Lincroft, NJ – Jane Elliott, known for her famous “blue eyed/brown-eyed” exercise with children that later became the basis for her career in diversity training will return to Brookdale College October 7. She will present an all day workshop exposing prejudice and bigotry in which participants will be exposed to an exercise in discrimination based on eye color.
In 1968, then a teacher in a small all white Iowa town, Jane Elliott divided her third grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. Elliott’s program title, A Collar in My Pocket, references the color of the collar uses to designate the school children’s eye color.
“A Class Divided” is the PBS Frontline story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children and its enduring power thirty years later. The hour long presentation and an extensive chronicle of Elliott’s work may be viewed online at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/divided/ .
The program will be held in the Warner Student Life Center, lower level, Twin Light room I & II from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event is free, open to the community and registration for individuals or groups may be made by calling 732-224-2106.