Diversity sensitivity trainer Jane Elliott to speak Jan. 20


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Antiracism activist and diversity trainer Jane Elliott will present “Power and Prejudice” in a free, public event Jan. 20 at the University of Louisville.

    Elliott’s presentation will run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.

    UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring the event with the Louisville Human Relations Commission. Elliott also is keynote speaker that day for the commission’s 14th annual Race and Relations Conference.

    Elliott is known for her “blue eyes-brown eyes” exercise, first used in her Iowa elementary school and later expanded to diversity sensitivity training done for Fortune 500 corporations. The experiment labels participants as inferior or superior based solely on eye color and exposes them to the experience of being in a minority. She developed the exercise in response to the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. decades ago.

    The lecturer is expected to discuss her view that racism is an emotional commitment to ignorance and that education should lead people out of ignorance.

    For more information, contact Linda L. Wilson at 502-852-0274 or llwils01@louisville.edu

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.