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Dead Man Walking

Eugene Opera proudly presents the Pacific Northwest premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, The cast for this “masterpiece of music, words, and emotion” is headed by international artist Janis Kelly, acclaimed as Pat Nixon in the Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Nixon in China, and Michael Mayes. The opera is a centerpiece of a month-long program of city-wide events – Prisons, Compassion, and Peace.

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Meet the creators of Dead Man Walking

Meet Sister Helen Prejean and composer Jake Heggie as they discuss how they view the work in the intimate setting of Studio One at the Hult, Friday, March 15, 2013 5:30 pm

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Other Dead Man Walking events

Prisons, Compassion, and Peace encompasses city-wide events, featuring Prisons and Peace, a UNESCO – University of Oregon international conference; Eugene Opera’s Northwest premiere of the opera Dead Man Walking; Eugene Public Library’s Community Read of Sister Helen Prejean’s classic, Dead Man Walking; and the 40th Anniversary celebration of Sponsors, Inc. The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art provide exhibits. Author Sr. Helen Prejean and composer Jake Heggie will participate. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

Lecture Series
JAN 17, 31; FEB 14, 28, 2013
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SCHOOL OF LAW

4 – 5:30 PM
• Buddhism and the Death Penalty (Jan 17):
Randi Getsushin Brox of the Portland-based Dharma Rain Zen Center prison volunteer program and UO French Professor.
• Judaism and the Death Penalty (Jan 31):
Rabbi Maurice Harris, former junior Rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene and UO and LCC Instructor.
• Christianity and the Death Penalty (Feb 14):
Dan Bryant, Pastor, First Christian Church, Eugene.
• Interreligious Perspectives on the Death Penalty: Panel Discussion (Feb 28): led by UO Religious Studies instructor and Gandhi scholar Veena Howard; includes Islam and Hinduism.

Exhibit: “Visions from Within”
FEB 1 – March 30, 2013
DOWNTOWN INITIATIVE FOR VISUAL ARTS
and EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Personal insight and the creative process: Juried exhibition created by current and former prisoners and organized by Sponsors, Inc.
Opening reception at DIVA, Friday, Feb 1, 5:30-8 PM.
First Friday ArtWalk, Friday, March 1.

Community Read Opening Event:
FEB 23, 2013, EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY: 3 PM

Dead Man Walking by Sr. Helen Prejean
Welcome by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, Eugene Public Library Director Connie Bennett, and Sponsors, Inc. Executive Director Paul Solomon. Keynote by UO Prof. Steven Shankman, UNESCO Chair for Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace; and Dr. Mark Beudert, General Director of Eugene Opera. Poetry by prisoners, organized by Sponsors, Inc.

Performance: “SHO-case: Dead Man Walking”
FEB 28, 2013, HULT CENTER LOBBY, 11:15 AM

The producers and cast of the opera, starring Metropolitan Opera soprano Janis Kelly, discuss the design of the production and perform excerpts.

Prisons, Compassion, and Peace
March 1, 2013, THE CITY CLUB OF EUGENE, 11:50 AM

The link between art and public policy will be discussed by Prof. Steven Shankman, UNESCO Chair for Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace; Rev. Tom English, Sponsors, Inc. Board Chair and prison chaplain; Connie Bennett, Eugene Public Library Director; and Eugene Opera General Director Mark Beudert.

Exhibit: “The Last Supper”
March 1 – APR 7, 2013
JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM OF ART

Painted porcelain plates by Prof. Julie Green (OSU) illustrate final meal requests of death row inmates. Artist’s talk on Wed. March 6, 5:30 PM. http://www.greenjulie.com

Dead Man Walking, the film
March 2, 2013
EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 3 PM

Starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn: showing, commentary, and discussion starring UO Prof. Randall McGowen.

