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When I Rise

Barbara Conrad at the Texas Capital









The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is pleased to announce that its award-winning  documentary film, When I Rise, premieres on the PBS series Independent Lens, Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 10 PM ET (check your local listings).

When I Rise is the powerful story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who becomes a target of racial discrimination and ultimately ascends to the heights of international opera. When I Rise informs, inspires, and surprises, with a stunning confrontation between Barbara and her past and the tragic insults she endured 53 years ago. Produced by the Briscoe Center, When I Rise is an Alpheus Media Production, in association with Allentown Productions. To learn more about the film and see a schedule of upcoming screenings, visit the official site:

Made possible by the generous support of:

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The Briscoe Center thanks the following University of Texas at Austin entities for their support of When I Rise:

The Office of the President
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
The Butler School of Music
Texas Exes.

Media Contact: Erin Purdy
Office (512) 495-4692

Distribution: Michael Rosen
Office: (818) 733-1002