About Judy Shepard
In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Turning tragedy into a crusade for justice, and determined to prevent Matthew's fate from befalling others, she established The Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on his legacy.
Activist speaker Judy Shepard has appeared in two Human Rights Campaign advertisements urging an end to anti-gay violence and promoting a greater understanding of gay issues. She is also actively involved with Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). In this capacity, she has written an open letter to schools across the country urging officials to make schools safer for gay students by promoting tolerance and diversity.
Most recently, Judy Shepard authored the New York Times best-selling book, The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed, a moving, intimate look at how her life, and the entire fight for equal rights, changed when her son was killed. The 2015 documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine revisits Matt's murder and provides a new look into his too-short life
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This multimedia presentation will explore Marvin Gayes landmark 1971 album Whats Going On as a response to the Vietnam War and the declining conditions in U.S. cities. Gayes album pushed Motown Records to release more socially conscious music and inspired other soul artists to write about the impact of the war and its impact at home.]]>
Every year the Jewish Studies Program, in collaboration with Hillel at KSU, organizes a bus trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.
The trip takes places on the first Sunday in November, with the bus departing at 5 a.m. and returning around 11 p.m. The fee has been $20, which includes transportation, entry fee, and lunch.
Space is limited, with applications due toward the end of October. Going on the trip will fulfill a student’s Experiential Learning Requirement as a non-course credit.