Matthew Shepard Lecture Series
Thanks to an anonymous donor, Whitman College launched The Matthew Shepard Lecture Series in 2005. This series brings noted speakers and public figures to our community to address hate crimes and issues of equal rights for all persons regardless of sexual orientation.
8th - November 1, 2010 - Nathaniel Frank, author of Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America. "Don't Ask Don't Tell: How We Got It, How We Can Get Rid of It" an interview by Janet Mallen, 7:30 p.m. Maxey Auditorium.
7th - September 28, 2009 - Dean Spade, JD Assistant Professor of Law, Seattle University "Beyond Legal Equality" 7:30 p.m. Olin 130.
6th - April 1, 2009 - Kate O'Hanlan, MD "The Intersection of Medical Science, Health and Civil Rights" 7:30 p.m. Maxey Auditorium.
5th - February 12, 2008 - Keith Boykin "Sexuality, Human Rights, and the Media: A Conversation with Keith Boykin" facilitated by Robert Tobin, Cushing Eells Professor of Humanities, Chair of Division II and Alberto Galindo, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures - Spanish. 7:30 p.m. Maxey Auditorium.
4th - January 15, 2007 - Louvon Harris "Responding to Hatred: The Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing" with performances by the Whitman Jazz Septet and the Joint Community Choirs.
3rd - May 1, 2006 - State Senator Bill Finkbeiner '91 "In Search of a Philosophical Majority" with music by the Testostertones.
2nd - October 27, 2005 - State Representative Ed Murray "Banning Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation in the State of Washington (House Bill 1515)" with performance by Whitman Theatre students.
1st - March 1, 2005 - Judy Shepard, Inaugural Speaker "The Legacy of Matthew Shepard" with music by the Whitman College Chamber Singers and the Walla Walla High School Chamber Choir and a "Solo for Matthew Shepard" dance by Peter deGrasse.
In one of the most horrific hate crimes in recent memory, Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998 because he was gay. This lecture series was founded to honor the memory of Matthew Shepard, to draw something positive and lasting from a dreadful event, and to confer a special meaning on Matthew's life, a meaning in line with his own aspirations.