A Call to Action: Seeking social justice by becoming change agents in our communities.
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.
Campus theme: A Call to Action: Seeking Social Justice by Becoming Change Agents in Our Communities
Prompt: With the campus theme in mind, what calls you to act? How are you an agent of change in your community and/or the world? Please respond to the following prompt with an essay of no more than 1000 words.
Essays are due no later than Friday, March 5, 2021.
Winners will be notified via email no later than Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
First and second place prizes will be awarded in the following categories: undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty, and staff. Winners will receive the following:
To enter the essay contest, complete the form and upload your essay using the appropriate submission link below:
If you have questions, please email Dr. Lindsay at email@example.com
Join us on Twitter for live tweets of our Book in Common events and use the #TWUCallToAction to discuss becoming a force for change with us.
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.
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.
Follow along with TWU's Book in Common in your classroom with these guides:
Dr. Theresa Lindsay
Director, Learning Success Programs
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence
For additional faculty resources:
Dr. Jörg Waltje
Executive Director, Center for Faculty Excellence