of school desegregation and mass incarceration that seeks to understand the origins and development of punitive policies that criminalize youth of color. His teaching and research interests developed out of his experiences teaching public high school in Mississippi, covering education for a daily newspaper in Georgia, and working as a consultant for multiple education and civil rights initiatives in Louisiana.