The University of Michigan-Flint Common Read Committee has selected Sister Helen Prejean's memoir, Dead Man Walking, for the 2015-16 Common Read. Published in 1994, the book is widely heralded as a profound reflection on capital punishment. Available in paperback and as an audio book, it has also been the basis for a film and an opera. Prejean’s more recent 2006 book is Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.
In Dead Man Walking, Prejean wrestles in complex ways with important moral questions, drawing on her religious tradition (she is a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Medaille) and social science data and argument. The memoir speaks to issues of capital punishment, the criminal justice system, the humanity of perpetrators, and the claims and needs of direct and indirect victims of brutal crimes.
Sister Prejean will visit campus on Thursday, October 8, 2015.