Beyond Civil Rights

A Special Program for Summer 2020

Systemic racism in public policy has allowed for the legal discrimination against BIPOC since the beginning of the republic. Some policies, such as Jim Crow laws, were clearly targeted and intentionally racist. However, more recent, seemingly progressive policy has also produced outcomes that either reinforce existing barriers in American society or do little or nothing to undo racist outcomes resulting from past policies. In addition, policies that promote more equality such as school desegregation are often undermined by the lack of more comprehensive reform.

Using Little Rock, Arkansas—the site of President Eisenhower’s desegregation of Central High School in 1957—as a case study, we will explore how urban renewal and other policies undermined the potentially equalizing effects of school desegregation. We will also examine how by failing to account for the impact of past policies, present efforts at reform will come up short of ensuring a more equal union.

Join the Eisenhower Institute for Beyond Civil Rightsa virtual summer program, to further your understanding of systemic racism and learn to analyze public policy through an actively anti-racist lens. Participants should plan to attend five sessions and expect light additional assignments.

Beyond Civil Rights is an extension of our semester-long Inside Civil Rights program. 


Taborian Hall was a cornerstone of Little Rock's West 9th Street, a once thriving African American business district.


All sessions will be conducted remotely over Zoom. Dial-in details will be sent closer to the program dates. 

  • Wednesday, July 8, 7-8:30 p.m. ET: Kick-off with Prof. Rob Bohrer
  • Tuesday, July 21, 7-8:30 p.m. ET: Discovering Dream Land with filmmaker Tanisha Joe-Conway
  • Thursday, July 23, 7-8:30 p.m. ET: The Legacy of West 9th Street with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center director Christina Shutt
  • Wednesday, July 29, 7-8:30 p.m. ET: Voter Suppression with Kat Calvin

This special summer program has a limited number of spaces that will be filled on a first come, first served basis. All current Gettysburg College students and 2020 graduates are eligible to participate. Please contact with any questions.