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Author Bryan Stevenson coming to NIU on Oct. 24

October 21, 2016

just-mercy-portraitStudents, staff, family, friends and community members are invited to attend Bryan Stevenson’s open presentation, “American Injustice, Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference,” on Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., in the Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium.

Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will visit NIU for an evening designed to engage students, faculty and staff, as well as the greater community, in discussion around the topics of injustice, humanity and mercy.

NIU Naperville, NIU Rockford and the DeKalb Public Library are hosting additional live satellite viewing locations to take place at the same time. These sites will allow for participation in the question and answer session following Stevenson’s presentation. For additional viewing information, visit

This event is free and open to the public.

Stevenson’s visit is part of the 2016-2017 Common Reading Experience which centers around his book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The book examines themes related to injustice in the areas of race and poverty, children in prison, mass incarceration and the death penalty.

This event, sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the College of Law and First- and Second-Year Experience, is one of two other Diversity Dialogue events this fall.

For more information about this and other Common Reading Experience events, please visit or contact First- and Second-Year Experience by email [email protected] or phone 815-753-0028.