Somewhere Over the Rainbow...There's the Real Bloomington

Raven Stubbs, Illinois Wesleyan University
Dani Snyder, Faculty Advisor, Illinois Wesleyan University

Description

Bloomington has a very nostalgic, dream like feeling to it according to the common IWU student's impression, myself included. It wasn't until I became heavily involved in volunteer work thorough the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) that I realized that Bloomington is not the affluent IWU bubble and Veterans Parkway shopping utopia that we usually have in our minds. Bloomington is a community that isn't drench in affluence, as we perceive it to be, because right east of Market St. is a majorative population of low-income, underrepresented minorities. I set out to discover what the community of Bloomington truly is at its core, what problems lie within this community where students spend four essential years of their lives, and why those problems exist.

I used a sociological qualitative and an ethnodrama research method in interviewing several members of the Bloomington community: students, faculty, not-for-profit organization leaders, and long-time residents. The result became a docudrama play in which I attempt to paint a realistic picture of the community we live in.

 
Apr 20th, 10:00 AM Apr 20th, 11:00 AM

Somewhere Over the Rainbow...There's the Real Bloomington

Room C101, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington has a very nostalgic, dream like feeling to it according to the common IWU student's impression, myself included. It wasn't until I became heavily involved in volunteer work thorough the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) that I realized that Bloomington is not the affluent IWU bubble and Veterans Parkway shopping utopia that we usually have in our minds. Bloomington is a community that isn't drench in affluence, as we perceive it to be, because right east of Market St. is a majorative population of low-income, underrepresented minorities. I set out to discover what the community of Bloomington truly is at its core, what problems lie within this community where students spend four essential years of their lives, and why those problems exist.

I used a sociological qualitative and an ethnodrama research method in interviewing several members of the Bloomington community: students, faculty, not-for-profit organization leaders, and long-time residents. The result became a docudrama play in which I attempt to paint a realistic picture of the community we live in.