"Students have commented that this was the very first time that they had an oppportunity to have an open and honest discussion about these topics in a way that brought to light the biases that they each had."
"The conversation after the play is what sets this experience apart and allows the audience to think through what they have seen performed on the stage. This interactive piece allowed students on our campus to parse through their initial response(s) and to confront their own biases and experiences."
"We have many social justices related programs and conversations on campus around these issues but THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE was such a fresh new way to engage in the dialogue we want our students to be having. Thank you!"
"THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE was one of the best ways I have found to talk about our differences in a way that invites everyone to the table and gives them the confidence they need to add their voice to the conversation."
"My campus experienced one of the greatest transformative events I’ve witness in my time of UWW. This play evoked the participant to dig deep into their own biases while trying to remain objective. The most poignant portion was the interaction and reactions from our students. They were able to navigate and articulate nuances from the play that made the entire audience pause."
"The Defamation Experience is an eye-opening program that will be sure to spark an ongoing, important conversation."
"It is unlike any professional development our division has experienced and I know we will be talking about it for a long time. Further, it provides an entryway into difficult discussions in a surprising and creative way."
"Attendees left THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE with an amplified understanding of biases and how they are attained as well as a greater understanding of the need to and importance of interrupting biases when they surface."
"THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE provides the audience with the opportunity to grapple internally with our own ideas about race, socioeconomic status, gender and other factors. The play and the guided discussion were incredible and left everyone in attendance with a new understanding of their own personal perceptions of our different categories of diversity."
"I was incredibly impressed by the entire creative process, the experience overall and blown away by the rich and deep discussion that transpired post-play."
"Outstanding program! The post-show discussion was certainly thought provoking, and we were pleased to see so much interaction by the audience. We feel this was a highly successful event and hope to bring you back to SIU!"
"Our experience was tremendous! This was not only the commencement of very important conversations, but for many weeks thereafter. Students remarked that this was one of the best diversity education experiences they’d had."