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‘Laramie Project’ reading to highlight Eliminate Hate Week

Minnesota State Mankato students will stage a reading of “The Laramie Project” Tuesday, April 12, as part of Eliminate Hate Week.

2011-04-13
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-7-11]

Minnesota State Mankato students will stage a reading of “The Laramie Project” Tuesday, April 12, as part of Eliminate Hate Week.

The event, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will start at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union.

It recounts the story of Matthew Shepard, who was kidnapped, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo., beaten and left to die. He died 6 days later.

Shepard’s death became a watershed hate crime. Five weeks afterward, a Tectonic Theater Project troupe went to Laramie, interviewed more than 200 interview people, and wrote the play which was later became a film for HBO.

Cast members include students Dylan Dethlefsen, Meghan Babcock and Maggie Freeman.

The reading is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato LGBT Center.

Other Eliminate Hate Week events at Minnesota State Mankato include a screening of “Bullied: A Teaching Tolerance Documentary” Wednesday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in the lower level of Centennial Student Union.

Those who want more information about the reading may contact Jessica Flatequal at jessica.flatequal@mnsu.edu or (507) 389-5792. More information about Eliminate Hate Week is at http://www.mnsu.edu/lgbtc/calendarofevents.html.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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