Fellows' Presentation, Virtual Event

The American School in Red, White, and Black

Photo courtesy of Jarvis R. GivensPhoto courtesy of Jarvis R. Givens

Part of the 2020–2021 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Jarvis R. Givens RI '21

Free and open to the public.

Registration is required and will open later this fall.

As a Radcliffe fellow, Jarvis R. Givens is writing “The American School in Red, White, and Black,” which revises the story of education in the United States during the 19th century. By analyzing literature on Native, white, and Black education, he reveals how experiences unique to Native communities, such as missionary and residential boarding schools, and experiences of Black people, such as the criminalization of literacy and then systematic underdevelopment of black segregated schools, were not anomalies but, in fact, structural features of a broader schooling apparatus of the state. Givens pulls together these three bodies of literature—previously treated separately—with primary historical sources and theoretical insights from Native American studies and Black studies to render a new origin story of education in the United States.


Free and open to the public. To view this event online, individuals will need to register via Zoom.

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Live closed captioning will be available for this webinar.