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Auburn University has selected “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” for its 2016-2017 Auburn Connects! Common Book program.

In his memoir, attorney Bryan Stevenson reveals many of his experiences as an attorney defending those on death row. “From one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time comes an unforgettable true story about the redeeming potential of mercy. Bryan Stevenson was a gifted young attorney when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man sentenced to die for a notorious murder he didn’t commit. The case drew Stevenson into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.” (Spiegel & Grau)

Stevenson will be on the Auburn campus the evening of Aug. 30 to give a public lecture in the Student Center Ballroom. His lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.

Members of the Common Book committee have assembled study guides for faculty members considering adopting the book into their Fall Semester courses. An information session will be held for those interested in March 2016. In addition, the Biggio Center will be offering a workshop in the spring for faculty to develop course materials and teaching skills around the themes of “Just Mercy.”

The Auburn Connects! Common Book Program is an initiative of the Office of Undergraduate Studies. By creating a shared reading experience for students, faculty, staff and the wider Auburn community, Auburn Connects! seeks to provide insight into the human condition while developing lifelong habits of intellectual curiosity and engagement.

For more information about Auburn Connects! Common Book Program, go to this website. Direct all questions about this year’s Common Book to AUCommonBook@auburn.edu and follow the Common Book program on Instagram and Twitter at @AUCommonBook.