Experience ‘Tunnel of Oppression’ Wednesday, Nov. 9

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University will sponsor three performances of the “Tunnel of Oppression” at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on the Huntington campus.

Marshall is joining a growing list of schools that are staging their own interactive Tunnel of Oppression experience, said John Yaun, Marshall’sDirector of Housing and Residence Life. Originally developed at Western Illinois University, the Tunnel of Oppression, a collaborative event involving several campus departments and offices, will allow participants to experience different forms of oppression and discrimination through interactive scenes, monologues and multimedia.

“Participants will have the opportunity to see, touch, hear and feel the realities of oppression as a stepping stone toward creating diversity awareness and tolerance, and challenging our perceptions about issues surrounding oppression,” Yaun said. “The Tunnel of Oppression is about creating a ‘sensory experience’ that will open people’s eyes and hopefully serve as an agent of social change and a model of consciousness-raising, reflecting the realities of oppression in today’s society.”

Participants will be able to see and experience scenes regarding body image/obesity, autism, international student discrimination, homophobia, religious oppression, relationship violence and race, Yaun said.

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