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Residence hall staffers organize exhibit on oppression

Jan. 31, 2011

KALAMAZOO--A free two-day exhibition at Western Michigan University offers the public a chance to learn more about various oppressed populations within society.

The "Tunnel of Oppression" exhibition will be open from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 8-9, in the Eldridge-Fox Residence Hall. Because of the graphic content of some exhibits, it is not recommended for people under age 18.

"Tunnel of Oppression" is a diversity program that uses sensory experience to provide a glimpse into the realities of oppression in society. Exhibits are set up in a series of rooms, or "tunnel," and participants experience a different oppressed group as they move from room to room.

Some of the rooms deal with oppression of the poor, children and individuals with disabilities, while others deal with topics such as veterans, body image and sex trafficking.

The exhibition takes about 30 minutes to experience. Staff members from the WMU Office of Residence Life will be on hand each day immediately after the exhibition closes to debrief with participants.

Eldridge-Fox Hall is located on East Pond Drive at the north end of WMU's main campus and may be reached by following the Ring Road. Interactive and printable campus maps can be found online.

For more information about the "Tunnel of Oppression," contact Laura Darrah, WMU assistant director of residence life, at laura.darrah@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4463.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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