This week, I’ve written about a major state court hearing a case to give apes human rights and infantile, elementary school-esque guidelines for discussion in college classrooms. I thought this week’s news cycle couldn’t get any crazier. I was wrong.
Southern Illinois University has decided to hold “nap-ins” as some sort of performance art to promote, you guessed it, diversity and social justice.
According to the SIU student newspaper The Daily Egyptian, the nap-in is a part of a three week “Dreaming Diversity Art Installation” to celebrate Women’s History Month.
According to event organizer Marissa Amposta, the nap-in’s goal is to “internally generate student dreams of diversity.”
“The nap-ins are part of the internal journey to diversity,” Amposta said. “All dreams start while sleeping.”
Students will also be allowed to write their dreams on pieces of fabric hung around the library in which the event is being held.
“A labyrinth will also be set up in the rotunda surrounding the scroll to ‘help guide students to their dreams. The maze is sort of a metaphor for the general path to diversity. It takes a while to reach, and it’s complicated.”
The students’ dreams will be discussed in a women’s panel held by the school’s art and gender studies department on March 31st.
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Figures that the gender studies department would take interest in this. It seems right up their alley.