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Sister Helen Prejean Week


Exhibit: Dead Man Walking: The Opera
Opening Tuesday, April 22 | Runs through summer, Mondays-Fridays, 9:00-5:00pm
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
DePaul Special Collections & Archives
Richardson Library, Room 314
2350 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Selections from Sr. Helen Prejeans archival collection tell the story of the reflection, collaboration, dedication, and creativity of the composers, playwrights, and performers involved in the operatic productions.  While the opera was hailed as a brilliant production and deserves recognition in its own right, the productions brought much needed awareness to the anti-death penalty movement and provided opportunities for advocacy, dialogue, and education in the cities in which it was staged.

Law Luncheon
Wednesday, April 23, 11:30-1:00pm
DePaul University, Loop Campus
DePaul Center, 14th Floor
1 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604

Dead Man Walking Opera Performance 
Sunday, April 27, 7:00-10:00pm
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
$15 Suggested Donation

Interview on WBEZ Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia
Tuesday, April 29, 8:50-10:00am
WBEZ 91.5

Dead Man Walking Lecture & Performance by Looped Together
Tuesday, April 29, 6:00-9:00pm
Harold Washington Library
400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605 

Catholic Studies Breakfast
Wednesday, April 30, 8:30-10:00am
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Student Center, Room 220
2250 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Dead Man Walking 20th Anniversary

I realize that I cannot standby silently as my government executes its citizens. If I do not speak out and resist, I am an accomplice. Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

Dead Man Walking celebrates its 20th anniversary with a website that features background information about the book and the history of the death penalty, plus fascinating snippets from people involved with the journey from printed word, to film, to music, to opera, to stage play.

In Deeds and Words: Sr. Helen Prejean's Ministry Against the Death Penaltyexamines the ministry of Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, well known for her work to abolish the death penalty in the United States, and especially for her book, Dead Man Walking.

The original letters, photographs, artifacts selected for this exhibit are from the Sr. Helen Prejean Papers and were on display in DePaul's Special Collections and Archives Department from May 2012 through January 2013. The archives collection has enormous depth, not only for the issue of the death penalty, but also in the development of Sr. Helen's activism, the process of writing and publishing a book, and the overlapping social justice issues which examination of the death penalty unmasks.

CBS Sunday Morning 
Link to Video

Segment featuring Tim Robbins & Sister Helen Prejean. Aired September 15, 2013.

CNN's Death Row Stories
Series Website

Death Row Stories is a series of one-hour documentaries. Each episode attempts to unravel the truth behind a different capital murder case. Executive produced by Alex Gibney and Robert Redford and narrated by Susan Sarandon, these stories call into question various beliefs surrounding America's justice system and the death penalty. 

Holder a Lonely Holdout as Death Row Enters Death Throes
Op-Ed by Susanne Dumbleton
Article Link

"In seeking the death penalty for the accused Boston marathon bomber, Eric Holder violates his personal opposition, Boston public opinion and growing nationwide resistance to execution as criminal punishment." 

Catholic Studies Breakfast
Thursday, April 23, 8:00-9:30am
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Student Center, Room 220
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

College of Law Luncheon
Thursday, April 23, 11:50-12:50pm
DePaul University, Loop Campus
Lewis Center, Room 901
25 E. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
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Sister Helen Prejean, 'Dead Man Walking': The Conversation Continues
Thursday, April 23, 6:00-8:00pm
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Lower Level
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605

Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies Breakfast
Monday, April 27, 8:00-9:30am
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Student Center, Room 314AB
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Social Work Luncheon
Monday, April 27, 11:30-1:00pm
DePaul University, Loop Campus
DePaul Center, 11th floor, DePaul Club
1 E. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
By invitation only  |  Event flyer

An Evening with Sister Helen Prejean
Abolitions and the Morality of Punishment
Monday, April 27, 6:30-7:00pm (Exhibit), 7:00-8:30pm (Program)
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Cortelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont Street
Chicago, IL 60614
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