Squeaky Weal Lecture Series

Squeaky Weal Lecture Series

As a Catholic university attentive to the interplay between faith and civic life, Saint Xavier supports the Center for Religion and Public Discourse, sponsor of the Squeaky Weal Lecture Series. Launched in 2001, this lecture series promotes thoughtful consideration and civil discourse on the religious, moral and/or ethical implications of public issues, with a consistent focus on the common good.

All lectures are free and open to the public. All take place at 6:30 p.m. on the University's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd Street.

October 30, 2014: Defamation, the Play


In its fifth season, momentum builds for Chicago playwright Todd Logan’s original courtroom drama. This season, Defamation has a twist: the audience is the jury.

The audience as the jury in Saint Xavier’s presentation of play Defamation, stimulates critical dialogue on issues of race, religion and class within national climate of growing intolerance. 

In this case of a striving African-American professional woman suing a wealthy Jewish businessman for defamation, the real issues on trial are race, religion and class, all of which the audience/jury must openly untangle in order to reach a verdict. The resulting conversation comes at a critical time as numerous indicators show American society is becoming less integrated and accepting of differences.

The show will be held at McGuire Hall at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free and will be available by contacting the Ministry Center at 773-298-3900.

Past Speakers

Selected Squeaky Weal lectures (2002-present) are available in DVD format from the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library at Saint Xavier University. Titles may be viewed at the Library's website. DVDs may be borrowed for a week or viewed at the library.

To read more about past speakers, please visit our Past Speakers web page.

For More Information

For more information on the Squeaky Weal Lecture Series, please contact the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at 773-298-3809 or stapleton@sxu.edu.