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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( November 5, 1998)
JANE ELLIOTT AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS AT 5: 30 PM TODAY AT SDSM& T PRIOR TO HER PROGRAM ON PREJUDICE
Jane Elliott will be available to the media for interviews at 5: 30 p. m. today in the SDSM& T Surbeck Student Center Bump Lounge prior to the presentation of her program on prejudice this evening. Elliott, who developed her famous “ Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes” exercises to demonstrate discrimination to her third grade students after Martin Luther King, Jr.’ s assassination in 1968, will begin her three- hour program at 6: 00 p. m. in the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom.
Over the past twenty years, the former Iowa teacher has committed herself to leading a fight against prejudice, ignorance and racism in society. Today her audience is much broader than her third- grade class, including teachers, students, military and corporate America. In her workshops she divides people on the basis of two arbitrary physical properties— blue or brown eyes. She declares the latter to be better and more intelligent and grants them privileges she denies to the blue- eyed group. For the first time many white people experience the feeling of being discriminated against, similar to the discrimination experienced by many minority groups. In a short period of time Jane Elliott manages to build up a realistic microcosm of society with all the rage and feelings found in our society at large.
Jane Elliott and her work have been the subject of three documentaries: Eye of the Storm, Eye of the Beholder, and the 1996 release of Blue Eyed. Elliott is to be the subject of a feature length film produced by Disney and starring Susan Sarandon.
The event is open to the general public. Tickets are $ 3 ($ 2 with a canned food donation) or free with Tech ID to students, faculty and staff and a guest. Tickets will guarantee seating only until 5: 45 p. m., when the doors will be opened to non- ticket holders for seating on a first- come, first- served basis.
To schedule an interview with Jane Elliott or obtain additional information, call University & Public Relations at 394- 6082 or 394- 2554.
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