Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty

10th annual symposium on restorative justice

ORGANIZED BY INTEGRATED STUDIES & PEACE AND JUSTICE STUDIES

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

 This event is free and open to the public. 

10:00-11:15     Dr. Michael Radalet
11:30-12:45     Sister Helen Prejean
1:00-2:15         Lunch
2:30-3:45         Dr. Fania Davis
4:00-5:15         Panel discussion with Radalet, Prejean, and Davis
6:30                  Dinner at Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort

Keynote Speaker

Sister Helen Keynote SpeakerSister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions.  She travels around the world giving talks about her ministry.  She considers herself a southern storyteller.

Sister Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph.  She spent her first years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students.  Realizing that being on the side of poor people is an essential part of the Gospel she moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House from 1981 – 1984.

During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate Patrick Sonnier at Angola.  She agreed and became his spiritual adviser.  After witnessing his execution, she wrote a book about the experience.  The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.  It became a movie, an opera and a play for high schools and colleges.

Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners.  She has accompanied six men to their deaths.  In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty.  This realization inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which was released by Random House in December of 2004.

Sr. Helen is presently at work on another book - RIVER OF FIRE: MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.

Previous RJDP Symposia at UVU

1st Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: A Personal Perspective from Death Row
2nd Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking
3rd Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty
4th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: Punishment and the Death Penalty
5th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty
6th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: What Does Justice Require?
7th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: Humanity and Justice - The Possibility 
8th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: From Capital Punishment to Restorative Justice - Where Does America Stand?
9th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: Why does the U.S. retain the Death Penalty?
10th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: Restoring Justice

Resources

The Death Penalty Information Center
Amnesty International