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  • Gay rights activist to speak at CCC

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  • A Minneapolis man who fought in federal court to protect gay students from bullying will speak at Corning Community College on Monday.
    The college will host Jamie Nobozny and screen a documentary about him, "Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History," from 11:50 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Triangle Lounge, located in The Commons.
    The event is free and open to the public.
    Nobozny grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin, and was often harassed and bullied in middle school and high school for being gay. He was once beaten so badly that he required abdominal surgery.
    Nobozny and his family filed a lawsuit that led to a landmark federal court decision holding that school officials could be held accountable for not stopping the harassment and abuse of gay students, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which produced "Bullied." The film is narrated by actress Jane Lynch.
    Nobozny – now in his 30s – now travels the country, sharing his story in educational programs, according to CCC. He was recently named a Defender of Human Rights by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, according to CCC.
    Nobozny will answer questions after the screening.
    For more details, call 962-9476.
    • Also Monday at CCC will be a presentation called "Woven Wonders: The World of Medieval Tapestries" from 12:55-1:50 p.m. in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Library. It's free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
    The presenter, Dr. Kate Dimitrova – an assistant professor of art history at Alfred University – will "introduce the world of medieval European tapestries, beginning with middle of the 14th century, and will explore the history of tapestry and demonstrate the monetary, cultural, political, and religious values of these woven wonders," according to CCC. She'll also discuss some of the tapestries on display in the Houghton Library.
    For details, call 962-9385.
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