Clarke Panel and Drama Production Discuss Finding Tolerance

posted on February 4, 2005

Clarke College will present two upcoming events designed to encourage discussion of diversity issues in today’s society.

The Clarke College Human Rights Action Group (HRAG) will host a panel discussion, “For All of Our Differences We Share One World: Finding Tolerance Through Peace And Understanding,” on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Alumnae Lecture Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Topics for the panel discussion include: hate crimes in Dubuque schools; overall discrimination; student climate/safety; crimes against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students; GLBT youth in Iowa schools; and parenting and supporting a gay family member.

Speakers for the panel include, Clarke Director of Student Services Cammie Dean, City of Dubuque Human Rights Director Kelly Larson, Dubuque Community School District Equity Director Dr. Kris Hall, Loras College Assistant Professor of Social Work Michelle Bechen, Project coordinator for the GLBT youth in Iowa Schools Taskforce Brad Clark, and Parent and member of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Wendy Woodhouse.

Later in the week, the Clarke College Drama Department will present “The Laramie Project” from Thursday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. in Terence Donaghoe Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for non-Clarke students.

“The Laramie Project” is a chilling documentary, exploring the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion we are also capable of, centers around the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, whose death became a national headline and represents the unspeakable damage that is the result of hatred and homophobia.

The cast consists of Abby Schultz , of Dubuque, Iowa; Mike Link, of Balltown; Iowa, Sarah Hayes, of Holy Cross, Iowa; Brandon Running, of Eagan, Minn.; Brigid Kelley, of Davenport, Iowa; Matt Franta, of Elkader, Iowa; April Schuller, of Wauzeka, Wis.; Tom Resnick, of Dubuque, Iowa; Lauren Kapolnek, of Bettendorf, Iowa; Matt Zanger, of Dubuque, Iowa; Kat Hermes, of Evanston, Ill.; and Kevin Krein, of Freeport, Ill. Melissa Dahle, of Watertown, SD, will serve as assistant director for the production and Assistant Professor of Drama/Speech Joseph Klinebriel will direct the show.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.


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