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Hudson Valley and Sage Colleges Proudly Present Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking, on Sept. 12

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, August 23, 2001

On Wednesday, September 12, Sister Helen Prejean of Dead Man Walking fame will present a talk on "Dead Man Walking: The Journey" in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College at 10 a.m. and again in the Schacht Fine Arts Center at Russell Sage College at 7:30 p.m. Both talks are free and open to the public, but reservations are required due to the high demand for seats. Dead Man Walking will be on-sale and Sister Helen Prejean will be available to personally autograph copies of the book following her talk at both colleges.

To reserve space for groups at the 10 a.m. event at Hudson Valley, please call 629-HOPE. To obtain tickets at Russell Sage for the 7:30 p.m. talk, please call 244-2207.

Dead Man Walking was a New York Times best-selling nonfiction account of Sister Prejean's efforts in working with death row inmates, as well as her work towards abolishing the death penalty. It was later made into an Oscar-winning movie starring directed by Tim Robbins and starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. The film will be shown in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre in the Siek Campus Center at Hudson Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m, and from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.  All film screenings are free and the public is welcome. No one under 18 will be admitted without an adult because the film is rated "R."

For more information on Sister Helen Prejean or the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille, visit  All event proceeds go to benefit the Moratorium 2000. Many community peace and justice groups will be at the event, including David Kaczinski (Theodore Kaczinski's brother) who was recently appointed executive director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty.

At Hudson Valley Community College, Sister Prejean's talk is part of a daylong Musical Symposium for peace, featuring the performers listed below. For more information, call 629-7170.

The Musical Symposium for Peace and Non-Violence at Hudson Valley Community College, sponsored by the Campus Ministry office, is a collaborative effort among faculty, students, and administrators to promote peace and non-violence in homes, schools and communities.

September 11  Film:  Dead Man Walking
Starring Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn and Directed by Tim Robbins.
Sister Helen Prejean's powerful true story of her encounter with the American death penalty begins when she honors a deceptively simple request—becoming a pen pal to a death row inmate. From there, the Roman Catholic Nun from middle-class Louisiana tries to delicately navigate the complex personal, ethical, and legal issues involved, balancing compassion for both the criminals and the people whose lives they destroy.
Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center
Rated R (no one under 18 admitted without an adult)
10a.m., Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m.

September 12
Musical Symposium for Peace and Non-Violence
A day of peace and social justice issues and great music. Lecture by Sister Helen Prejean will take place in McDonough Physical Education Complex. Music, organization booths, and food booth will be located in tent behind the Campus Center. Stay for a day of music on campus and see Dead Man Walking at 2:15pm in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. McDonough Complex, Campus Center Tent, Stapleton Theatre 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free admission, food available.

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Chris Melco, Native American wood flutes
Chris Melco transcends cultural lines when he performs on his flutes. Chris has found similarities with the Native American culture and his own background which is Italian and Greek.  He began a journey which has brought him in contact with Native peoples from all over North and South America.  He has learned many facets of their lives and travels extensively in an effort to give a greater understanding of the Native cultures and of ourselves as human beings.    It is said that Chris Melco's music is ‘what the soul might sound like, if we could hear it speak.

Too Human
Ellen and Roger are professional songwriters originally hailing from Los Angeles and now settled in the lower Hudson Valley.  The songs are personal, topical and relevant in the singer/songwriter tradition ranging from passionate love songs to self discovery themes to issue oriented songs about homophobia, battered women and elephant slaughter—all with gritty heartfelt vocals, great harmonies and driving rhythms.

Paddy Kilrain
Paddy is a gutsy singer who was recently named Best Singer-Songwriter of 2001 in the region by Metroland Magazine.  "The whole concept of  ‘one voice, one guitar' has seldom rocked as hard as it does when Paddy Kilrain [gives a] concert, laying her soul out for all to inspect, then making …sure you pay attention to it."

12:30-1:00 p.m. Vince Mancino
Vince Mancino's music is pure and honest, with many songs inspired by his childhood growing up in a small town.  He writes heartwarming ballads to contemporary love songs and Vince's folk country style with guitar and voice invites all to ease back and get caught in the moment.

1:00- 1:30 p.m. Frank Jaklitsch
Frank Jaklitsch is all about peace and justice.  His songs are gentle and he is best known locally for his crowd-pleasing Irish entertainment at Eamonn\'s Pub in Loudonville, frequently uses his popular tunes and amicable personality to raise money for people in need. The Rensselaer County Concerns You program, an affiliate of Catholic Charities, has reaped many benefits from Jaklitsch\'s generosity over the years.  The program recently enlisted his help for four separate causes.

1:30-2:00 pm  Ben Murray & Siobhan Quinn
Ben and Siobhan produce a strong unique blend of contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic rhythm & blues. Together they are flamboyant, funny, serious, rock-steady musicians. The combination of Siobhán\'s riveting vocals and Ben\'s powerhouse voice and guitar creates an energy that is contagious. This duo was specifically asked by Sr. Rosemary to return after last year's performance.

2:15 –3:45 pm Dead Man Walking, film, (see description under September 11)
Maureen Stapleton Theatre

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.