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Tunnel of Oppression Poster and Art Project Contest Now Underway

Posted Jan. 9, 2012
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The 2011 Tunnel of Oppression at Kent State Trumbull
addressed the "Five Faces of Oppression," which include
exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural
imperialism and violence. This year, the theme is "Human
Trafficking: From Darkness to Light," and will be on display
from March 2 - April 27.

Generated and supported by the Kent State University at Trumbull Diversity Council, the 2012 edition of The Tunnel of Oppression will be displayed in the Theatre/Library Building from March 2 - April 27.

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 2012 tunnel will be the fourth such display to appear at Kent State Trumbull and will address the theme, "Human Trafficking: From Darkness to Light." According to information provided by the Diversity Council, roughly 600,000 to 800,000 men, women and children are forced, coerced or fraudulently lured into sex work, prostitution, labor and domestic servitude each year.

In conjunction with the 2012 theme, the Diversity Council is sponsoring a poster/art project contest. Posters or other mediums must address the theme and be submitted no later than March 2.

Themes of “Dark” and “Light” can include the following areas:

  • Types of countries: Source, transit, destination (Dark)
  • Types of human trafficking: Sex trades, labor or domestic servitude (Dark)
  • Victims (Light) & Offenders (Dark)
  • Countries complicit in trafficking (Dark) or are taking steps to prevent it (Light)
  • Resources, services, policy and legislation to address the issue (Light): International, national, state and local, including Ohio (Dark and Light)
  • Non-governmental and faith-based organizational efforts (Light)

 Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First Place: Kent State University book bag
  • Second Place: Kent State University sweatshirt
  • Third Place: Kent State University T-shirt
  • Honorable mention (3): Kent State University ball cap

Contestants must be enrolled students at Kent State University at Trumbull at the time of the submission deadline. Posters must be no smaller than 11" x 17” and no larger than 22" x 28". No digital submissions will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is March 2.

Criteria for judging will consist of overall power of message, clarity and emotional tension, integrity, originality and creativity.

Posters should be submitted to Dr. Mary Wilson via the Information Desk, located inside the Classroom/Administration Building and should include the submitter's name, street address, phone number and email address.