Sister Helen Prejean and DEAD MAN WALKING teaching kit from DePaul University Library

By Ryan Mita | May 18 2017 | First-Year Reading: Memoir & Biography First-Year Reading: Social Justice

DePaul University Library’s Special Collections and Archives recently created a teaching kit for Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Sister Helen Prejean. The library houses Prejean’s papers and twenty primary sources were selected for the kit to deepen the reading experience.

 

Developed by members of DePaul’s College of Education, the kit includes:

  • Teacher’s guide with subject-specific discussion questions (English, Sociology, and Theater)
  • Downloadable primary sources, that correspond to specific chapters
  • Brief biographies to provide context
  • Additional resources on the death penalty

 

In Dead Man Walking, Sister Prejean takes readers inside the United States’ death penalty system and asks how can a society benefit from replicating the violence it condemns. In 1982, she became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, convicted of the murder of two teenagers and sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. To date it has been selected by 15 Common Reading programs and has also been made into an award-winning film directed by Tim Robbins and starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon.

To learn more about this teaching kit, visit: https://spca.depaul.press/prejean/

Banner image credits: Sr. Helen Prejean at Hope House by David Rea Morris/Impact Visuals, undated; artwork by Ed Morgan, Jr., award presented to Sr. Helen Prejean by the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights and Bill of Rights Foundation, 2007; photograph of Sr. Helen Prejean taken during the filming of Angel of Death Row, PBS Frontline documentary, 1995

The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate
978-0-679-75131-1
Law - Criminal Law - General
Social Science - Criminology
Biography & Autobiography - Religious
In Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean takes the reader inside the United States' death penalty system and asks how can a society benefit from replicating the violence it condemns.  In 1982, she became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, convicted of the murder of two teenagers and sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana's Angola State Prison.  In the course of their acquaintance, Sister Prejean came to know not only Sonnier, but also his family, the families of murder victims, and the public officials whose job it was to execute him—from the governor and the head of the Department of Corrections to the prison's warden and guards.  Dead Man Walking is the story of what she discovers in the course of her experiences with Sonnier and other condemned men about the death penalty and the moral taint it casts upon our society.
$15.00 US | $17.00 CAN
May 31, 1994
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
304 Pages
Vintage
US, Canada, Open Mkt