Oscar winner Tim Robbins has been hanging out in Chicago this week -- here to participate in a number of events at DePaul University with Sister Helen Prejean.
The actor and the nun have remained friends since they collaborated on the 1995 film, "Dead Man Walking," which was based on her book about counseling a man on death row, an experience that led Sister Helen to become one of the nation's leading activists fighting for the abolition of the death penalty. The film brought Academy Award nominations for Robbins' direction and actor Sean Penn's performance -- and the best actress Oscar for Susan Sarandon, Robbins' former longtime significant other.
Robbins and Sister Helen collaborated on a stage adaptation of her book and the actor attend a staged reading of the play at DePaul Monday night, joined by Sister Helen. Robbins did a Q&A session with the university's digital cinema students on Tuesday. That discussion can be accessed at www.ustream.tv/channel/test-depaul
Sister Helen donated her archives to DePaul two years ago, and returns for about one week each year for guest lectures and to work with law faculty and others on anti-death penalty and other social justice issues.
Tim Robbins & Sister Helen Prejean Reunite at DePaul
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