Program Type:Author Visits
Note: This event will take place in person at the Central Library, but you may register to receive a Zoom link to attend from home.
Historian Todd Mealy will be joining us to discuss his new book Shades of Brown: The Official Biography of Jane Elliott and the Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise, which provides a fascinating, never-before-told reconstruction of Elliott's life as a child on a Depression-era farm in Iowa to her rise as one of the world's leading voices on the anatomy of prejudice. Special guest Jane Elliott will be joining us over Zoom.
Todd M. Mealy is a historian and biographer of books and articles about the civil rights movement and educational reform, including This Is the Rat Speaking, which tells the remarkable story of the Black campus movement of the late 1960s; Displaced: A Holocaust Memoir and the Road to a New Beginning, and Shades of Brown: The Official Biography of Jane Elliott and the Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise. A specialist in 19th and 20th century antislavery and civil rights history, Mealy is also an adjunct professor in the History Department at Dickinson College with more than two decades of experience teaching American history and academic writing at urban and rural schools in Pennsylvania. The founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Customizing Education, Mealy is a sought-after curriculum designer whose work includes the K-12 Nonviolence365 curriculum for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia. Mealy attained his Ph.D. in American Studies from Penn State University, where he graduated with distinction.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase.