From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory’s Dental School History

New-Brickman-SliderIn 1952, after completing his first year of dental school, Dr. Perry Brickman received a letter ejecting him from Emory University. He suspected that he had been singled out because he was Jewish. But he had no idea that from 1949-1962, 65% of all the Jewish students would be flunked out or forced to repeat years of classes.

In 2006, Dr. Brickman by chance viewed a bar graph included in a 1962 book by the Anti-Defamation League, reflecting these harsh statistics. He was shocked, and went on a four year mission to locate, video, and document his and other students’ stories for the first time. Once compiled, he presented the DVD to Emory. Last year, Emory invited all of the former dental students and their families to the campus for a formal apology. A documentary film commissioned by Emory including Dr. Brickman’s footage was premiered, revealing the systematic pattern of discrimination. This story has also been featured in the New York Times and in publications around the world.

Dr. Brickman graduated fourth in his class from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry, is a retired oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Atlanta, and Past President of the Atlanta Jewish Federation.

There will be two opportunities to view this short documentary and to hear Dr. Brickman’s remarkable story on Wednesday, October 9.

Men’s Club Lunch at the CSJCC
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Women are welcome to attend. The cost of the lunch is $7; no charge for the program only.  Please contact Mindy Prescott at 918-495-1100 or mprescott@jewishtulsa.org no later than Oct. 7 to make reservations.

Midrasha at Congregation B’nai Emunah
7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This presentation is for adults and students. There is no charge, but please RSVP to Guido Setton at 918-495-1100 or gsetton@jewishtulsa.org no later than Oct. 7.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these special programs.


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