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Professor Joshua Dressler to Speak at March 2 Symposium Entitled Being Alive in the Word: Public Discourse on the Death Penalty
Event is part of the Department of Theatre's Dead Man Walking production and project
February 28, 2007
Professor Joshua Dressler
Moritz Professor Joshua Dressler will speak to the foundations of the legal system at a symposium entitled: Being Alive in the Word: Public Discourse on the Death Penalty, scheduled from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Friday March 2, 2007 in the Thurber Theatre of the Drake Performance and Events Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.
This event is part of The Department of Theatre's Dead Man Walking production and project. In addition to producing this powerful drama based on the memoir written by Sister Helen Prejean, the Theatre Department is also engaging a variety of groups across campus and in the community about the issues raised in the production.
Sister Helen herself sets the context for the discourse this way. "Dead Man Walking is a meditation on love, criminal violence, and capital punishment. In a larger sense, it is about life and death itself. Are we here to persecute our brothers or bring compassion into a world which is cruel without reason?"
The director of our production goes on to say: "This play encompasses a fundamental struggle of what it means to be alive in this world because the action of the play pits the core of our inhumanity - our ability to hate - against the core of our humanity - our ability to love."
For more information about the symposium, go to www.dmwplay.org.