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Diversity Film Series features ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Oct. 10

Classic 1962 film portrays childhood innocence, message of racial prejudice

Diversity Film SeriesTo Kill a Mockingbird,” starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham and Phillip Alford, explores the injustice of racial prejudice at a time when the world was really just beginning to question and understand attitudes of racial hatred.

The film, the second in Elizabethtown College’s Diversity Film Series, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the College’s Gibble Auditorium. Following the film is discussion by Dr. John Teske, Elizabethtown College professor of Psychology, and Dr. Kyle Kopko, assistant professor of Political Science and director of the Pre-Law program.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a critically-acclaimed, classic trial film exhibiting a portrayal of childhood innocence -- with the understanding of a much advanced maturity -- and a message about racial prejudice, violence, moral tolerance and dignified courage. Released in 1962, the film reflects that era’s state of deep racial problems and social injustice existing in the South. The film was adapted from the 1960 novel of the same name by Harper Lee. It’s a semi-autobiographical account of her life in Monroeville, Ala., with her widower father Amasa Lee, an attorney. The novel, Lee’s only, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960.

The Diversity Film Festival hosted by the College’s Academic Advising features several classic motion pictures throughout the year that deal with diversity. Following each film will be discussion by faculty members. The films are the first to explore particular types of diversity. The films are free and open to the public

Contact: Jean-Paul Benowitz, assistant director of Academic Advising, at 717-361-1110 or

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