September 20, 2018

You are the jury in “The Defamation Experience”

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — You can be a member of the jury as an intense, interactive courtroom drama plays out at Southern Illinois University Carbondale next week.

The Defamation Experience,” a Todd Logan play, is set for 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building Auditorium.

Trial’ explores how race, religion, class and gender intersect and clash

The audience will hear the evidence just as if they are serving on the jury during a real courtroom battle. After the riveting trial, jurors are polled to determine if they are leaning toward finding for the plaintiff, the defendant, or if they are undecided.

The judge will then lead deliberations as jurors explain their reasons for their votes. Final votes will then be cast and tallied and the results announced.

Afterward, people are invited to stay for a post-show discussion focusing on race, class, gender, religion and the law.

Thousands have experienced Defamation

Since “The Defamation Experience” premiered in 2010, thousands of people across the United States have participated in the unique, emotional opportunity to engage in civil discourse and examine themselves, their preconceived concepts and responses, and the themes touched on by the play.

No tickets required

The campus-wide diversity event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Chancellor for Diversity. For additional information, call 618/453-1186 or email