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Death penalty opponent set to speak

September 11, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING - Sister Helen Prejean, whose experiences in accompanying a death row inmate became the book - and later, the Academy Award-winning film - "Dead Man Walking" will give two public lectures Sept. 20 and Sept. 25 at Wheeling Jesuit University.

A showing of "Dead Man Walking," the film starring Sean Penn and directed by Tim Robbins, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the university's Troy Theater.

The Sisters of St. Joseph will host the two events featuring Prejean. The first, "Cruel and Unusual?: A Multidisciplinary Panel on Capital Punishment," will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the university's National Technology Transfer Center auditorium, and the second, "Dead Man Walking, The Story Continues: A Lecture by Sister Helen Prejean," will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Troy Theater and 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Mount St. Joseph Chapel.

Prejean has founded Survive, a victims advocacy group, and published "Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Execution." She has chaired the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Prejean also founded the Moratorium Campaign advocacy, which the Rev. George Lundy, former Wheeling Jesuit University president, directed until his death.

Lundy was a long-term ally of Prejean, and she will honor him during the dedication of the new Lundy Lounge at 4 p.m. Sept. 24 in the university's Acker Science Center.

For information, contact the university's Campus Ministry at (304) 243-2385.

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