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Fall forum on mental health scheduled

A panel of community experts will talk about erasing the stigma of mental illness at the annual Fall Forum at 11 a.m. Thursday.

The free event will feature Benaye Y. Rogers, president of CONTACT, a Dallas-based help line for anyone considering thoughts of suicide; Amy Stewart, chief program officer of CONTACT; Julie Hersh, author of Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope; Vanita Halliburton, president and co-founder of the Grant Halliburton Foundation; Garnet Coleman, Texas state representative; and Pamela Gutierrez, executive director of Denton County MHMR.

Panelists will discuss how to get help and how others can get involved and take action, and some panelists will share personal stories. The event will be held in the UNT Coliseum, located at 600 Avenue D, and will feature a free lunch after the panel discussion.

Special education lecture scheduled

Dr. Dan Reschly, an expert on minority disproportionality in special education, will talk about how to prepare teachers and other school personnel to better identify students who are at risk of being incorrectly referred for special education at 4:30 p.m. Friday at UNT.

The free lecture is sponsored by Project TELL, and will be held in Matthews Hall, Room 311, at 1300 W. Highland St. Reschly is a professor of education and psychology in Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

Event celebrating Hurley’s life set

The University of North Texas community will celebrate the life of the late Alfred F. Hurley, former UNT president and first chancellor of the UNT System, in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Murchison Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Hall.

Current UNT President Lane Rawlins, UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson, Hurley’s children and others will speak at the event. A reception in the Gateway Center Ballroom will be held following the ceremony.

Hurley joined UNT in 1980 as the vice president for administrative affairs and became the school’s 12th president in February 1982. In 2000, the office of the president and chancellor split, and Hurley became the university’s first chancellor. He retired from the university in 2002.

Hurley died June 8 at the age of 84 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Screening of ‘Raid on the Rainbow Lounge’ set

The University of North Texas will present a free screening of Raid on the Rainbow Lounge — a 2012 documentary about the raid of a Fort Worth gay bar — on Oct. 3.

In June 2009, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Fort Worth Police Department raided the Rainbow Lounge and arrested several customers for public intoxication and detained others without arresting them. The documentary follows some of the bar’s patrons and examines how the raid impacted their lives.

The free screening begins at 5 p.m. in Room 111 of Chilton Hall, at 410 Ave. C on the southwest corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. The screening of the 103-minute film will be followed by a moderated discussion.