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SVCC presents Tunnel of Oppression event

Free program set for April 2-3

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
(SVM file photo)
Actor Sam Gendusa escorts Jon Mandrell out of a line as an example of racial profiling during a 2012 Tunnel of Oppression exercise. The exercise is meant to educate and challenge its viewers on issues of oppression, including sexuality, race and bullying. This year's event is planned for April 2-3 in Sauk Valley Community College's east mall and Mathis Theatre.

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College will welcome the public to “rethink their role,” as it presents the Tunnel of Oppression for a fourth year April 2-3 in SVCC’s east mall and Mathis Theatre, 173 state Route 2. There will be two walk-throughs both days from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Tunnel of Oppression is a free, interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression. The event is designed to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression.

More than 35 student and community actors will portray scenarios and skits displaying ableism, heterosexism, sexism, classism, ageism and religious oppression. 

Following the program, facilitators will help participants reflect on their experiences and put their newfound knowledge to use in their everyday lives. 

Following the tours and skits, a presentation will be given by Roy Juarez Jr., who will share his experiences as a homeless teenager who cared for two younger siblings, and soon became a college graduate and president of America’s Business Leaders.

According to a news release, the purpose of the event is to allow people who might have never been placed in these types of situations to obtain a sense of what it actually feels like to be oppressed through the sights and sounds they experience. It will also allow participants to view discrimination from a different perspective.

The Tunnel of Oppression is open to everyone, although material is not recommended for young children. 

For more information, call 815-835-6293.

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