A National Endowment for the Humanities grant to Bryn Mawr College to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation was the topic of an article (PDF) featuring an interview with Olivia Castello, the College Outreach and Information Technology Librarian, in the print edition of the Philadelphia Metro, a free, daily newspaper.
From the article (PDF):
“Discussion is an explicit part of the grant,” says Castello. “The idea is to promote a more public discussion [of civil rights], and that’s why one of the requirements for the grant is to make it open to the public. We’re holding [our first event] in Thomas Great Hall, which is very accessible to everyone.”
The initiative, titled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Over the next two academic years, the College will host events highlighting four powerful documentary films (The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story). The events will feature panel discussions with academics, civil rights activists, and others who have researched and/or experienced firsthand the issues raised by the films.