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Anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean visits DePaul

​Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, an internationally known activist and author, made her annual visit to DePaul's campus last week from her home in New Orleans for a series of open public lectures and classroom discussions. Sr. Helen participated April 21-27 in a number of speaking engagements, including a joint address with Barbara Crain Major, a community organizer, educator, author, activist and core anti-racism trainer. She also joined a panel with leaders from the Illinois Prison Project, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the Visiting Room Project and the Youth Empowerment Performance Project for a transformative conversation about criminalization, transformation, survival and resistance. Sr. Helen visited classes and, to close out the week, preached at Sunday-evening Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Parish and spoke to faculty and staff at a Lunch with Vincent gathering. Sr. Helen wrote the widely acclaimed book "Dead Man Walking" and is known for her work as an educator about the death penalty and a counselor for inmates on death row.