Film: "Unlikely Friends"
MARCH 5, 2013, EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 6 PM

A discussion this documentary will be led by Trish DeJohn of Sponsors, Inc. This film tells the stories of victims of brutal crimes who, through forgiveness, unexpectedly befriend their perpetrators; and explores new possibilities for transforming the prison system. Narrated by acclaimed actor Mike Farrell, the film was created by award winner Leslie Neale.

Dead Man Walking, the opera
MARCH 9, 2013
EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 3 PM

Eugene Opera Director Mark Beudert and Music Director Andrew Bisantz present design images and musical themes. Principal singers provide an introduction to the opera.

Open House to celebrate Sponsors, Inc. 40th anniversary
March 11, 2013, SPONSORS, INC.
338 HWY 99 NORTH, 1 - 4 PM

Sponsors staff will provide an overview of prisoner reentry services at their award winning facility.

Seminar and master class with Dead Man Walking opera composer Jake Heggie
March 13 and 14, 2013,
SCHOOL OF MUSIC and DANCE, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, noon – 2 PM

On March 13, the composer talks with UO student composers to offer feedback. On March 14, the composer reflects on the music of the opera.

Unesco/UO Conference On Prisons and Peace: Opening and Keynote
March 14, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SCHOOL OF LAW, 4 – 5:30

Welcome by UNESCO Chair Prof. Steven Shankman, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Scott Coltrane, and Sr. Helen Prejean. Keynote by Lisa Guenther, Prof. of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University: “Solitary Confinement: A Living Death Sentence.” Reception follows.

Unesco/UO Conference On Prisons and Peace: Panel Colloquium
March 15, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SCHOOL OF LAW, 9 – 10:30 AM

International Perspectives on the death penalty
with international UNESCO Chairs, Pascale Boucaud (Lyon, France) and Dimitri Spivak (St. Petersburg, Russia).

Unesco/UO Conference On Prisons and Peace: “On the Inside Looking Out”
March 15, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SCHOOL OF LAW, 10:45 - 11 AM

Showing of award-winning documentary about UO’s Prison Exchange Program.

Unesco/UO Conference On Prisons and Peace: Address by Colette Peters
March 15, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SCHOOL OF LAW, 11 AM - noon

Address by Colette Peters, Director, Oregon Department of Corrections. Discussion led by Prof. Shankman and Sr. Helen Prejean.

Unesco/UO Conference On Prisons and Peace: From Book to Libretto
March 15, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SCHOOL OF LAW, 2 – 3:30 PM

Author Sr. Helen Prejean, composer Jake Heggie, and the Eugene Opera artistic team discuss the transition of Sr. Prejean’s life story to art and the role of art in public policy.

“Meet-and-Greet” with Dead Man Walking composer Jake Heggie and author Sister Helen Prejean
MARCH 15, 2013,
HULT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, STUDIO ONE, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

How they view the work – a brief discussion in the intimate setting of Studio One at the Hult. Fundraiser for Eugene Opera. For tickets ($25), call Hult Center ticket office, 541- 682-5000.

Sister Helen Prejean speaks
MARCH 16, 2013,
EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2 PM

Talk, discussion, and book signing by Sr. Helen Prejean.

Gala dinner and fundraiser: Sponsors, Inc. 40th Anniversary Celebration with Sister Helen Prejean
MARCH 16, 2013,
FORD ALUMNI CENTER AT UO, 6 - 9 PM

Sister Helen is keynote speaker. This gala event honors Sponsors’ 40 years of prisoner reentry services in Lane County. For tickets ($100), visit www.sponsorsinc.org or call 541-485-8341.

Readings: Prison-related Poetry and Prose
MARCH 19, 2013,
EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 5:30 PM

The Windfall Reading Series of the Library presents this program of readings, organized by Lane Literary Guild and Sponsors, Inc.

NEW! Talk: "Beyond Bars: Reenvisioning the Prison System"
MARCH 30, 2013,
EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY: 2 PM

After a brief multimedia history of prisons and alternative justice systems, Walidah Imarisha, author and adjunct professor in Portland State University’s department of Black studies, will lead a conversation about alternatives to incarceration.


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