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Trip to Joseph Smith reenactment trial

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Northern Illinois University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming, College of Law, University Libraries, and Department of Communication will sponsor a trip on Oct. 14 to attend the “Joseph Smith Reenactment Trial and Panel Discussion” in Chicago at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

The reenactment trial will be a two-hour presentation of the three habeas corpus hearings involving Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, and will be followed by a panel discussion of the use of habeas corpus – from Joseph Smith to Abraham Lincoln to Guantanamo Bay. 

Marc Falkoff, associate professor of law at NIU and an expert on habeas corpus, will accompany program participants and offer a Q&A on the ride to and from Chicago. Falkoff has been a principal lawyer in the habeas representation of 17 prisoners being held by the U.S. military in Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of involvement with terrorism since 2004.

Tickets cost $50 per person and student tickets cost $40 per person. The fee includes admission to the presentation and coach transportation. Participants will depart from the Normal Road (west) entrance of the Holmes Student Center at 3:30 p.m. and return at approximately 10 p.m. 

Registration is available online at or by phone at 815-753-0277. 

For more information, contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming by phone at 815-753-5200 or email at

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