Interview with Sister Helen Prejean


Sister Helen Prejean is a nun and author of the novel Dead Man Walking. Sister Prejean came to Texas in 1997 to be a spiritual advisor for Cathy Henderson, a woman who was on death row. On Tape 1 Sister Prejean discusses her experiences meeting people on death row and the various roles storytelling takes on in her work. She notes the importance of books, and stories, by sharing the process of writing Dead Man Walking during an era in which the death penalty was largely unquestioned. On Tape 2 Sister Prejean spends time reflecting on her numerous advocacy projects, the importance of storytelling, and listening. This interview took place on December 3rd, 2013 in Austin, Texas.