March 12, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, will give a talk on Tuesday, March 30, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Bucknell Student Lectureship Committee 

Shepard and her husband, Dennis, established the Matthew Shepard Foundation soon after the murder of their son in October 1998.

The Foundation is dedicated to working toward the causes he championed during his life: social justice, diversity awareness and education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

The founding president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board of Directors, Shepard also served as its first executive director from 1999 to 2009.

In her continuing role as board president, she travels across the nation speaking to audiences about what they can do as individuals and communities to make the world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation.

Shepard also authored the 2009 memoir, The Meaning of Matthew, which relates the family's journey through the prosecution of Matthew's assailants, the ensuing media coverage, and their continuing work to advance civil rights.

Contact: Division of Communications


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