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2020-21 Book in Common selection

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

A Call to Action: Seeking social justice by becoming change agents in our communities.

A book cover of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

About "Just Mercy"

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.

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Answering the Call Podcast: Exploring Scholar Activism at TWU (and Beyond)

Answering the Call sits down for virtual dialogues with TWU faculty, staff, and students who engage in scholar-activism at work and in their communities. We’ll learn about their definitions and experiences of scholar-activism, as well as gather key wisdom for how to get involved in work at the intersections of education and activism/advocacy. Oh, and we'll chat about how to take care of ourselves in the process.

About Book in Common

The Book-in-Common program is a university-wide initiative developed to foster a learning environment focused on the success of students to live, work and lead in a diverse and complex world.

Book-in-Common promotes an awareness and appreciation for the richness that is brought by embracing all forms of diversity and multicultural perspectives. In addition, it supports University initiatives such as curricular and co-curricular efforts in Global Connections, Wellness Connections, and Business Connections.

Common Reading Programs

  • Intellectually engage students on a variety of social issues and diverse perspectives related to values and ethics
  • Foster a sense of intellectual community throughout the university
  • Engage students in interdisciplinary dialogue outside of the classroom
  • Provide opportunities for increased interaction among students, faculty, staff and alumni

Teaching Resources

Follow along with TWU's Book in Common in your classroom with these guides:

Past TWU Book in Common Books

  • 2018 - 2020: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • 2016 – 2018: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  • 2014 – 2016: This I Believe II by Jay Allison

Contact Us

Dr. Theresa Lindsay
Director, Learning Success Programs
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence
BHL 226
(940) 898-4113

For additional faculty resources:

Dr. Jörg Waltje
Executive Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
SH 302
(940) 898-3426