FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield University's Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship is set to deliver "The Long Fight For Freedom" with a member of the West Memphis Three on Monday.
The special program features Damien Echols, his wife, Lorri Davis and attorney and Fairfield University alumnus Stephen Braga at 8 p.m., at the Quick Center for the Arts. The event is co-sponsored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and Open VISIONS Forum.
The evening will be presented in a discussion format and participants include Ellen M. Umansky, the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Chair in Judaic Studies & Professor of Religious Studies, and Philip Eliasoph, moderator and professor of art history, according to the release. Moffly Media is the exclusive magazine sponsor for the 2013-14 Open VISIONS Forum series.
"The program consists of Damien Echols and Lorri Davis engaging in a five-person conversation with Mr. Braga, Dr. Umansky and Dr. Eliasoph, that will speak to such topics as spirituality, perseverance, and justice," representatives said in the release.
"After nearly 19 years in prison, Damien Echols, who was on death row, and Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., who were serving life sentences without the possibility of parole, left an Arkansas prison in August 2011 as free men," representatives said in the release. "(They) were known as the West Memphis Three, a trio of teenagers wrongfully convicted of killing three boys."
Braga, who graduated cum laude from Fairfield University in 1978, was the attorney involved in the case.
“It takes your heart and soul – a man’s life is hanging on your work - you have to be able to give everything to the case,” Braga said in the release. “But once I met Damien and felt very strongly that he was innocent, I became committed to help.”
Single tickets are $45. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office, 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-278-7396.
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