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Loyola University Chicago Welcomes Former M*A*S*H Star: Mike Farrell to Speak at Event
CHICAGO, January 31, 2005 Mike Farrell will be speaking to the Loyola University Chicago community on the subject of capital punishment as part of the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project 2004-05 on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 7:30 pm in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre, 1125 W. Loyola Avenue.
Best known as “BJ Hunnicutt” from M*A*S*H and most recently as veterinarian “Jim Hansen” in Providence, Mike Farrell is a political and social activist fighting against an increasing disregard for basic human rights. Being a life-long opponent of the death penalty, Farrell has debated and spoken about this issue on many occasions across the country. He has actively involved himself in overturning execution sentences in Texas, California, Florida, and Illinois among others and was the “opposing voice” in the sentencing of Timothy McVeigh and Ted Kaczynski. In 1996, he was awarded the Valentine Davies Award by the Writers Guild of America for his contributions to entertainment and the community that “has brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.” Currently co-chair of the California Human Rights Watch South, he also serves as chair of Death Penalty Focus of California, member of the Board of Directors of ‘The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty,’ and a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The lecture is Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 7:30 pm in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre. The admission is free but you must make reservations by calling the Box Office at 773.508.3847 or stopping by the office in the Centennial Forum during the hours of 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
This is one of many events included in Loyola’s year-long study and performance project on the issue of capital punishment as part of the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project 2004-2005. Oscar nominated Tim Robbins invited Loyola University Chicago’s theatre department to workshop the play version of his gut-wrenching movie, “Dead Man Walking.” Nearly 20 departments and several student organizations came together for a year-long contemplation on legal and moral questions surrounding the death penalty. Performances of Dead Man Walking will begin February 18, 2005, with guest appearance by Sister Helen Prejean, who authored the book Robbins’ film was based on, will also be signing copies of her new book, “Death of Innocents.” Performances will last through February 27. Please visit www.luc.edu/theatre/dmw for a complete listing of all the events and more information.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.