The Complete Blue Eyed with Jane Elliot

Blue-Eyed  Brown-Eyed

Interview with Jane Elliot on Racism

The Complete Blue Eyed Mirlyn Record

For over 30 years Jane Elliott has been America’s most highly acclaimed diversity trainer. Her powerful and controversial “blue eyed/brown eyed” exercise has had a life-changing impact on thousands in schools, corporations and government. The original “Blue eyed,” the definitive record of her technique, proved so powerful that it has been made into three separate versions so it can be conveniently used in any setting. 30-minute blue-eyed (the most concise version) / producers, Claus Strigel, Bertram Verhaag (30 min.) — Essential blue-eyed / trainer’s ed., with debriefing with Jane Elliott) / producers, Claus Strigel, Bertram Verhaag (90 min.) — Blue-eyed (original version) / producers, Claus Strigel, Bertram Verhaag (93 min.) — [Blue eyed] Trainer’s manual (suggestion for using “blue eyed” in diversity training programs).


A Class Divided Mirlyn Record

In 1968, after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jane Elliott, a public school teacher in Riceville, Iowa, divided her all-white third-graders into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups for a lesson in discrimination. On successive days, each group was treated as inferior and subjected to discrimination. A 1970 documentary, Eye of the storm, presented this experiment on television. This documentary reunites the teacher and students 15 years after the experiment to analyze its enduring effects.

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Jane Elliott is an American former schoolteacher, recognized most prominently as an anti-racism activist and educator. She is also known as a feminist and LGBT activist. Elliott created the famous “blue-eyed/brown-eyed” exercise, first done with third-grade school children in the 1960s, which later became the basis for her career in diversity training. The exercise was conducted the day following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The purpose of the exercise was to try to teach her students the effects of being a minority. Her exercise, and the subsequent controversy, became the basis for the television documentaries Eye of the Storm and A Class Divided. Elliott was also recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education and many other awards. Source


Breaking the Silence: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Foster Youth Tell their Stories

Ten short stories told by LGBTQ youth about their experiences with the foster care system.

A tool for training care providers on working effectively with LGBTQ youth.

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Askwith Recommends: When I Walk

Seven years and 3,600 hours of footage after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Jason DaSilva brings an intimate portrait of his own physical transformation to the big screen with When I Walk. In a culture where disability is often reduced to a character trait- he is disabled, she is disabled- When I Walk asks about disability as a process. When do you become disabled in your path from able-bodied? What are the pivotal moments indicating your life will never be as it once was? DaSilva’s story elegantly unfolds with the camera as his witness on his journey toward activism. Harrowing and optimistic, his chronicle reminds us of the beauty of fleeting moments, the importance of humor, and the presence of possibility.

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Don’t Dodge the Diversity Question!

Nicole Matois an associate professor of English at the College of DuPage. She is a Chicago-based writer whose published work focuses on topics including higher education and special needs parenting. Click here for post

RePost: The Journal of Creative Library Practice

Supporting Transgender Individuals in Libraries: Developing Responsive Policies Click Here

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National Parks Service Women’s Rights

Cayuga Lake Heritage

An overview of the history of and the struggle for women’s rights movement in nineteenth century United States. Tells the story of the First Women’s Rights Convention in dramatized interactions between a sister and brother from 1848 to the 1860s. Includes vignettes of young people discussing their views of the women’s rights struggle. Also includes numerous archival photographs from the era. Voice-overs include excerpts of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s speech at the Convention proclaiming that all men and women are created equal. Shown at the visitor’s center of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

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National Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit July 16 – 20 2014



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The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) program and friends will host the 2014 National Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit from July 16-20, 2014. The conference’s focus on women recognizes the NTF program’s new organizational link with the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Monument, and will explore her involvement with the Underground Railroad as part of a larger story of women’s participation in the movement, as freedom seekers, and as operatives.

For more information click on the links above or contact the Diane Miller, National Program Manager, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, 402-661-1588 ( or Déanda Johnson, Midwest Regional Coordinator, 402-661-1590 (

Inclusive Playgrounds


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Playgrounds should be thrilling for all children. That’s why Miracle offers inclusive and accessible playgrounds and products designed to provide access and interaction for children of all abilities. With fun and engaging designs that allow access to multiple levels, and play events that encourage social inclusion and sensory play, Miracle inclusive and accessible playgrounds create a fun and interactive environment that everyone can enjoy.

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Askwith Recommends: Miss You Can Do It


For children with a learning or physical disability, the focus is often on what’s wrong. This uplifting HBO Documentary Film chronicles the efforts of Abbey Curran, a former Miss Iowa USA and the first woman with a disability to compete in the Miss USA Pageant, and eight girls with various disabilities as they participate in a pageant.

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