Join us for a special reading with Dr. Jessie Morgan-Owens on her new book, GIRL IN BLACK AND WHITE, followed by a Q&A with hometown hero Sam Anderson.
DR. JESSIE MORGAN-OWENS is a scholar, educator, and writer. Her research in photography and abolition has been supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, and she currently is the Dean of Studies and director of curriculum at Bard Early College in New Orleans. In addition to her academic work in photography, Jessie shoots professionally with the award winning team Morgan & Owens. Jessie lives in New Orleans with her family.
SAM ANDERSON is a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, and the author of the literary sensation of 2018, BOOM TOWN. He lives in Beacon, NY.
On GIRL IN BLACK AND WHITE: “In a tour de force of historical recovery, Girl in Black and White combines a compelling, meticulously researched biography of the slave child abolitionists adored (and exploited) with a fascinating history of photography and visual culture. At the same time, Morgan-Owens’s careful inquiry into the complexities of so-called white slavery provides a disturbing look at the limits of social sympathy that relies on similarity. This beautifully written book challenges sentimental notions of national progress and offers new ways to patch together the true story of America’s racial past.”
—Carla Kaplan, author of Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance