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Tunnel of Oppression poster contest now underway

Posted Sep. 13, 2010

Generated and supported by the Kent State University at Trumbull Diversity Council, the 2011 edition of The Tunnel of Oppression will be displayed in the Theatre/Library Building from late January through early April 2011.

The purpose of such a project, according to Council members, is to evoke thought by removing spectators from their "comfort zones" and thereby "causing them to change their preconceived ideas about hate". 

The 2011 tunnel will be the third such display to appear on the Trumbull Campus and will address the theme, "Five Faces of Oppression" which include exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism and violence. The basis for this year's theme comes from the Iris Marion Young work, "Five Faces of Oppression" (for a summary, see:

In conjunction with the 2011 theme, the Diversity Council is sponsoring a poster contest. Posters must address the theme and must illustrate and/or comment upon at least one "face" in some clear and coherent way.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:
   First Place: $100.00-*
   Second Place: $75.00-*
   Third Place: $50.00-*
   Honorable mention (3): $25.00 each-*

Contestants must be enrolled students at Kent State University at Trumbull at the time of the submission deadline. Posters must be no smaller than 8.5" x 11" and no larger than 22" x 28". No digital submissions will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2010.

Criteria for judging will consist of over-all power of message, clarity, coherence, emotional tension, logical stance, honesty, originality, and creativity.

Posters should be submitted to Carol L. Robinson via the Information Desk, located inside the Classroom/Administration Building and should include the submitter's name, street address, phone number and e-mail address.

All posters submitted will hang in the tunnel from January-April, 2011. No poster will be returned.

*-In order to receive a prize, winners will be required to provide a Social Security number.  Additionally, if a winner is a student employee, that individual must be paid via KSU Payroll, and the appropriate taxes will be withheld, resulting in an award amount smaller than indicated as a result of taxes being deducted.