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Tunnel of Oppression and Multicultural Week Events

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Posted from WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Jessica StumpF

Dr. Stumpf to present on March 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Tunnel of Oppression and Multicultural Week Events March 22 – 26 at WSU
Winona State University’s Inclusion and Diversity Office, Southeast Technical College, Women’s and Gender Studies and the Women’s Resource Center present the Tunnel of Oppression and Multicultural Week, March 22-26, 2010, East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

The Tunnel of Oppression is a student led interactive learning and multimedia experience for all of the Winona, Minnesota community.  The event takes individuals and groups on a tour through a series of rooms where different kinds of injustices and other diversity/cultural issues are acted out and or depicted. The purpose of the Tunnel is to give people firsthand knowledge of some of the social injustices and discrimination that occurs both nationally and internationally. The Tunnel of oppression is intended to be eye-opening and conscious building. The rationale is that individuals are sometimes unable to fully understand oppression and discrimination until they have experienced it first-hand or made aware of it. The experience should stimulate thoughts, feelings and emotions around the issues and images presented. Our hope in the Winona community that through learning facts about issues related to social justice and about systems of oppression and emotionally experiencing it in a safer environment, we will encourage and empower individuals to make choices that reduce the power that these systems have on all of us, regardless of our backgrounds.

 

In the past there has not been a theme associated with the Tunnel of Oppression and Multicultural Week. This year in association with Women’s History month the focus will center around women and oppression.

 

Student organizations and rooms they are sponsoring.

 

Black Cultural Awareness Association – Violence and Abuse Against Women

Asian American Club – Female Trafficking and Prostitution

Global Studies Student Association – Poverty Among Women

United Nations – Women and Education Globally

Muslim Student Association – Views of Muslim Women

Hmong American Student Association – Women and Body Images

Biology Club – Women and Reproductive Health

Phi Theta Chi Sorority – Cancer Affecting Women

Toss Out Hate – Gender Equality

The Tunnel of Oppression is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

 

Presentations

Herstory: The Evolution of Women’s Rights in America

Date:  Monday, March 22, 2010

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jessica Stumpf, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Southeast Technical College

Location: East Hall, Kryzsko Commons

Time: 7:00 p.m.

 

Dr. Stumpf will discuss the advancement of women’s rights in the United States beginning with the suffrage movement of the late 1800’s through the current day. Two women who greatly influenced the advancement of women’s rights and opportunities will be highlighted. Susan B. Anthony and Gloria Steinem, both champions of women’s rights, worked tirelessly challenging the beliefs and practices of their day.

 

Gender Equality
Date:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Event: Toss Out Hate
Guest Speaker: Dr. April Herndon, Assistant Professor English Department and Women and Gender Studies  
Location: East Hall, Kryzsko Commons
Time: 2:00 p.m.

 

We Are Dreamers

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Guest Performance: Winona Senior High School Student Group – Forever On Route To Independence, Tolerance, Understanding, Development & Education (FORTITUDE)

Location: East Hall, Kryzsko Commons

Time: 7:00 p.m.

 

This play is performed by FORTITUDE a student group from Winona Senior High School. This is an awareness performance with Hmong dance, Krumping; form of hip-hop dancing, a Seusspearian Tragedy focusing on bullying issues, racism, sexism, GLBT issues, body image, gender stereotypes, and immigration.  

 

Manhood, Hip Hop and the Media: Raising Awareness in Preventing Misogyny and Violence Against Women

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010

Format: Beyond Beats and Rhymes Documentary and Panel

Location: East Hall, Kryzsko Commons

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Co-Sponsored By: Beyond Tough Guise of Winona

 

This first hour of the presentation will begin with a documentary Beyond Beats and Rhymes by Byron Hurt. Byron Hurt is a self-described "hip-hop head" whom takes an in-depth look at masculinity and manhood in rap and hip-hop, where creative genius collides with misogyny, violence and homophobia, exposing the complex intersections of culture and commerce. The documentary also presents images, samples and interviews that he hopes will expose and take apart the structures of violence, hyper-aggression, and misogyny present in much of today's hip hop. This presentation is not to vilify hop hip or rappers but to critically examine the media in general in how women are depicted. The last hour will include a panel and audience discussion on how especially males can advocate for the prevention of misogyny and violence against women.

 

 

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Inclusion and Diversity Office at (507) 457-5597 or by email at cdstudent@winona.edu.