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College receives Created Equal grant

Lycoming College has received a Created Equal grant to show the film set, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” along with a programming stipend from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The grant is a part of the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the NEH has developed a special project where up to 500 communities across the nation will receive a packaged set of NEH-funded films on Civil Rights history, accompanied by programming resources to guide public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. history.

The films focus on abolitionists, slavery and the Freedom Riders. The college will host three free public film screening and discussions focusing on themes in the films. Programming will begin in fall 2014, depending on the speakers and their availability, said Jessica Oberlin, assistant professor and instructional services librarian, who will be the main coordinator of the grant.

“Colleges and universities are natural leaders in education,” said Sarah Silkey, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, who will help to coordinate events as a scholar of African-American history with a special interest in the topic. “It is part of our duty and mission as a college to incorporate the community into the programming that we do in order to immerse students into the communities they will become a part of after graduation.”

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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