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Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking, to Speak at Stuart as part of the Women in Leadership Program November 1, 2011

Sister Helen Prejean, author of New York Times best-seller Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, will be speaking at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.

 

The public is invited to hear Sister Prejean speak on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 5:00PM in Stuart’s Cor Unum Center.  The event is free of charge.

 

Sister Prejean is coming to Stuart as a featured speaker in Stuart’s Women in Leadership program. Her book 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. It also made the International Best Seller List, has been translated into ten different languages, and was made into a major motion picture for which Susan Sarandon won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Sister Prejean.

Sister Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. She considers herself a southern storyteller and she travels around the world giving talks about her ministry.

“We are honored to have Sister Prejean come to speak at Stuart. Her work with those on death row exemplifies a social awareness that impels to action – one of the most important goals we seek to impart to our girls, from the earliest age, here at Stuart,” said Dr. Patty L. Fagin, Head of School. “We are fortunate to be able to provide such internationally-renowned women as role models to our students through our Women in Leadership Program.”
            Helen Prejean is a Roman Catholic sister. Dead Man Walking is an account of her experience counseling death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier. She also wrote The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions and is currently working on another book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.
            Fifteen years after beginning her crusade, Sister Prejean has witnessed five executions in Louisiana and today educates the public about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing and writing. As the founder of "Survive," a victim's advocacy group in New Orleans, she continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but the families of murder victims, as well.

The Women in Leadership program exposes Stuart students to women who shape opinions and make a difference. We secure leaders and experts in a wide variety of fields including the arts, academics, politics, athletics and education. Past speakers include Shirley Tilghman, President of Princeton University, Cokie Roberts, NPR Sr. News Analyst, and Dr. Shelley Hearne, Managing Director, Pew Health Group.

 

About Stuart: Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is an independent college preparatory school for girls in kindergarten through grade 12 in Princeton, New Jersey. Stuart also has a co-ed pre-school and junior kindergarten program. Now celebrating its 48th year, Stuart prepares young women for exceptional leadership and service through a challenging and innovative curriculum, superb teaching, and individualized attention. Part of an international community of Sacred Heart schools, Stuart is an independent Catholic school that embraces students of all faiths and backgrounds, helping them to become accomplished and committed women with the confidence and passion for justice to transform the world.