Common Read

Join other ACPA17 participants in the 2017 Common Read!

The ACPA17 Common Read experience provides an opportunity to begin tojust-mercy-cover engage with the convention experience prior to actually arriving in Columbus. The Common Read Program is offered in partnership with the Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and the First-Year Experience, the Commission for Social Justice Educators, and the Commission on Student Involvement (CSI).

This year’s Common Read book is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, which chronicles Bryan’s experience as a young lawyer and details his journey as a social justice advocate within the United States legal system. Stevenson’s work is powerful and important given the global events impacting our campuses and world throughout the past year.

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

ACPA members are encouraged to review the book prior to attending ACPA17.  A formal discussion session will be held Monday, 27 March at 11am during the convention, as well online collaborations via social media on Twitter and Facebook. Post your feedback and impressions at #ACPACommonRead.