Wednesday January 27 1:00PM CT

Free | Open to the Public | Live on Zoom

2020-2021 Forum Faculty Grantee Mirelsie Velázquez
Rainbolt Family Endowed
Education Presidential Professor
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

“Space, Place, and Schooling: African American and Indigenous Oklahoma, 1865-1925” speaks to the need to place both Oklahoma and communities of color (African American and American Indian being central to this narrative), into a larger conversation within the history of American education and the U.S. more broadly. By centering and documenting schools and schooling, this panel challenges monolithic readings of schools as not only sites of oppression within Oklahoma and Indian Territories, but similarly speak to how both groups enacted agency to situate these spaces as sites of liberation prior to statehood.


Dr. Mirelsie Velázquez is a historian of education in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma, faculty affiliate in History, Women’s and Gender Studies and International Studies. She is interested in issues of race/ethnicity, historical research methods, and gender and sexuality. Her book, Puerto Rican Chicago: Schooling the City, 1940-1977, is forthcoming with University of Illinois Press. Aside from her work on the history of education in the Oklahoma and Indian Territories, Dr. Velázquez is also historicizing Puerto Rican women’s bodies as a roadmap of sorts for an intentional and critical conversation on the social, cultural, and political consequences of the 100 years since Balzac v. People of Porto Rico.

Jennifer Johnson, PhD candidate in the Educational Studies Program in the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies department at the University of Oklahoma, and a 2020 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow. 

Lindsay Stallones Marshall, PhD Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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