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The Legacy of Matthew Shepard

Dec. 03, 2001

Augsburg College Presents
Women in Action Speaker Series
The Legacy of Matthew Shepard-Judy Shepard
Friday, December 7, 2001, 9:45 a.m.
South High School Auditorium
Thursday, December 6, 2001, 8 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

In October 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21-year-old son, Matthew, to a murder inspired by anti-gay hate. Determined to prevent their son's fate from happening to others, they established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on Matthew's legacy by embracing the just causes he had championed. Determined to use her grief over her son's death to make a difference, Judy has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts. She now speaks to audiences nationwide about what they can do to make their schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

These events are sponsored in part by the following organizations:
Augsburg Student Activities Council (ASAC), Office of the President, Alumni/Parent Relations, Public Relations and Communication, Student Activities and Orientation, Residence Life, McNair Scholars Program, Admissions, Department of English, Women's Studies, Queer and Straight in Unity, Pan-Afrikan Student Service