(thesis advisor)Colleen Macklin
(thesis advisor)Chris Prentice
(thesis advisor)Ethan Silverman
(thesis advisor)Tevin Byrd
May 10 2016
The three projects housed in this thesis aim to explore the affects of privilege and racism on various audiences and the consequent experiences they share. By exploring the topics through private and public scopes, the projects are able to purposefully examine the same issues for separate demographics. The book and journal set “Stories About Us” is a private experience for African-Americans to engage with stories that they can relate to, helping them reflect on their own experiences at the end. The privacy of this project is important because it is a safe environment constructed for these stories, shielding the content or user from outside critique and deconstruction. The workshop/activity “Privilege” is a focused public experience uniting people in different groups to form a society and create rules of privilege, forcing them to learn about the advantages and disadvantages that they (and other people) carry with them in the world. The card game “Flim Flam” is a broad public experience using fun and lighthearted game play to indirectly reveal others experiences’ and give players new perspectives on how people think and live. These projects come together to ferment reflection, understanding, and conversation about privilege and racism for different audiences.
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