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2014 Tunnel of Oppression now accepting submissions

Posted Feb. 4, 2014

Generated and supported by the Kent State University at Trumbull Diversity Council, the 2014 edition of the Tunnel of Oppression will be displayed in the Theatre/Library Building from March 6-April 24, 2014.

The theme of the 2014 display, the sixth such to appear at Kent State Trumbull, is hate crimes. The term hate crimes developed in the 1980s by policy advocates and journalists efforts to classify very specified and targeted crimes. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law in 2009 making gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation protected categories under federal hate crime statutes. Hate crimes are “crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender or gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.” The American Psychological Association classifies hate crimes as, “prejudices’ most extreme expression.” According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics from 2007 to 2011, an estimated annual average of 259,700 hate crime victimizations occurred against persons’ age 12 or older in the U.S. The FBI maintains a Hate Crimes Statistics database.

In conjunction with the 2014 theme, the Diversity Council is sponsoring a poster/art project contest. 2013 Tunnel of Oppression winners.Posters or other mediums must address the theme and be submitted no later than March 6, 2014.

Submitted posters or projects must address one of the following themes on hate crimes:

Themes - Recognition, Responses and Prevention

  • Definitions, symbols and signs
  • Type or forms (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, disability, or association)
  • Social policy and law in developing responses to address hate crime victimization
  • Hate crimes around the world
  • The role of social media to raise awareness, effect change or promote hate
  • Organized responses by colleges and universities to address and reduce hate crimes on campus
  • Measuring the extent of hate crimes in America
  • The challenge of proving biased-motived crimes
  • Learning to hate and unlearning hate
  • The role of bystanders in preventing hate crimes

Criteria for evaluation:

  • Overall power of the message
  • Clarity & Emotional tension
  • Integrity, Originality & Creativity

Acceptable mediums or submission types:

  • Mobiles
  • Papers
  • Posters: 11" x 17" (smallest) to standard poster size 24" x 36"
  • Collages, drawings & paintings

Judging will be conducted by members of the Diversity Council and/or affiliated members.

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 6, 2014.

Posters should be submitted to Mary Wilson, Ph.D. 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.