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'Dead Man Walking' author here, Nov. 9

Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book "Dead Man Walking," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in McCosh 10.

Prejean, a prominent death penalty opponent, will deliver a lecture titled "Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues" and will sign books afterward.

In 1982, Prejean began visiting a death row inmate in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. She became his spiritual adviser and accompanied him to his execution. After doing the same for another inmate, she wrote "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States," which became a bestseller and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second book, "The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions," discusses the execution of prisoners who were possibly innocent of the crimes for which they were killed.

Prejean, who lives in New Orleans, is the founder of the Moratorium Campaign, a group that seeks to halt the death penalty, and Survive, which provides counseling and support to the families of murder victims.

Prejean's visit, her first to the University, is sponsored by Princeton's Center for the Study of Religion, the Council of the Humanities, Dollars & Sins, the Office of Religious Life, the Pace Center and several other groups.

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