Sept. 28: Seventh Matthew Shepard Lecture

Where: Olin 130

When: Monday, September 28, 7:30 PM


WALLA WALLA, Wash.— The seventh Matthew Shepard Lecture at Whitman, “Beyond Legal Equality,” will be presented Monday, Sept. 28, on the college campus.

The presentation by Dean Spade, attorney and assistant professor of law at Seattle University, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 130.

Prior to joining the faculty of Seattle University, Spade was a Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA Law School and Harvard Law School, teaching classes related to sexual orientation and gender identity law, and law and social movements. He is founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color.

In 1998 Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyo., in one of the most infamous anti-gay hate crimes in recent memory. The lecture series at Whitman, made possible by an anonymous donor, has been founded in Shepard ’s memory to try to draw something positive and lasting from his murder and to confer a special meaning to his shortened life. During his life Matthew Shepard championed gay and lesbian equality and the prevention of hate crimes. The lecture series at Whitman brings noted speakers and public figures to campus to address these issues.


CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156