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Students Share ‘Defamation Experience’ Through Participation

Courtroom drama serves as a compelling vehicle for conversation.
Courtroom drama serves as a compelling vehicle for conversation.
An actor engages the audience ...
An actor engages the audience …
... which explores all angles (introspection included) in reaching its verdict.
… which explores all angles (introspection included) in reaching its verdict.
Mackey (center) shares the stage with the evening's cast.
Mackey (center) shares the stage with the evening’s cast.

“The Defamation Experience,” an interactive diversity program, brought its provocative and timely message to Penn College this past week. The theatrical presentation, held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, comprises a civil-court drama that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law; deliberations with audience members as jurors; and an after-show discussion that respectfully challenges preconceptions. “In collaboration with our coordinator of diversity and cultural life and our Community Peer Educators, our office of Campus & Community Engagement strives to promote, create and sustain an inclusive campus environment,” director Katie L. Mackey said. “One of the ways we strive to work toward our mission is through educational initiatives such as this riveting program. We greatly appreciate the support of our co-sponsor, Paul Watson, the dean of academic services and college transitions, and the First Year Experience instructors who encouraged students to attend.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer