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News from the Hilltop “Tunnel of Oppression” returning to Birmingham-Southern College March 28-29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2012

“Tunnel of Oppression” returning to Birmingham-Southern College March 28-29

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College will host the “Tunnel of Oppression” March 28-29 to raise diversity awareness on campus and in the community.

The program will be held in the Norton Campus Center’s Bruno Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public; group tours and walk-ins are encouraged.

The Tunnel of Oppression is a visual, theatrical, and interactive experience that seeks to raise consciousness of contemporary issues of oppression. Several student groups on campus are lending volunteers to act out scenes that highlight themes such as bullying, stereotypes, body image, homelessness, and religious oppression.

For approximately one hour, participants will be guided through a series of dramatic vignettes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. The tour ends in the Empowerment Room for a 15-minute debriefing, where participants will be able to talk about the issues presented and reflect on their experiences.

The interactive guided tours are only available for individuals who register, and there will be a limited number of spaces available each day. Guided tours are from 4-8 p.m. (the last tour begins at 7 p.m.). Self-guided tours of the exhibit will be offered for groups and individuals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

“This is the second time the college has hosted the exhibit and we’ve had great success in raising awareness about various forms of oppression that exist today,” remarked Erica Brown, director of the BSC Office of Multicultural Affairs, which is a sponsor of the event, along with a dozen other campus offices and organizations. “The tunnel gives participants the opportunity to see, hear and feel the realities of oppression as a stepping stone toward creating more diversity awareness in their own lives.”

The exhibit, loosely based on the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, originated at Western Illinois University.

For more information about the Tunnel of Oppression, contact Brown at 205/226-4733 or ebrown@bsc.edu. Visit www.bsc.edu/campus/student-affairs/multicultural/TOP to make reservations and to obtain additional information.

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