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Anti-death penalty advocate to speak at Washburn

February 25, 2011

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— A prominent national opponent of the death penalty is scheduled to speak next week at Washburn University in Topeka.

Sister Helen Prejean will attend a reading of a book she wrote -- Dead Man Walking -- and discuss issues surrounding capital punishment.

Her book has been made into a movie, opera and play for high schools and colleges. Assistant theater professor Sharon Sullivan will read selected passages.

Prejean has divided her time between educating people about the death penalty and counseling death row inmates since 1984. Her belief that some innocent people have been executed inspired another book, "The Death of Innocents."

The event next Thursday will be in room 100 of the Henderson Learning and Resources Center on campus.

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