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Annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice Begins Wednesday

April 2, 2013 — Panel discussions, lectures, performances and other activities to help eliminate social inequality are scheduled during the 17th annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice April 3-6 at the University of Wyoming.

The symposium promotes dialogue on issues related to social justice, particularly within the context of public education. The symposium has expanded its focus so that participants from throughout the community, state, region and nation have presented on social justice issues within a variety of arenas. This year’s theme is “Counter Narratives: Advocacy at the Intersections.”

Concurrent sessions on subjects ranging from adult autism to multiculturalism and community mental health will be presented. Wednesday’s program features “This Land is My Land,” a panel presentation by UW faculty members and GLARE, a gay rights advocacy group from New York’s Brooklyn College, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

Zach Wahls, an Iowa teenager who stood up for the rights of same-sex couples and later wrote a book about his own two mothers, gives a keynote talk at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Writer Samuel G. Freedman will speak Thursday, April, 4, at 4:30 p.m., Yellowstone Ballroom. Freeman writes the “On Religion” column for The New York Times and, before that, the “On Education” column. He was a staff reporter for the Times from 1981 through 1987.

For a complete symposium schedule, visit the website at

For more information, contact Angela Jaime at (307) 766-3991 or email

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