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Matthew Shepard Symposium on Social Justice Begins Today in Laramie

Matthew Shepard's Mother, Judy Shepard (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Do you remember the murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie?

He was a gay University of Wyoming student who was robbed, beaten and tied to a fence in 1998, a crime that drew national attention.

The Shepard Symposium on Social Justice starts today and runs through Saturday, March 31 at the University of Wyoming. Keynote speaker Tim Wise begins the Shepard Symposium at 4:30 p.m. in the Union Ballroom at the University of Wyoming. You can stream some of the activities using this link.

Wise will speak about identity and racial issues from 4:30 until 6 p.m. today, March 28.

Another highlight of the symposium will be Bridget K. Kesling‘s presentation Thursday afternoon, March 29th from 1:45-3 p.m. at UW’s Family Room entitled Barbie Girl. She’ll discuss the unrealistic expectations on what women should look like created by the Barbie doll. Her demonstration includes a life-sized Barbie.

For a full schedule of activities and more information visit shepardsymposium.org.

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