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MDC North Campus to Host Bestselling Author and Human Rights Activist Judy Shepard on Jan. 24

Judy Shepard

Miami, January 14, 2013 - The Human Rights Committee at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus and the Genesis Fund, in collaboration with International Solidarity for the Human Rights (ISHR), will present national bestselling author and human rights advocate Judy Shepard at 11:15 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the campus’ Lehman Theatre. The lecture, titled The Legacy of Matthew Shepard: United in Solidarity, is free and open to the public.

On October 8, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, was brutally beaten and left to die over the course of four days. The Shepard family realized Matthew’s death was not random, but an intentional crime based on Matthew’s sexual orientation.

For more than a decade, Shepard has devoted her life to educating individuals about the dehumanization of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) community, the incorporation of hate crimes legislation and has shared her son’s story in hopes of promoting equality and acceptance of all individuals. Her humanitarian work continues to inspire millions to join her in this journey spreading the message of love and equality all over the world. 

“The North Campus is proud to present such a formidable engagement opportunity. Discourse around human rights issues continues to be widely promoted and encouraged across the curriculum at our institution as it greatly enriches our students’ development and learning,” said North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente.   

The Human Rights Committee at MDC North Campus promotes co-curricular programming in a diversity of areas related to social justice and human rights, in an effort to increase awareness on the importance of equality and inclusion of all persons.

“Violence is violence,” said Shed Boren, a social worker and hospital administrator sponsoring the program. Furthermore, he emphasized, “Education is about engaging students in a meaningful dialogue to provoke thought and spark a greater understanding.”

MDC North Campus Presents a Lecture by Author and Activist Judy Shepard

  • WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 24, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • WHERE: MDC North Campus – Lehman Theatre, Room 5120 11380 N.W. 27 Ave.

For more information, please contact Prof. Jaime Anzalotta, at 305-237-8111.

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