Cuyahoga Community College's Common Reading Program
Presenting the Common Reading Text for Fall 2017: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
On behalf of the College-Wide Common Reading Committee, we’d like to announce the Fall 2017 common read book as Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson’s non-fiction account of working as legal counsel for the Equal Justice Initiative in the American South between the 1980’s and today is a powerful narrative that details the personal struggles of those wrongly imprisoned and otherwise victim to miscarriages of justice. As a New York Times bestseller, winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction, and a Books for a Better life Award, as well as an American Library Association Notable Book, this text encourages empathy and has the potential to engage our students in important discussions regarding race, social class, the judicial system, and human rights.
Campuses will be holding discussions and workshops for faculty and staff in Summer 2017 in preparation for teaching the book in the fall. Exam copies are available, and Tri-C library has copies available as well. If you plan to use the text in class or would like to know more, please contact your campus Common Reading leadership listed below for more information:
Metro: Rebecca Carte - firstname.lastname@example.org
Westshore: Theresa Gromek - email@example.com
Reviews of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Listen to the PBS News Hour Review: "Bryan Stevenson on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice"
Read The New York Times Magazine review of Just Mercy
Read reviews in: The Washington Post
What is Tri-C's Common Reading Program?
Tri-C's Common Reading Program builds community and fosters intellectual engagement by drawing faculty and students together in discussion of a common fiction or non-fiction text. The program also creates venues for interdisciplinary learning as students explore the common text through different lenses in various classes and events across the college community.
Unlike many colleges that only schedule programming for the text at the onset of the school year or in FYE courses, Tri-C provides exciting opportunities to engage with the text throughout the academic year. Please see the EVENTS tab for further information.
Click here for information about how the College-wide Common Reading Committee chooses the text, faculty and student resources, and event updates. We look forward to working with you and your students in the coming year!