Sponsored by Center for Ethics and Public Engagement
The 2007 hit movie, Freedom Writers, is a film based on Erin Gruwell’s experiences as
an English teacher to inner-city Los Angeles youth.
By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Gruwell
transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about
themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions, and ultimately re-chart their futures. With
Gruwell’s support, they chose to forego teenage pregnancy, drugs, and violence to become
aspiring college students, published writers, and catalysts for change. They dubbed
themselves the “Freedom Writers” –in homage to civil rights activists The Freedom
Riders—and published a book.
Erin Gruwell will speak on campus on Wednesday, February 20th, in Valders 206 at 7:00 pm.
Questions? Contact Krista Holland, CEPE, 563-387-1314