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Sister Helen Prejean, three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her work on the abolition of capital punishment in America and author of the best-selling book Dead Man Walking, spoke at Drury on March 1st, 2001. Dead Man Walking was made into a successful movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.
Prejean, an outspoken anti-death penalty activist, champions the cause of death row inmates who are almost exclusively from the lowest socioeconomic classes in the United States. Prejean is committed to thoughtful dialogue surrounding this emotional issue, and founded the "Survive" support group for inmates and the families of their victims.
Prejean's visit continued the rich tradition of intelligent dialogue about important issues that represents the heart and soul of Drury University's Convocation lectures.
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