Film examines dental school's discriminatory past

A new documentary that examines past discrimination of Jewish students at the Emory University School of Dentistry will be shown next month at the university.

"From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory's Dental School History," documents a pattern of mistreatment of the school's Jewish students from 1948 to 1961, according to an article on the university's website.

These students failed or were forced to repeat courses with significantly greater frequency than their classmates. Evidence of discrimination had been put before the Anti-Defamation League some 50 years ago, but the dean and faculty denied any wrongdoing.

Emory's dental school has been closed since the early 1990s, the article noted.

For the film, former Emory University dental school student Perry Brickman interviewed dozens of former Emory dental students to create an oral history of that period and conducted documentary research to substantiate their stories. He also interviewed current Emory faculty members and administrators.

The film was commissioned by the university and produced by Duke and Associates.

It will be shown October 10 in the Cox Hall ballroom at the Atlanta campus. The screening is free of charge.

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