March 21, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jane Elliott, anti-racist activist and educator, will give the talk, "A Question of Color: An Eye-Opening Exercise in the Sociology of Racism," Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center at Bucknell.

According to Molly Dragiewicz, director of the Women's Resource Center, Elliott devised the controversial "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

She divided her third-grade class in a small Iowa town into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups as a way to teach them about discrimination.

Elliott and the results of her exercise have been featured in a number of documentary films, including "A Class Divided," which is a staple on many PBS channels, in high schools and in college courses.

"The exercise exposes participants to the experience of being a minority in order to help them understand the impact of racism and other forms of discrimination," said Dragiewicz.

The talk also is sponsored by the Bucknell African Students Association, the Committee for Campus Diversity, the department of sociology, the offices of Human Resources, Academic Affairs, and Multicultural Student Services, the Race/Gender Resource Center, Sirens, the University Lectureship Committee, the women's and gender studies program, and V- Day.

For more information, call the Women's Resource Center at 577-1375.

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