Dr. Jack Dougherty, an Associate Professor of Educational Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, recently presented materials from an ongoing collaboration with UConn scholars, Michael Howser and Clarissa Ceglio. Dr. Dougherty and colleagues sparked a series of conversations about segregation and schooling based on a new interactive book, On the Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and Its Suburbs. This book-in-progress explores how schooling and housing boundaries have shaped metropolitan Hartford over the past century, and the struggles of families and activists to cross over, redraw, or erase these powerful dividing lines.
To share this story with broader audiences, Dr. Dougherty and contributors have created an open-access scholarly book, including interactive maps and oral history videos. You can explore these materials online for free at On the Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and Its Suburbs. The book is an excellent example of how to present scholarly arguments in ways that are engaging for multiple audiences within and beyond academia. Dr. Dougherty’s own website also includes a wide range of resources for anyone exploring or teaching courses related to education reform and inequality.