Cassandra (Casey) Mesick Braun is the co-director of the "Native American and African American Education in Kansas, 1830-1960" workshop. In addition to attending all workshop events and serving as a primary contact for you, Casey is curating the special exhibition Separate and Not Equal: A History of Race and Education in America specifically for the workshops. She will lead an interactive tour of this exhibition and share the other collections and resources the Spencer Museum of Art will offer during the workshops. With Celka Straughn and Connor Warner, Casey is a Core Faculty member for this workshop and will serve on the selection committee.
Casey serves as the Curator of Global Indigenous Art at the Spencer Museum of Art and oversees a diverse collection of art and material culture from the Americas, Africa, and Oceania which she integrates into exhibitions, programming, and teaching. Her interests include Native American art, global health and wellness, global Indigeneity, and multiculturalism. She has independently and collaboratively curated many exhibitions at the Spencer including The Object Speaks, Inventing Childhood, Personal Geometry: Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji and Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell, Conversation XVII: Photographic Memory, Comanche Is Dead: A Project by Diego Teo, and Roots and Journeys: Encountering Global Art and Culture. In addition to her museum work, Casey serves on the Core Faculty for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, teaches for the Honors Program at KU, and will serve as a 2017 Social Justice Fellow through KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. She has co-authored Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color and has contributed to several volumes, including Re-Presenting the Past: Archaeology through Text and Image, Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea and An Inconstant Landscape: The Archaeology of El Zotz, Guatemala.
PhD, Brown University
MA, Brown University
BA, New York University