Monday, November 13, 2006

An excellent extra credit opportunity. This would really be worth it!

Sister Helen PrejeanKeynote Address: Sister Helen Prejean
November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with information fair in the lobby)
Conant Performing Arts Center
Sister Helen Prejean, a 1999 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, is a Roman Catholic nun, educator and anti-death penalty activist and author. Her book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States was nominated for a 1993 Pulitzer Prize and made into an acclaimed movie with Susan Sarandon. Fifteen years since beginning her crusade, the Roman Catholic sister has witnessed five executions in Louisiana. As the founder of Survive, a victim's advocacy group in New Orleans, she continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but also families of murder victims. Her most recent book is The Death of Innocence: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.
Welcome by Betsy Hansen, President of Oglethorpe Women’s Network; Introduction by Bev Hoffman, community activist. With audience Q&A and a book signing.
General admission tickets available at the door: $7, $5 for students and seniors, free with Oglethorpe ID. Sponsored by OWN.

Talk with Youth
By Sister Helen Prejean
November 17, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by OWN
Conant Performing Arts Center
In a very special session, Sister Helen Prejean will speak to invited high school groups. Sister Helen received a bachelor’s in English and education from St. Mary's Dominican College and a master’s in religious education from St. Paul's University in Ottawa, Canada. She has been the religious education director at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in New Orleans, the formation director for her religious community and a junior and senior high school teacher. As a part of her on-going work in education, she initiated a high school Dead Man Walking School Theatre Play Project.
Open to registered conference attendees unable to attend the November 16 talk.

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Conference: Dialogue on the Death Penalty
November 17
Registration: $25 for outside guests, $15 for seniors and students, free with current OU ID. Includes wine and cheese reception and performance of The Exonerated. Individual tickets to The Exonerated are available for $5 at the door.

Welcome and Introduction:
William Shropshire, Provost of Oglethorpe University
1:00 – 1:10 p.m.
Lupton Auditorium

Plenary Session: Historical and Legal Perspectives on the Death Penalty
1:10 – 2:00 p.m.
Lupton Auditorium
Participants: John D. Orme, Professor of Politics; Brad Stone, Professor of Sociology; and Jonathan MacFarlane, Visiting Professor of Politics
Respected Oglethorpe University professors offer cogent background information on the death penalty issue and a neutral survey of the pro-and-con arguments for capitol punishment in the United States.

Concurrent Panels
Panel One: Moratorium in Georgia?
2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lupton Auditorium, Lupton Hall
Participants: Jack Martin, criminal defense attorney; Danny Craig, District Attorney for Columbia County
Two prominent attorneys debate the issues surrounding the American Bar Association proposed moratorium on executions in the State of Georgia.
Facilitated by Aimee Maxwell, Director of Georgia Innocence Project

Panel Two: Round Table on Arts and Activism
Participants: Hector Aristizábal, cofounder of the Colombia Peace Project; Mike Farrell, President of Death Penalty Focus; Del Hamilton, Artistic Director 7 Stages; and Rachel May, Co-Producing Artistic Director, Synchronicity Performance Group.
2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Greenwald Room, Emerson Student Center
Celebrated international and local artists and activists talk about their personal involvement in human rights issues and the uses of art in social change.
Facilitated by Deborah Merola, Associate Professor and Director of Theatre

Panel Three: Seeking Justice
Panelists: Laura Moye, Deputy Director of the Southern Regional Office, Amnesty International; William Montross, Jr., attorney, Southern Center for Human Rights; a former jury member; a former death row inmate.
3:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Talmage Room, Emerson Student Center
Engaged panelists explore the international, regional and personal implications of seeking justice including the perspectives of the convicted and a citizen charged with carrying out the law of the State of Georgia.
Facilitated by Elizabeth Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychology

Panel Four: Youth Activism
Panelists: Shareef Cousin, young exoneree, and Hooman Hedayati, founder Texas Students Against the Death Penalty
3:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Greenwald Room, Emerson Student Center
Student activists engaged in death penalty work, including a Morehouse student on death row at age 16 and an Iranian immigrant at the University of Texas at Austin, reach out to their peers about young people making a difference.
Facilitated by Yvonne Druyeh, President of Student Progressive Action Network (SPANK)

Wine and Cheese Reception
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Lupton Auditorium
Conference attendees are warmly invited for refreshments before the staged reading of The Exonerated, with a chance to greet panelists and other participants.
Sponsored by Oglethorpe’s Division of Education and Department of Theatre.

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