The Book-in-Common Committee and the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence has announced "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson as the university common read for the 2020-2022 academic years. This book was selected after a university survey and a committee of students, staff and faculty recommended the book to Provost Carolyn Kapinus.
Bryan Stevenson focuses his book on his experiences as a civil rights attorney. As the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, Stevenson has spent his career fighting to ensure that everyone has access to equal justice under the law. This book details his work advocating for those who had been wrongly convicted, children sentenced to death, children sent to adult prisons and those unfairly sentenced.
Additionally, the Book-in-Common Committee has adopted a theme to coincide with the book that can be used throughout the university to engage students. The theme selected by the committee is: A Call to Action: Seeking Social Justice by Becoming Change Agents in Our Communities.
During this academic year, all departments, faculty, and staff are encouraged to engage with this university-wide initiative by exploring innovative ways to incorporate the campus theme and text into courses and programs provided to students.
Please indicate whether you plan to adopt the book/utilize the theme for a course, or plan to infuse the book/theme into an event. Your event will be posted on the Book-in-Common website. Additionally, please consider posting your events/activities in Pioneers Engage and be sure to include the Book-in-Common event category, which will help students locate Book-in-Common events.