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Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, to speak at the Mount on March 26

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Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author and internationally acclaimed human rights activist will discuss her influence on changing death penalty laws at the College of Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the College Theatre. The talk is free and open to the public.

“Sister Helen Prejean has been, without a doubt, one of the most influential people in the movement to change the U.S. laws that allow executions for capital offenses,” says Nancy Bramlage, SC, director of mission and ministry at the Mount. “Since her publication, Sister Helen has been on the road, spreading her message through speaking engagements, writing follow-up books, seeing her original book made into a play to be performed collaboratively in high schools and colleges, and having the story made into a modern opera. Her story is compelling and continues to be transformative for many audiences.”

Prejean’s visit is part of a collaboration between the Mount, Mercy, and McAuley high schools, to perform a play based on Prejean’s story Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.  More than 80 students are cast in the play that will convey Prejean’s own experiences of walking with a man on death row, exposing her mission to end state executions.  The play will open to the public on Tuesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the College Theatre.  Tickets are $10 and available at They will also be available at Mercy’s main office and two hours prior to each show at the Mount’s box office.

Dead Man Walking was made into a 1995 movie starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. It was nominated for four Academy Awards.

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