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2013-2014 New Student Reader

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About the Book

The brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 in Laramie, WY, brought violence based on sexual orientation to public view. His mother Judy, determined that Matthew's life should have meaning, has become an activist for the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate crime legislation (the federal act, named for Matthew, was enacted in October 2009) and for gay rights in general. In The Meaning of Matthew, Shepard shares grief she and her family experienced while standing by her son’s side in the hospital, where only life support machines kept him alive, and the crippling loss they experienced when he died.

The New York Times bestseller also delves into the Shepards’ emotions when they learned of candlelight vigils and memorial services held for their son across the nation, the incredible response they received from strangers and the legal struggles they faced as the murderers went to trial. In addition, Shepard explains why she became a gay rights activist and the challenges and rewards of raising a gay child in the United States today.  

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About the Author

JUDY SHEPARD is cofounder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which is dedicated to social justice, diversity awareness and education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Shepard speaks across the country on behalf of the foundation. 

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2013-2014 Book Nominations

The Meaning of Matthew The Meaning of Matthew
By Judy Shepard
Nominated By:
T. Ross Leasure
Faculty, English Department
The Other Wes Moore The Other Wes Moore
By Wes Moore
Nominated By:
Lawanda Dockins-Mills
Associate Dean of Students
Extraordinary People Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family
By: Condoleeza Rice
Lawanda Dockins-Mills
Associate Dean of Students
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot
Nominated By:
Diane Davis
Faculty, Medical Laboratory Science Program Director,
Health Services

Enriques Journey Enrique's Journey
By Sonia Nazario
Nominated By:
Helena Hill
Commuter Connections Graduate Assistant
Same Kind of Different as Me Same Kind of Different
By Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Nominated By:
Melissa Boog
Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs.
Nickle and Dimed Nickle and Dimed
By Barbara Ehrenreich
Nominated By:
Christine Wesserling
Student and Resident Assistant
Room Room
By Emma Donoghue
Nominated By:
Eileen Gilheany
Social Work Department
Two Kinds of Decay The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir
By Sarah Manguso
Nominated By:
David Johnson
Film Studies, English Department
What the Odds What Though the Odds
By Haley Scott DeMaria
Nominated By:
Jill Stephenson
Assistant Athletic Director
Head Coach of the Swimming Team
Run to the Roar Run to the Roar
By Paul Assaiante
Nominated By:
Margie Knight
Women's Softball/Volleyball Coach
1812 1812: Rights of Passage
By Bert Hubinger
Nominated By:
Kristen Knight-Griffin

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