When the incoming Freshman class at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado arrive on campus in Fall 2014, they will begin to read and study Sister Helen Prejean’s Dead Man Walking in different courses throughout the Fall semester. Sister Prejean’s memoir takes readers inside the United States’ death penalty system where she became the spiritual adviser to Patrick Sonnier, a man convicted of the murder of two teenagers and sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. Prejean’s moving narrative takes a critical eye to our death penalty system and asks how can a society benefit from replicating the violence it condemns.
“The students loved her and are loving her book,” says Bridget Irish, Assistant Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences. “It is interesting that the book’s age has nothing to do with its relevance today. . . . It has already sparked great conversation both about the content of the book but very importantly also about the writing of the book.”
Students at Fort Lewis College can look forward to more of Sister Prejean when she speaks on campus on October 21, 2014. The entire community will be invited to attend this “Campus Community Conversation” event.