Monday, November 2, 2009
A UM Impression of Oppression
In 1995, Western Illinois University decided to run an exhibit conceived by a California museum which focused on oppression. The exhibit developed under the concept of a tunnel. The exhibit uses the tunnel because of it's encompassing, narrow, and dark qualities which mirror the internal struggles of one who experiences oppression. The University of Montana brought the tunnel to campus for the first time this Fall to spark conversation for the "Day of Dialogue". Five different student groups set up stations in the tunnel and event coordinators ended up taking more than 400 students through the tunnel over the course of the three day exhibit. UM News photographer Jaime Berg and reporter Drew Trafton take us to the experience through the voices of those directly involved with the Tunnel of Oppression.