Panel Discussion: The Arts, Social Change and Human Rights

A New WorldReserve your seat for Thursday's panel discussion about how art impacts and often leads the way to social changes. There is no charge to attend but reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. A reception will follow.

The evening will also feature discussion about the upcoming operas, Dead Man Walking (Fort Worth Opera, May 2009) and Moby Dick (world premiere, Dallas Opera, 2010) and music from Dead Man Walking and other Heggie/Prejean collaborations.

The panel includes:

  • Sister Helen Prejean, anti-death penalty activist and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States
  • Jake Heggie, composer, Dead Man Walking and Moby Dick
  • Jonathan Pell, Director of Artistic Administration, Dallas Opera
  • Darren K. Woods, General Director, Fort Worth Opera
  • Moderated by: Rick Halperin, Director of the SMU Human Rights Education Program, Board member of Amnesty International USA

Date/Time: April 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm, reception following
Location: SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theatre; 3140 Dyer Street Dallas, TX 75275
Reservations: For reservations, call 214.443.1044, or email

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