Spirit & Place Statement on the Tunnel of Oppression

November 21, 2017

Dear Friends:

During the 2017 Spirit & Place Festival, a student-led event called “Tunnel of Oppression” at IUPUI contained information about the Middle East conflict that was factually inaccurate and lacked an appropriate framework to explore the complexities of this challenging issue.

We deeply regret that the event did not reflect the values of Spirit & Place to build bridges of understanding and promote civic conversation in an inclusive fashion, and for that we apologize. At this time Spirit & Place is thoroughly investigating this incident and coordinating with campus and community partners to consider procedural and programmatic measures to ensure that future events reflect our values of inclusion, fairness, and thoughtfulness. (Click here for more about our values.)

If you have further concerns, please contact Festival Director Pam Blevins Hinkle at 317-278-2644 or pbhinkle@iupui.edu. Thank you for your continued support of Spirit & Place.


Ken Honeywell
Steering Committee Chair

David J. Bodenhamer
Executive Director, The Polis Center

Pam Blevins Hinkle
Spirit & Place Director

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