Get the book, read the book, donate the book

Book cover of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan StevensonNIU faculty, administrators, staff, returning students and community members are encouraged to “Get the Book, Read the Book and Donate the Book” as a part of the Common Reading Experience (CRE) this fall.

The book, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” discusses author Bryan Stevenson’s work as a young lawyer fighting against poverty and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

After meeting with death row inmates and children with life sentences, Stevenson founded and became executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization dedicated to defending persons who have been wrongly convicted based on low socioeconomic status and/or racial discrimination.

The book is used by first-year students in UNIV 101 (University Experience) and 201 (Transfer Experience) courses. Several faculty in other disciplines, such as English, communication, business, sociology and other areas have adopted the text as a part of their course required readings as well.

Because of rising book costs, the CRE planning committee urges you to consider purchasing the book, reading the book and donating the book to a first-year student with significant financial need. Donating the book is as simple as sending it through Campus Mail or bringing it to First- and Second-Year Experience in Room 100 of Altgeld Hall.

The book can be purchased at the University Bookstore and at popular booksellers or online (both used and new copies). Along with your book donation, you are encouraged to include an inspiring note for a first-year student as a way of welcoming new students to the university.

In addition to classroom use, a full schedule of activities is being developed for the 2016-2017 academic year, including Stevenson’s visit to campus Monday, Oct. 24. A public presentation with a book signing afterward is planned to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center.

Contact First- and Second-Year Experience at (815) 753-0028 or fsye@niu.edu with questions, ideas and comments regarding NIU’s CRE.

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