Univeristy of Wyoming is again playing host to the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice.

The annual symposium has become a major national conference on eradicating social inequality.

Dr. Angela Jaime, Chairperson for the symposium, says that this year topics of discussion will include children, people with disablities and same-sex marriage among others.

Events kick off at 3:30 Wednesday in The UW Union, but if you can't make it, highlights of the symposium are available on the symposium's website.

Concurrent sessions on subjects ranging from adult autism to multiculturalism and community mental health will be presented. Wednesday’s program features “This Land is My Land,” a panel presentation by UW faculty members and GLARE, a gay rights advocacy group from New York’s Brooklyn College, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

Zach Wahls, an Iowa teenager who stood up for the rights of same-sex couples and later wrote a book about his own two mothers, gives a keynote talk at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Writer Samuel G. Freedman will speak Thursday, April, 4, at 4:30 p.m., Yellowstone Ballroom. Freeman writes the “On Religion” column for The New York Times and, before that, the “On Education” column. He was a staff reporter for the Times from 1981 through 1987.

For those wishing to attend, and who will be in the Laramie area, registration is free and is available online.