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Exhibition: Tunnel of Oppression

Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

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Saint Louis University's annual Tunnel of Oppression, a collaborative effort between the Cross Cultural Center and Division of Housing and Residence Life, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 15. The Tunnel of Oppression at Saint Louis University is coordinated, written, and designed by SLU students, faculty and staff. The exhibit will be open in the Center for Global Citizenship.

The Tunnel of Oppression is a multisensory exhibition of some of the most difficult and complex issues we face today. The Tunnel experience will demonstrate the concepts of privilege, power and the reality of hate crimes, and covert and open acts of oppression as the community experiences them.

Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. Some examples of the topics included in the Tunnel's past are racism, sexism, homophobia, body image, classism, xenophobia, transphobia and ableism. The exhibition is an interactive experience.

It started as a campus grassroots diversity program at Western Illinois University in 1994 and can now be found at many colleges and universities around the nation. Inspiration from the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. was used as a template for the first Tunnel of Oppression.

For questions or more information, contact Keelah Washington.

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