Who is Jane Elliot?

Power, Perception and Prejudice | February 3, 2011

Jane Elliott to Present on Power, Perception and Prejudice
at Xavier University
Known for famous Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes Exercise in 3rd grade classroom
Activist and lecturer Jane Elliott will speak at Xavier University at 7 pm in the Duff Banquet Room of the Cintas Center on February 10 as a part of the University’s Black History Month events.  Her lecture is free and open to all members of the community.  Free parking for the event is available in the Cintas Center lot. 
A former elementary teacher from Iowa, Elliott has committed herself to leading a fight against racial ignorance in society.  She is famous for creating “The Blue Eyes, Brown Eye Project in her third-grade classroom in all-white, all-Christian Riceville, Iowa, immediately after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The sensitizing exercise labeled the participants either inferior or superior based solely on the color of their eyes. 
This allowed many white people to personally experience the feeling of being discriminated against in the same way that society often discriminates against women, people of color, homosexuals and the disabled.  "Painful as it is," Elliott says, "my exercise is not invasive.  It forces people to think in new ways."
Elliott has conducted her exercise throughout the country for the past 30 years and today works with college students in hopes of influencing the next generation.  Her work was featured in several documentaries including the Emmy award-winning "Eye of the Storm." Elliott has appeared on Oprah, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and a number of television specials including being chosen as Person of the Week with ABC's Peter Jennings.
This presentation is co-sponsored by Xavier’s vice provost for diversity, and offices of student life and leadership, student involvement, student government association, resident student association, multicultural affairs, and residence life.
For more information call 513-745-4998.