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September 16, 2005

Source: Queen's University:

Noted death penalty opponent to give major public lecture

(Kingston, ON) Sister Helen Prejean, noted death penalty opponent and author of the best-selling Dead Man Walking, will give this year’s prestigious Dunning Trust Lecture at Queen’s University.

The internationally known author will present her public lecture -- Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues -- on Wednesday Sept 28 at 7:30 pm in Grant Hall. All are welcome. Seating is limited.

University officials note that Sister Prejean’s presence is especially appreciated given that she and her staff have been evacuated from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

Sister Prejean began her prison ministry in 1981, becoming spiritual advisor to a convicted killer sentenced to die in the electric chair. Her eyes opened to the Louisiana execution process, she wrote a book nominated for a 1993 Pulitzer Prize. Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty In The United States was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks. An international best seller, it was made into an Academy Award-winning motion picture. Fifteen years after beginning her crusade, the Roman Catholic sister continues to educate the public about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing and writing.

The Chancellor Dunning Trust was established in 1946 by an anonymous donor who gave $100,000 to Queen’s University to establish a permanent tribute to Chancellor Charles A. Dunning. The income from the trust is used “to promote understanding and appreciation of the supreme importance of the dignity, freedom and responsibility of the individual person in human society.” The 2005 Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecturer is sponsored by Queen's Theological College.

For more information contact Andy F. Visser, development and recruitment officer, Queen's Theological College, telephone 613 533-6000, ext 74313



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