The shared common reader is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation with your fellow students and to begin to share in the intellectual life of the entire UD community. The book is read before arriving on campus with speakers, films, and other cultural events, organized around the theme of the book throughout your first semester.

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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

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Posted on 08/03/2015

2015 Common Reader Essay Contest

Bryan Stevenson’s book challenges us to consider what justice truly is.

In your essay, detail how Stevenson’s book has helped to shape your own view of justice and what you and your UD peers can do to uphold and protect that view. Be sure to use textual evidence from the book to bolster your thinking.

Posted on 06/10/2015
Bryan Stevenson, author of the 2015 First Year Common Reader "Just Mercy," will visit the University of Delaware campus on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Further details of this event will be forthcoming.
Posted on 04/21/2015
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, a book by Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative, has been selected for the University of Delaware’s 2015 First Year Common Reader program. Through the program, selected works are read by UD first year students before arriving on campus for the fall semester in conjunction with other events. Published by Spiegel and Grau, Stevenson’s book is a powerful true story about the potential for mercy as redemption and a clarion call to fix a broken system of justice.

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