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Stop the Hate Week Activities Scheduled at FSU

The Frostburg State University Diversity Center has coordinated a series of programs for Stop the Hate Week, which runs from Oct. 16 to 20. Each day of Stop the Hate week will focus on ending a particular type of oppression.

Monday's theme is Ending Racism. At 7 p.m., there will be a discussion and viewing of the video "The Color of Fear" in the Lane Center Game Room. "The Color of Fear" is about the anguish that racism caused in the lives of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent. Out of their confrontations and struggles to understand and trust each other emerges an emotional and insightful portrayal into the type of dialogue most of us fear but hope will happen sometime in our lifetime.

Tuesday's theme is Ending Anti-Semitism. At 7 p.m., the movie "School Ties" will be shown and discussed in the Lane Center Game Room. In "School Ties," when a Jewish teenager is recruited by an elite New England prep school to aid its struggling football team, he is accepted until his religious beliefs are revealed. After much ridicule and scorn, his desire for acceptance is replaced by his need to defend his identity and heritage as a young Jewish man.

Wednesday's theme is Ending Homophobia. Students will be wearing blue jeans as a show of support for the GLBT community. The film "Boys Don't Cry" will be shown and discussed at 7 p.m. in the Lane Center Game Room. Listed as one of the 10 Best Films of 1999, this true story about hope, fear and the courage it takes to be yourself, this Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated film features incredible performances by Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny.

Thursday will feature the Stop the Hate Vigil, at 7 p.m. at the Black Student Alliance fountain. The third annual vigil will feature Maryland Delegate Sheila Ellis Hixson as the keynote speaker, along with participants from the campus community. Focusing on ending hate crimes involving race, religion and sexual orientation, this event is sponsored by more than 20 campus organizations. FSU Provost Christine Grontkowski and Larry Neumark of United Campus Ministry will welcome participants. A variety of guest readings will follow, along with musical performances by Greg Latta, Norma Blacke Bourdeau and Amy Harman of the FSU faculty.

The vigil will be followed by an "Un-Prom" with same-sex dates and casual dress in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall (Lane Center 140-141).

Friday's theme is Ending Sexism. There will be displays in the Lane Center about domestic violence and information for preventing date rape.

Informational e-mails will be sent each day, and pamphlets and displays will be available in the Lane Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Ort Library and Main St. Books will also feature relevant titles on display.

Members of the campus community will be wearing "Hate Hurts" buttons all week to show their support.

All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Diversity Center at (301) 687-4050.

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

For further information on this release, contact:

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