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“Matthew Shepard: The Murder and the Myth”

February 11, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening with journalist Stephen Jimenez to discuss his controversial new book, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard.

In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old gay college student, was found tied to a log fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming. He had been pistol whipped so severely that he died of his injuries a few days later.

What role did previously underreported factors play in the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard? If the true story of Shepard’s murder *is* indeed different from what has been portrayed, as The Book of Matt claims, should these new revelations change the way we think about the tragedy, and if so, how?

According to Kirkus reviews, “The tragedy was ‘enshrined … as passion play and folktale, but hardly ever for the truth of what it was’: the story of a troubled young man who had died because he had been involved with Laramie’s drug underworld rather than because he was gay.”

Listen to Rachel Martin’s interview with Steve Jimenez on NPR’s Weekend EditionĀ here.


*Childcare provided for this event.*


February 11, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Olin 102