Sr. Helen Prejean has spent the last 20 years campaigning against the death penalty. During that time she has witnessed multiple executions in the U.S. and served as spiritual advisor to many death row inmates. As founder of 'Survive' victims' advocacy group in New Orleans, she continues counseling both inmates on death row and families of murder victims. Through lecturing, organizing, and writing, Sr. Helen educates the public about the death penalty. Her work was made famous in the 1995 film Dead Man Walking starring Susan Sarandon, based on her 1993 non-fiction book of the same title.
Schedule of Events:
3:00-5:30 p.m. Student Workshop
Prior to her keynote address, Sr. Helen will provide a workshop for st...udents in grades 7-12, exploring the debate on capital punishment by asking questions such as: 'Why do we punish?' 'Are there crimes so heinous they merit death?' 'What is cruel and unusual punishment?' 'How do race and disability color this conversation?'
Experienced educators from local high schools will facilitate the workshop.
7:00-9:00 p.m. Keynote Event, Q&A and Book Signing
The keynote event will begin with a concert featuring a combined Gospel Choir of voices from St. Catherine-St. Lucy, St Martin de Porres, and St. Eulalia parishes.
After the keynote address by Sr. Helen Prejean, there will be a guided dialogue with Karen L. Daniel, director of the Center of Wrongful Convictions of Northwestern University's School of Law.
The evening will close with a Q&A and book signing at 9:00 p.m.