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The 'Just Mercy' film was made available for free streaming in June 2020. The book on which the movie is based has been chosen as TWU's Book-in-Common for 2020-2022.

Book-in-Common activities set to begin

Activities get underway this week for TWU’s Book-In-Common program, a university-wide initiative developed to foster a learning environment focused on the success of students to live, work and lead in a diverse and complex world. The program promotes awareness and appreciation for the richness that is brought by embracing all forms of diversity and multicultural perspectives.

The university has adopted “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson as the 2020-2022 Book-in-Common, and the campus theme is “A Call to Action: Seeking Social Justice by Becoming Change Agents in Our Communities.”

The Pioneer Center for Student Excellence will host three virtual screenings of social justice related documentaries for the TWU Community to view together. All screenings are free of charge, but registration is required. A link to each screening will be sent via email after you submit your RSVP. Click on the movie title to register for the screening:

A live movie discussion will take place on the Pioneer Center’s Twitter (@TWUPioneerCtr) and Instagram (twupioneercenter) pages during each screening. Watch and engage with them on social media.

Virtual dialogues with TWU faculty, staff and students who engage in scholar-activism in their role at work and in their communities also are scheduled. They will share their definitions and experiences of scholar-activism, as well as key wisdom for how to get involved in work at the intersections of education, activism/advocacy and how to take care of ourselves in the process. Click on the links to register:


  • The Book-in-Common website includes information on “Just Mercy” and includes a TED Talk by attorney Bryan Stevenson. There also are two teaching guides on the website.
  • A TWU Library Guide includes resources that can be used to learn more about themes present within “Just Mercy” and the campus theme.
  • Book-in-Common hashtags #TWUCALLTOACTION and #TWUJUSTMERCY may be used this semester to engage with the TWU Community.