As the school year begins and new programs launch in libraries and community centers, we invite you to foster conversations about the death penalty utilizing the book Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ. Here are a few helpful and free resources for engaging students, neighbors, and peers in conversation:
- Do you participate in a local or virtual book club? Please consider reading the 20th Anniversary Edition of Dead Man Walking. Random House has a great discussion guide.
- Both Spirituality & Practice and Spirituality On Screen have good sets of talking points to drive discussion after viewing the film adaptation of Dead Man Walking.
- The Death Penalty Information Center’s high school curriculum site has received numerous awards and recognitions, for educational value, high-quality content, and high-quality site design. This is a fantastic resource for introducing the death penalty into the classroom.
- Capital Punishment in Context is the Death Penalty Information Center’s research-based resource for college classrooms. The innovative site examines individual death penalty narratives which are supplemented by resources like original police reports and witness transcripts.
Because of the importance of young people in shaping our moral future, Sister Helen and her staff are eager to ensure that as many as possible in this new generation have the chance to read Dead Man Walking. The original version of the book is now available at a greatly reduced price through a special bulk buying program for schools. This is the exact same text minus the new foreword and afterwords you’ll find in the 20th anniversary edition. All proceeds from the sale of the original book go to aid Sister Helen’s non-profit, the Ministry Against the Death Penalty.
For more information about utilizing Dead Man Walking in your community, please contact Sister Helen’s Special Projects Manager, Rachael Hudak, by e-mail or call (312) 362-5573.
This resource first appeared in CMN’s September 2013 Newsletter.