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ESR Emergent Scholar Lecture Series Presentation set for Sept. 17

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Dana Hart

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research (ESR) will host its first Emergent Scholar Lecture of the academic year Sept. 17 with “Toward an Ideal of Moral and Democratic Education: Afro-Creoles and Straight University in Reconstruction New Orleans, 1862-1896.”

The program, presented by Louisiana State University doctoral candidate Dana Hart, will be held from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the Gonzalez Auditorium of the Liberal Arts Building, room 108. Admission is free and faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

Straight University emerged as an integrated institution of higher learning in New Orleans in 1870, offering education and training for students regardless of race, gender or ethnicity during Reconstruction. Hart will discuss the university’s important influence in shaping the direction of Southern society in the Reconstruction era, and the impact of the Afro-Creole community in its development.

Hart’s doctoral program is educational leadership and research. He also serves as director of enrollment and student services for LSU’s Flores MBA program. His research interests include the history of higher education, politics and policy in public higher education, educational leadership and access, retention and student success.

This lecture is supported by the Graduate Education Research Association (GERA), the Southern Miss Education Law Association (SMELA) and the Higher Education Student Affairs Association (HESAA). For more information about this event, contact Christina Gladney at or Dr. Eric Platt at To learn more about the Department of Educational Studies and Research, visit