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Presented By: School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Considering Matthew Shepard

Penny Stamps Lecture Series

by Craig Hella Johnson

Considering Matthew Shepard was performed under the direc­tion of award win­ning con­duc­tor Eugene Rogers, acclaimed stage direc­tor Matt Kunkel, and Emmy-award win­ning film pro­ducer Bob Berg. The Stamps Event Series’ premiere of the video will be fol­lowed by a con­ver­sa­tion between Rogers and the piece’s composer, Craig Hella John­son. 

Johnson wrote the piece as a tribute to Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who in 1998 was beaten by strangers, tied to a fence, and left for dead. Shepard’s death, along with the murder of James Byrd Jr. by white supermacists a few months earlier, led to Congress passing the Matthew Shep­ard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Pre­ven­tion Act in 2009.

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