‘Dead Man Walking’ author to visit W.Va. campus

WHEELING (AP) — The nun made famous by her book “Dead Man Walking” is visiting Wheeling to discuss the death penalty.

Wheeling Jesuit University and the Sisters of St. Joseph will host two public events, followed by two public lectures featuring Sister Helen Prejean.

Prejean wrote the book that inspired a movie starring Sean Penn and directed by Tim Robbins.

Wheeling Jesuit is hosting a panel discussion on capital punishment at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 at its National Technology Transfer Center auditorium.

Prejean will give two lectures, first at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the Troy Theater and again at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Mount St. Joseph Chapel.

Prejean founded Survive, a victims’ advocacy group, and published “Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Execution” in 2004.

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