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‘Dead Man Walking’ author to visit Coffee Creek, Oregon State Penitentiary

Sister Helen Prejean makes fifth visit to Eugene, UO

Nationally-recognized human rights and restorative justice activist Sister Helen Prejean is returning on her fifth visit to Eugene and the University of Oregon October 21-27.

While in Oregon, Prejean will visit the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem to teach a creative writing workshop through the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, which brings college students and incarcerated students together through dialogue-based university courses held in correctional facilities. She also will visit the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for incarcerated women in Wilsonville with members of the Eugene-based Portia Project.

Prejean also will speak with students during classes held by the UO's Robert D. Clark Honors College and the law school's Conflict and Dispute Resolution Graduate Program.

Prejean will be making several public appearances during her 2012 visit:

8 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, Marist High School. Interfaith panel discussion, " Forgiveness and Reconciliation after Trauma: Perspectivesfrom Different Faith Traditions." FREE.

7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Erb Memorial Union Ballroom. "Envisioning a Compassionate America." FREE.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, Location TBA. Peace Slam. Contact melanieo@fcceugene.org for details.

Prejean is one of the best-known human rights activists and opponents of the death penalty. Her first book, New York Times best-seller and Pulitzer-Prize nominated Dead Man Walking, was based on her experience as the spiritual advisor to convicted killer and death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier, who was sentenced to die for the murder of two teenagers. Her book was later turned into the award-winning film directed by Tim Robbins.

Sister Helen's second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, tells the story of two possibly innocent men whom she accompanied to their executions. The book evaluates the evidence and examines how flaws in the death penalty system lead to the execution of innocent people.

Prejean's visit to the UO is being sponsored by the Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, the Robert D. Clark Honors College and the Oregon Law Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center.


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