Screening to be followed by discussion and a multimedia project. The Honors Program welcomes all students to participate in this event and project. We ask that faculty encourage students to participate by announcing the event in their classes and, if possible, incorporating it as extra credit.
In the summer of 1968, 140 students from inner city and rural America gathered at the Yale University Divinity School to participate in an educational experiment. White, Black, Puerto Rican, Indian American, and Asian American students, labeled by New Haven newspapers as “underachievers,” were introduced to a “Great American Books” curriculum that included The American Constitution, Native Son, Antigone, and The Communist Manifesto. No one told them they weren’t supposed to excel, and so they did. Walk Right In chronicles these students’ experiences before, during, and after the summer of 1968.
Following the film screening, the Honors Program will curate a multi-media project that responds to Walk Right In. The documentary-makers have provided free access to the film in return for reviews. We are asking students to write or record short responses to the film that the Honors Program will collect, edit and publish online. Students unable to attend the screening on March 19th may still participate in the project.
Please contact me for alternative screening option.