University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Annual ‘Tunnel of Oppression’ events April 8-11 include talk by TLC Reality TV star

Educational tour encourages participants to think critically about difficult issues such as equality, morality, and humanity

Matt Roloff

Matt Roloff

The Tunnel of Oppression Committee will host the 2013 "Tunnel of Oppression" this week at Johnstone/Fulton Residence Hall. As part of the observance, Matt Roloff, star of the TLC Reality TV Show Little People, Big World , will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Another motivational speaker, Jamie Tworkowski, slated to present on Tuesday, April 9, was forced cancel, due to a personal emergency.

The annual educational and interactive display will run through Thursday, April 11.

The Tunnel of Oppression is an educational tour that aims to not only broaden the discourse on oppression but also complicate it by challenging normative or stereotypical interpretations on the issue. In this manner, the experience is designed for participants to increase their ability to think critically and in depth about difficult issues such as equality, morality, and humanity. The event is free and open to all UND students and the greater community.

The Tunnel of Oppression is done with support from the UND Association of Residence Halls Programming Board, UND Dean of Students Office, University of Minnesota – Crookston Office of Diversity & Multicultural Programs, UND Housing, UND Conflict Resolution Center, UND Multicultural Student Services and the University Program Council.

Tour times follow:

  • Tuesday, April 9: 5 – 6 p.m., and 7 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 10: 5 – 6 p.m., and 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., and 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Events:

April 10, 7 p.m., in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom:

  • Matt Roloff, star of the TLC Reality TV Show Little People, Big World.

Contacts:

Heather Mohr, Tunnel of Oppression chair, heather.mohr@live.com
Casey Weaver, Tunnel of Oppression advisor, casey.weaver@UND.edu
Eric Souvannasacd, Tunnel of Oppression volunteer coordinator, eric.souvannasacd@my.und.edu

-- David L. Dodds, media relations/writer and editor, University and Public Affairs, 777.5529, david.dodds@UND.edu.


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