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Death Penalty Awareness Series Starts This Week

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 The Death Penalty Awareness Series will include lectures, films and a Department of Theatre and Dance play.
 Author Sister Helen Prejean will speak during the series.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution Studies Minor at Winthrop University is sponsoring a Death Penalty Awareness Series this fall.

One of the highlights will be the appearance of Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” on Oct. 29.

The list of events is as follows:

  • Sept. 12:  Charlotte, N.C., trial attorney Jim Cooney lecture on “Death in a Civilized Society,” 8 p.m., Owens Hall, G02.
  • Sept. 27: Winthrop Chapter of Amnesty International will show a film, “Too Flawed to Fix,” moderated by Adolphus Belk, assistant professor of political science, 7 p.m. Location: TBA.
  • Oct. 18: HBO Film Preview, “The Trials of Darryl Hunt”:  A story about a Winston-Salem man who spent 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Darryl Hunt will be present to answer questions following the film, scheduled for 7 p.m., Plowden Auditorium.
  • Oct. 24:  Faye Sultan and Brad Tripp, assistant professor of sociology, lecture on “The Sociology and Psychology of the Death Penalty,” 8 p.m., Owens G02.
  • Oct. 29:  Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” will give a talk entitled “Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues,” 7 p.m., Tillman Auditorium. The theatre department, under the direction of professor Annie-Laurie Wheat, will put on the play “Dead Man Walking” from Oct. 31- Nov. 4 in Johnson Studio Theatre. Except for the play, all events are free and open to the public.  

This series is sponsored by the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution Studies Minor, in conjunction with The Oratory, the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the African American Studies Minor.

For more information, contact Ginger Williams, associate professor of history, at 803/323-4680.

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