On Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m., the UT Issues Committee will be hosting Jane Elliott for a lecture on racial discrimination and bigotry.
Elliott is known for being a leading activist in anti-racism, particularly within the school classroom.
“Her experiment is well known and I’m excited to hear from the person behind it,” said Catherine Moore, a senior at UT.
Elliott will be discussing how the exercise impacted the education system and how its results are still relevant today.
It’s a topic relatable to all majors. This experiment was another step into the right direction of improving humanity. -Catherine Moore, senior at UT
“It’s a topic relatable to all majors,” Moore said, “This experiment was another step into the right direction of improving humanity.”
Elliott’s famous “blue-eyed/brown-eyed” experiment sparked a discussion on the presence of the process by which hate and bigotry are presented to children.
The experiment, or exercise, first took place the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Elliott divided her third grade classroom into two groups: the “superior” blue-eyed individuals and the “inferior” brown-eyed individuals.
She then proceeded to physically divide the children, not allowing blue eyed children to interact with those with brown eyes.Those with blue eyes were also given more privileges and told they were of higher intelligence.
The results showed increased tensions across the groups and it gave the participating students an understanding of what it means to be treated differently because of physical appearance.
The exercise and its outcomes encouraged Elliott to get involved with diversity training.
The event will be held in the UC Auditorium and is free for the public.