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FSU to Present "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" Program
09/21/2001

To kick off the second annual "Stop the Hate Week" at Frostburg State University, the FSU Diversity Center will present the nationally acclaimed program, "Journey to a Hate-Free Millennium" on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Lane University Center's Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.

This program, which is free and open to the public, is the only project in which the family of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard has agreed to participate since the beating death of their son in 1998.

"There is a tremendous need to address these issues with our young people in order to create a world where every person is accepted and valued, and therefore insure that what happened to Matthew and our family will never happen again, " says Judy Shepard, Matthew's mother.

The film, "Journey to a Hate-Free Millennium," is the work of two Los Angeles filmmakers, Brent Scarpo and Martin Bedogne. This documentary focuses on many of the recent hate crimes that have captured national attention and features interviews with family and friends of many of the victims, as well as politicians. Its intent is to challenge viewers to question the purpose of hate in our country, to discover its causes, to explore what happens to those who choose to hate and to consider what might be possible if hate could be eliminated from our society.

Scarpo will present the film as part of the program at FSU. Audience interaction and questions are encouraged, especially in light of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States and their aftermath.

For more information about this program and other "Stop the Hate Week" events, contact the FSU Diversity Center at (301) 687-4050.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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