Upcoming Events

Author Visit

Sister Helen Prejean

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.—5 p.m.
Location: KIVA, Harding Mott University Center

Public keynote lecture with book signing immediately following the lecture.

Film Viewings

Prison terminal: the last days of private jack hall

Date: Thursday, November 5
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: KIVA, Harding Mott University Center

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall is a moving cinema verite documentary that breaks through the walls of one of America's oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner and the hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who care for him. The film draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary and provides a fascinating and often poignant account of how the hospice experience can profoundly touch even the forsaken lives of the incarcerated.

Dead Man Walking

Date: Wednesday, December 2
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: KIVA, Harding Mott University Center

A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation.