Purdue Northwest offers “The Defamation Experience,” an interactive diversity event

By: Purdue University Northwest Last Updated: October 8, 2019

HAMMOND, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest (PNW) offers a unique, interactive play celebrating diversity, “The Defamation Experience,” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21. The event will take place in Alumni Hall in the Student Union & Library, 2233 173rd Street on the Hammond Campus. The event is free and open to the public. 

“The Defamation Experience” is a two-hour interactive courtroom drama played out by the actors of Canamac Productions where race, class, religion, and gender collide. The event will feature a play, a deliberation where the audience members determine the outcome of the trial, and a post-show discussion as well as light refreshments after the performance. The premise of the play is a civil suit that puts prejudices and assumptions under a powerful lens, and encourages self-examination as the audience moves through the process with the actors.

“We hope to generate honest and meaningful dialogue that will go beyond this event and readily incorporate issues of diversity and inclusion into everyday conversations, pedagogy and business practices,” said Linda Knox, Executive Director in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at PNW, which is sponsoring the event.

For more information, contact the PNW Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at 219-989-2163. To request a disability related accommodation for the event, please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at edi@pnw.edu or by phone at 219-989-2163 or 219-785-5545.

Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. For more information about PNW, visit www.pnw.edu.