Divistion of Student Life News

Jane Elliott to Speak Tonight on Prejudice

Jane Elliott, lecturer and former teacher famous for her Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise, will speak on campus tonight. The event will be held in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. In 1968, Elliott was a teacher in Riceville, Iowa, and decided to do an exercise with her third-grade class to demonstrate prejudice in human nature. She divided her students based on their eye color, telling them that the brown-eyed children were superior. She wanted to teach her white students what it felt like to experience discrimination based on the way they looked.