The interactive 'Defamation Experience' will explore issues of race and diversity.
Cal U will conclude its annual celebration of Black History Month with an interactive online event for students at 6 p.m. Feb. 23.
“DefEx Online — The Defamation Experience” inspires participants to examine preconceived notions about race and diversity. The event is open to Cal U students only.
Participants will watch a courtroom drama by award-winning playwright Todd Logan that explores race, religion, class, gender and the law. Viewers become the jury, virtually delivering a verdict in the case. Expert facilitators will lead a discussion following the deliberation and verdict, inviting the audience to engage in a civil discourse to examine bias and preconceived notions.
“I went through the hour-and-a-half movie experience at a conference I attended, and the conversation was so rich in terms of perceptions and attitudes,” said Sheleta Camarda-Webb, Cal U’s interim Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.
“All the nuances involved in how people see others who don’t look like them and how they make certain assumptions made for a very moving conversation. I think it will be a good opportunity for self-examination for our students.”
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Registration is required for “DefEx Online” at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsce-gpjItHdWw3DxBRuHzxUejNnsU5Z0u
After registering, a confirmation email will be sent with information about how to join the meeting.