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SU Offers Free Film Series on the Death Penalty

March 6, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – The Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna University is sponsoring a film discussion series at locations throughout the central Susquehanna Valley in March. All showings are free and open to the public.

The film series is being presented in preparation for the center's March 26-27 symposium on whether the death penalty should be abolished.

Dead Man Walking will be shown March 16 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Campus Theater in Lewisburg. The film was released in 1995 as a major motion picture directed by Tim Robbins and starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Sister Helen Prejean, who wrote the book on which Dead Man Walking is based, is the opening keynote speaker at the Adams Center’s symposium. Additional showings are March 14 from 6-9 p.m., March 14 from 9-11 p.m. and March 16 from 6-9 p.m. at Susquehanna University’s Isaacs Auditorium.

The Execution, a PBS Frontline production, is “a macro-examination of an execution's effect on all who take part in it or have a stake in it.” It will be shown on campus March 13 from 6-8 p.m. and March 15 from 2-4 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall. An additional showing is slated for March 22 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Selinsgrove.

Race to Execution, another PBS documentary, exposes how race infects America’s death penalty system. Showings are March 13 from 8-10 p.m. and March 15 from 4-6 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium at Susquehanna University. Additional showings are March 18 from 7-10 p.m. in Rooke Chemistry Auditorium at Bucknell University, and March 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the McCormick Center at Bloomsburg University.

For additional information on the film series or the symposium, contact the Adams Center at 570-372-2784.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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