Iowa City’s Homeless – A Judged Book Cover

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Oral History

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Fall 10-1-2013


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Chelsea Burk


Hearing from students and talking about the actions against the homeless that city has initiated; The Iowa City homeless today are looked upon negatively, mistreated constantly and seen as the lowest of the low, whereas an interview with a homeless man shows his side and that they should be treated with the same respect as any other resident.

Our project features opinions from all sides of the spectrum. We have interviews form three different anti-homeless citizens, and the opinion of the homeless community from Robert Palmer, a homeless resident himself. As a group, we wanted to challenge the audience to see past the negativity; we wanted them to see past the pre-made judgments that tend to come when hearing the “homeless” or seeing someone who is homeless. We wanted to convey the negativity the residents have towards the homeless community’s presence first; then switch it up by shooting down that negativity and providing an insight using Robert’s interview as to why the homeless community being in the College Street area isn’t bad. We want to get people to stop saying things like, “don’t judge a book by its cover” or “treat others how you want to be treated” and actually put them into action, starting with their fellow Iowa City residents downtown.


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