Members of the Ohio University community will weigh in on the question, ‘Should cherished rights and liberties be extended to non-citizens residing in the United States, and if so, do those rights supersede the ideological imperatives of political power?"  during OU's third Challenging Dialogues lecture, “Trial by Jury: A Case of Deportation,” presented by OU alumnus Kyle Bowser. During his lecture, Bowser will show a 30-minute film he produced that depicts a trial and jury deliberation. Immediately following, there will be an hour-long town hall discussion where 12 members of the audience will be selected to serve on a sequestered jury in a nearby room. The 12 jury members will discuss the case for approximately 15 minutes before returning to Baker Theater. Bowser will ask the impromptu jury a few questions about their discussion and its outcome, before asking the larger audience to render a verdict. Bowser’s interactive lecture will give audience members a chance to deliver their verdict with either a green or red card, which they will find in their program for the evening. While the film portion of the event will not be live-streamed, the discussion afterwards will be streamed for those with an OU ID. In addition to his lecture, Bowser will present another of his films, “Trial by Jury: The Case of the N-Word,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Athena Cinema as a part of Black Alumni Reunion. This event is sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication Diversity Committee.


  • Occurred Thursday, September 12th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Baker Center Theater