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‘Dead Man Walking’ Author To Speak At BCC

February 26, 2013 by admin

By Jenna Murphy 

 
     Where do you stand on the topic of the death penalty?  Sister Helen Prejean of the Congregation of St. Joseph will shed light on this controversial issue at Brookdale Community College on Feb. 25.
     “The Big Read” is a program put in place by the National Endowment of the Arts. The foundation’s goal is to revamp the role of literature in our current culture and to encourage individuals to read.  
     Sister Helen Prejean’s visit to Brookdale is the kick-off event for this program The Roman Catholic nun counseled a death-row inmate and later watched him as he was executed.
      Ultimately, this led to the creation of her book, “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States”.
        Having been transformed into an opera, a movie, and script for highschool and college plays, the book has proven to be both successful and insightful.  
     Brookdale will be holding a film screening of “Dead Man Walking” as well as a discussion with Brookdale’s Dr. Carl Calendar.  
     The Lincroft campus will screen the film at 6 p.m., Feb. 21, in the Student Life Center. Admission is $4.  Those hoping to gain firsthand insight of the author’s stance on the matter, however, may hear Sister Helenspeak on two separate occasions at Brookdale.
     Students and members of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) may purchase discounted tickets to the discussion and book signing for $4; general admission tickets are available for $9.  Seating is limited and those interested in attending are encouraged to register at the Brookdale Recreation Center or Brookdale Student Life Center (Navesink and Twin Lights Rooms).
   According to Brookdale Community College’s website, Dale Daniels, director of the Center for Holocaust Studies and executive director of Chhange, is looking forward to the event a great deal.
     “We are excited that The Big Read is under way.  Thousands of community members, middle school, high school, and college students have committed to come together in special events, book discussions,film series, and dramatic performances,” Daniels said.
     The upcoming event with Sister Helen Prejean seems to have similarpublicity surrounding it.
     “I think it’s pretty exciting to experience someone else’s view on the topic.  Maybe one day she can truly make a change and turn her views into something bigger. I’m interested to hear what she has tosay about it,” said Tony Scotto, a 19-year-old Brookdale Community College Journalism major from Keansburg.
     Currently, Sister Helen educates the masses on the issue of the death penalty, as well as counsels various death-row prisoners.  Having the opportunity to hear Sister Helen speak of her direct experiences withinmates will be an eyeopening occasion.
        For more information on the event, visit www.chhange.org.  Thoseinterested in learning more about Sister Helen Prejean can visit herofficial website, www.sisterhelen.org.
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