“Dead Man Walking” Author Speaking On Death Penalty
Sister Helen Prejean, a nationally recognized opponent of the death penalty who wrote “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” will speak at the University of Houston-Downtown on March 3.
The book was nominated for a 1993 Pulitzer Prize and made the 1994 American Library Associates Notable Book List. The international best seller was No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks and has been translated into 10 languages. The book became an Academy-Award-winning movie, “Dead Man Walking,” in 1995.
“Hearing a controversial and internationally known spiritual adviser to death row inmates brings a new perspective students cannot get from a textbook,” said Judith Harris, UHD lecturer in criminal justice organizing Prejean’s lecture.
The talk begins at at 6 p.m. on March 3, in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium on the third floor of the Academic Building. The lecture is free and open to the public. Prejean’s appearance is part of the Criminal Justice Speaker Series, sponsored by UHD’s College of Public Service.