Immigrants, Refugees, and the Quest for Equality of Education:
Lowell's Separate Irish School System and Its Legacy
with Dr. Gray Fitzsimons, Dr. Patricia Fontaine, and Kristin Gallas
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA
In 1830, Lowell's school committee faced a difficult decision in light of the growing nativist and common school movements in the United States - whether to ensure equity in public education. Following a viewing of "A School for Kids Like Me," the Tsongas Industrial History Center's new short film about this historic debate, historian Gray Fitzsimons will discuss the factors that shaped Lowell's early school system, including the segregation of Irish students. UMass Lowell professor Patricia Fontaine will provide insight on the city's current actions to provide holistic, inclusive education for immigrant students.
Free event. Please RSVP by calling: 978-970-5080 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is part of the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series.