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The Faculty Commons Book Club is excited to announce the summer selections and invites you to join in our discussion.
See links below to RSVP.

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect us and What we can Do by Claude Steele

image001Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities. –Amazon Review

When: Wednesday, July 29, 12:30PM
(Bring a brown bag lunch; drinks and dessert provided)
Where: Faculty Commons, 116 Pearson Hall
RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/53fF4gi1GS

 

2015 First Year Common Reader

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

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A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.


Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. –Random House

When: Friday, August 21, 12:30PM
(Bring a brown bag lunch; drinks and dessert provided)
Where: Faculty Commons, 116 Pearson Hall
RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/53fF4gi1GS

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