Inside Civil Rights

Understand the past to fight for the future.

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Inside Civil Rights examines contemporary civil rights issues through the lens of the past, and specifically from the context of Gettysburg and Little Rock.

Over the years and through both accident and choice, Gettysburg and the College have been at the crossroads of civil rights discourse. The program focuses on some watershed moments—President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, President Eisenhower’s desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, and the Civil Rights Movement—as a benchmark to critically examine the progress (or lack thereof) towards civil rights in the United States.

The program addresses critical and ongoing civil rights issues including education access, housing segregation, criminal justice, and more. Students will explore the connections between these topics and how by failing to account for the impact of discriminatory public policy in the past, current reform efforts will fall short of ensuring a more equal union. 

A collaboration between the Eisenhower Institute, the Garthwait Leadership Center, the Center for Public Service, and the Office of Multicultural Engagement, Inside Civil Rights is facilitated by Prof. Rob Bohrer, Associate Provost and Dean of Public Policy Programs. 

Spring 2021 Schedule