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LA CROSSE, Wis.—Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., will present "The Death Penalty in America: A Profound Moral Contradiction," as part of the D.B. Reinhart Lecture Series at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

Sr. Prejean, will also be available after the presentation to autograph copies of her book, Dead Man Walking.

Admission is free, but a ticket is required. In lieu of an admission fee, donations of non-perishable food items for local food pantries will be accepted before the presentation. Tickets will be available at the Murphy Center reception desk on the Viterbo campus beginning Oct. 11.

For the past 10 years, Sister Prejean has been the spiritual adviser to five death row inmates in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, accompanying three to the electric chair and witnessing their deaths. Her experiences have led her to speak out against capital punishment and advocate wider public understanding of the death penalty. She has also befriended murder victims’ families and helped found "Survive," a victims advocacy group in New Orleans.

Prejean has been featured in many magazines including: New York Times Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and Good Housekeeping. She has also been on television shows like: 60 Minutes, Larry King Live and various news shows on NBC, ABC, BBC, and PBS. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.

Her book Dead Man Walking was on the New York Times best seller list for 31 weeks. It was also on the International best seller list and has been translated into nine different languages. A major motion picture based on Dead Man Walking, starring Susan Sarandon as Sr. Prejean and Sean Penn as death row inmate Matt Poncelet, was released in 1996.

Sr. Prejean was in La Crosse May 12 to receive the Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service at Viterbo but weather implications at O’Hare International Airport forced the cancellation of her personal appearance. Nearly 1,000 students and community members were expected to attend.

Prejean is the second of four speakers who will be on the Viterbo campus this academic year as part of the lecture series. The others are:

Marianne Jennings, J.D., renowned author, lecturer and a professor of legal and ethical studies at Arizona State University will present "Virtue in Business: What is it? Why do we need it?" on Monday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. The talk is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat for Jennings’ presentation, call the Viterbo College Office of the President at 796-3001.

Fr. Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., D.B.A.,  former business dean and president of Loyola University in Chicago, will discuss various aspects of business ethics on Monday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Fr. William J. Byron, S.J., Ph.D., a distinguished professor of management at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and director of the Center for Advanced Study of Ethics, will present "Old Ethical Principles in the New Corporate Culture" on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

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