Hybrid Event at Congregation Beth Israel: Andrew Feiler presents A Better Life for Their Children

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Image shows a black border around a white box containing the text: Andrew Feiler presents A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR CHILDREN at Congregation Beth Israel. Sunday, May 22, 2022. 7 PM ET. HYBRID. Next to the text are a photo of Feiler and the front cover of the book.

Malaprop's is pleased to partner with host Congregation Beth Israel and the Rosenwald Collaborative to present this hybrid event with Andrew Feiler.

There is an option to attend virtually and a limited number of seats are available to attend in person at Congregation Beth Israel. Registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance. 

  • Please click here to register for the VIRTUAL event. The link required to attend will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. 
  • Please click here to register for the IN-PERSON event. Masks are encouraged but not required for the in-person audience at Congregation Beth Israel. 

Andrew Feiler is a photographer and author and a fifth generation Georgian. Having grown up Jewish in  Savannah, he has been shaped by the rich complexities of the American South. Feiler has long been active in civic life. He has helped create over a dozen community initiatives, serves on multiple not-for-profit boards, and is an active advisor to numerous elected officials and political candidates. His art is an extension of his civic values.  

Feiler’s newest book of photography, A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T.  Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America, was recently published by the University of Georgia Press. This work is the first comprehensive photodocumentary of the program created by Tuskegee Institute principal Booker T. Washington and Sears, Roebuck & Company president Julius Rosenwald. From 1912 to 1937, this collaboration built 4,978 schools for African American children across 15 southern and border states and transformed America.

Feiler’s Rosenwald school images have received a number of early honors. Photolucida named them a 2020 Top 50 portfolio and Photoville selected them for “The Fence,” an outdoor exhibition displayed  internationally in eleven cities. They were also part of the Currents 2020 exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. The solo exhibition of this work is now on tour and is on view  at the Charlotte Museum of History in Charlotte, January 15, 2022 – June 18, 2022.

Feiler’s earlier book, Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color, was also published by the University of  Georgia Press. Focused on the largely abandoned campus of an historically black college, this body of artistic documentary photography offers a new way into the debate raging in our society about the  essential role education has played as the foundation of the American Dream.

Feiler’s photographs have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, Slate, Architect, Preservation, Eye on Photography, Lenscratch, Oxford American, The Bitter Southerner, The Forward, numerous other magazines and newspapers, and on CBS News and NPR. His work has been displayed in galleries and museums including solo exhibitions at such venues as the National Civil Rights Museum at  the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, and International  Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, NC. His work is in public and private collections including that of Atlanta University Center and Emory University.

Feiler earned his bachelor’s in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a master’s in modern history from Oxford University and a master’s in business  administration from Stanford University. Feiler’s work can be seen at andrewfeiler.com.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Attend Online OR at Congregation Best Israel
229 Murdock Ave.
Asheville, NC 28804
A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools That Changed America Cover Image
By Andrew Feiler, John Lewis (Foreword by), Jeanne Cyriaque (Contribution by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9780820358413
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - May 1st, 2021