When I Rise Digital Field Trip
In this documentary a gifted Black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil-rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar. This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. When I Rise is a testament to finding forgiveness within oneself.
Preview the Documentary
Available asynchronously October 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022
Documentary run time: 73 minutes
Q&A Panel Discussion
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Dr. Don Carleton, Producer of When I Rise, Executive Director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin
Mat Hames, Director of When I Rise, Founder of Alpheus Media
Eva Goins Simmons, Member of The Precursors (the first Black undergraduate students to attend UT Austin)
Icy Simpson-Monroe, Opera singer featured in When I Rise
Dr. Dwonna Goldstone (moderator), Director of the African American Studies Program at Texas State University
When I Rise interactive study guide with TEKS connections to Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning, Fine Arts
Paramount Theatre Digital Tour
Experience the Paramount like never before, getting up close to the ornate proscenium, going backstage, and into the film booth.
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