UW Plans Remembrance Events for 20th Anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s Death
Laramie, WY. – The University of Wyoming has announced numerous events this fall, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death. Shepard, was an openly gay UW student, who was savagely beaten to death in 1998 at the age of 21. His death led to enactment of hate crime legislation across the nation.
The performances and events scheduled to commemorate the 20th remembrance, include Austin, Texas-based, Grammy-winning Conspirare, which will perform “Considering Matthew Shepard” on Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Laramie High School theater.
A “talk-back” with panelists will also take place following the performance.
UW President Laurie Nichols said Monday that the commemoration reflects how Shepard’s death in 1998 shaped the community, and that the university as an institution that upholds the values of inclusion and diversity.
Other Memorial events will take place in late September and throughout October. For a complete list of events, visit www.uwyo.edu/shepardsymposium/matthew-shepard-memorial-group/.