Tolerance and the Struggle for Human Rights in Communities

The primary purpose of the Indiana University Southeast Common Experience Program is to develop a common dialogue among students, faculty, staff, and members of the local communities. The theme for the 2019-20 Common Experience is “Tolerance and the Struggle for Human Rights in Communities.”

There are many ways to participate in the Common Experience. One may attend some or all of our numerous programs and events scheduled over the course of the academic year:One may also read our common text and engage in book discussions in either the fall or spring semesters. Students can register in almost 40 courses that have assigned the common reading as part of the class. Faculty members, staff members, and members of the community are invited and encouraged to purchase the book, read it, and participate in one of the book discussions. The 2019-20 common text is The Laramie Project and the Laramie Project Ten Years Later by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project. The original book/play is a story/play of how the town of Laramie responded to the beating, torture, and death of a gay student, Matthew Shepherd. Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who was murdered in October 1998 in what became one of the most high-profiled cases highlighting hate-crimes against LGBQT. The book we have selected also contains another play in which Laramie is revisited 10 years later.

All are invited to hear Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shephard, speak on October 8, 2019 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the Stem Auditorium, Ogle Center, IU Southeast. The event is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

Also, the IU Southeast Theatre Department will be performing the critically acclaimed play The Laramie Project on December, 6, 7, and 8, 2019 in the Robinson Theatre, Ogle Center, IU Southeast. For ticket and other information, please contact the Theatre Department of IU Southeast.

All are welcome and encouraged to come and participate in our on-going dialogue “Tolerance and the Struggle for Human Rights in Communities”