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"The Defamation Experience" on October 9 explores diversity and the law

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — WVU Law is hosting “The Defamation Experience,” an interactive live performance dealing with diversity issues and the law, on Monday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Due to limited seating, a free e-ticket must be downloaded at

An old fashion courtroom drama, “The Defamation Experience” addresses issue of race, class, religion, gender and the law. It focuses on a legal case in which an African-American woman sues a Jewish real estate developer who has accused her of theft.

Through polls, deliberations and post-show discussions, the play’s audience serves as the jury, determines the outcome of the case, and engages in a civil discourse that challenges preconceived notions and promotes self-examination. Written by Todd Logan, “Defamation” premiered in 2010.

“At WVU Law, we are educating change-makers who will fight for social justice. This play is an excellent way to shed light on diversity issues and cultural biases in a safe and relevant manner,” said Tina Jernigan , the College of Law’s assistant dean for student life.

“The Defamation Experience” is presented in conjunction with the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as part of Diversity Week , October 7-14. Annually, WVU Diversity Week programs provide opportunities to recognzie and share the rich differences and similarities in the WVU community.



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