”Just Mercy” is 2015-16 Common Reading
A call to action
On Dec. 1, 2015, Just Mercy author Bryan Stevenson delivered the ninth annual Common Reading Invited Lecture at Washington State. He brought his life’s work of seeking social justice and combating racism to life by recounting his experiences as an attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. He provided a framework from which listeners in the record-breaking audience could become active in addressing issues that are important to each of them.
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Stevenson spoke to an audience of more than 2,500 students, faculty, staff, and community members at WSU Beasley Coliseum.
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Following a Q&A session, Stevenson signed copies of his book and spoke with enthusiastic students for more than an hour.
WSU community can view lecture
Thanks to taping by the Global Campus, students and others with a WSU network ID and password can access Stevenson’s lecture online. It will be accessible into spring semester 2016.
The WSU Common Reading Program is grateful for the co-sponsors who helped make the evening a success: the WSU Global Campus; the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs; the Dept. of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies (CCGRS); the Pre-Law Resource Center; the Women’s Resource Center; Associated Students of WSU (ASWSU); and Tri-State Outfitters (Moscow).
What is a Common Reading?
Topics from a single, carefully selected book for students are featured in mainly first-year classes but also in other classes in disciplines across the university, and in special events and presentations. Having a shared source for such topics provides a common ground for students and their professors, as well as stimulates discussions and learning. The same topics also lend themselves to presentations in a lecture series presented by faculty and other experts, and to discussions among students, faculty, and the community within and beyond classrooms.
A robust and fun Common Reading Tuesdays guest expert lecture/film/event series brings diverse and comprehensive book topics to life in terms of university research and real-life applications. Many students earn extra credit points for attending. Some of their comments include:
- “I found this event interesting.”
- “I’m interested to learn more about this (topic).”
- “This event furthered my understanding of an issue of the book.”