Noted author, attorney, and professor Sheryll Cashin will be the featured lecturer as part of Fisk’s Global and Community Lecture Series on November 6, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. in the Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Cashin is a current professor of constitutional, local government, and property law at Georgetown University and served as an adviser on urban and economic policy in the Clinton Administration. She also served as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Judge Thurgood Marshall as well as Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
During her visit to Fisk, Cashin will address the contributions of a group of notable Fiskites and family members profiled in her latest book, “The Agitator’s Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family.” Cashin is the daughter of Fiskite Dr. John Cashin, civil right activist who campaigned for governor of Alabama against George Wallace in 1970. Sheryll Cashin is also the great niece of Lillian Cashin, former professor and chair of the Fisk University Department of English.
“Generations of extraordinary Fiskites have affected positive changes and made valuable contributions at every level and it is important that we internalize their examples of leadership, service and excellence,” Cashin said.
Cashin’s latest books, “The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream” and “The Agitator’s Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family,” examine themes of social equality and mobility. She has additionally published print commentaries in The Washington Post, The L.A. Times and Education Week and has been featured on national radio and television programs such as All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Tavis Smiley Show and The Newshour with Jim Leher.
Cashin received her bachelors degree with honors from Vanderbilt University. As a Marshall Scholar, Cashin earned a masters degree in English Law with honors from Oxford University and a J.D from Harvard Law School where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.
According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk University, a liberal arts university, produces more African Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation.