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When: Friday, June 13, 2014
1-2pm ET

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Friday, June 13, 2014 1-2 PM ET
Philadelphia Schools in a Changing Terrain
Guests: Abigail Perkiss and Susan DeJarnatt

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In her new book, Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia, Abigail Perkiss describes historical efforts of the West Mount Airy neighborhood to coalesce around a goal of residential and educational integration, and how those ideals evolved in a turbulent era. Susan DeJarnatt is a professor at Temple Law School whose research includes educational reform and the psychology of parental choice in education.

Abigail Perkiss, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of History at Kean University in Union, NJ. She is broadly trained in U.S. history, twentieth century urban culture, African American history, oral history, and legal history. Her research centers on the history of race, ethnicity, and urban identity in post-WWII American cities, and has been guided by questions of identity creation, community cohesion, and historical memory. Dr. Perkiss completed her JD and PhD in U.S. history at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a barred attorney in the state of Pennsylvania, and serves as the faculty advisor for the Kean University Pre-Law Society and Kean University Historical Society. Previously, she earned a graduate certificate in creative nonfiction writing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with an AB in sociology and a minor in creative writing.

Professor Susan DeJarnatt began teaching legal research and writing at Temple Law School in July 1996. Her scholarly research focuses on rhetoric in the debates about bankruptcy and education reform and parental educational choice, and she has researched the economics of charter schools in the city and cyber charter schools in the state. In 2008 Professor DeJarnatt won the University Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Before teaching full time, she was a staff attorney at Community Legal Services, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1985 to 1996, specializing in consumer protection, bankruptcy, and housing issues; and from 1982 to 1984, an associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Litvin, Blumberg, Matusow and Young. Following graduation from law school, she served for two years as law clerk to the Honorable Joseph S. Lord, III, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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