'Dead Man Walking' Author to Speak at Yale

Sister Helen Prejean, whose work with condemned prisoners inspired the Tim Robbins film “Dead Man Walking,” will speak at the 1997 Annual Convocation of the Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Her talk and other Convocation events will take place in Marquand Chapel, Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, 409 Prospect St. Journalists are welcome to attend. Please bring media identification to gain admission.

Sister Helen Prejean’s ministry among inmates on Louisiana’s death row was the subject of her 1993 book, “Dead Man Walking,” and of an award-winning movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille, Sister Helen writes and lectures against capital punishment and ministers to murder victims’ families. She helped found Survive, a victims’ rights advocacy group in New Orleans.

Other talks of interest:

The Lyman Beecher Lectures will be given this year by Barbara Brown Taylor, considered one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. She will deliver a talk on “Famine in the Land: Homiletical Restraint and the Silence of God” at 4 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Professor James Childress, a prolific writer and lecturer on religious and medical ethics, bioethics and civil disobedience, will deliver the Sorensen Lecture on “Religion and Public Policy: The Controversy about Human Cloning” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16. Professor Childress is the Kyle Professor of Religious Studies and professor of medical education at the University of Virginia. His best known work, “Who Shall Live When Not All Can Live?” appeared in 18 publications from 1970 through 1996.

For further information, contact the Office of Graduate and External Relations at Yale Divinity School, 203 432-5568.

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