Flash Readings, Episode 5: “The Moment John Roberts’s Words Cease to Matter”

Marietta High School Letter. Photograph by Ruthie Yow. Logo by Yongmin Kim.

Photograph by Ruthie Yow. Logo by Yongmin Kim.

In Flash Reading 5, former Brittain Fellow Ruthie Yow (2015-17) takes Chief Justice John Roberts to task for his majority opinion in the landmark Supreme Court case of 2007, Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1. According to Yow, the Court’s decision indexes “the impoverished state of integration strategies” in public schools throughout the country and the “very ambiguous legacy” of the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision of 1954. Her study of that legacy in the flagship public high school of her hometown, Marietta, Georgia, is the subject of her book, Students of the Dream: Resegregation in a Southern Cityjust out from Harvard University Press.

The podcast above can be played using the embedded player or downloaded as an mp3 file.

In the new year you can look forward to Flash Readings by Brittain Fellows Matt Dischinger, Jeff Fallis, and Anna Ioanes. Catch you in 2018!


Works Cited

The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles. University of California Regents, 2017, civilrightsproject.ucla.edu. Accessed 3 Dec. 2017.

Frankenberg, Erica, and Gary Orfield, eds. The Resegregation of Suburban Schools: A Hidden Crisis in American Education. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2012.

Roberts, John. “Majority Opinion.” Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, 551 U.S. 701, 28 June 2007, Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C. Opinion Announcement. Oyez, Cornell Legal Information Institute, Justia, and Chicago-Kent School of Law, 2017, oyez.org/cases/2006/05-908. Sound Recording. Accessed 3 Dec. 2017.

Yow, Ruth Carbonette. Students of the Dream: Resegregation in a Southern City. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2017.

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About Lauren A Neefe

Lauren Neefe is a lecturer in Georgia Tech's School of Literature, Media, and Communication, where she teaches multimodal courses on sound, Romanticism, and epistolary genres. Her scholarship focuses on Romantic media and genre, in particular the articulation of letter writing and poetry in print. She has an article on Romanticism and Conceptualism forthcoming in Jacket2.
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