Common Read 2020

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You are invited to join the USJ community for the 2020 Common Read, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

According to the publisher Random House, “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.”

First year students all received a copy of the book this summer, either at the Welcome Parade or via mail.  Please contact Melanie Sinche if you did not receive your book.

Faculty, staff and alumni can purchase a copy of the book here.  The Pope Pius XII Library has several copies available for loan, either in print or as an E-Book. 

The Pope Pius XII Library has created a resource guide to the Common Read.  It includes links to books, articles, podcasts and other resources related to the themes of the book.

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Upcoming Events for the USJ Community (not open to the public)

Justice Reform: Conversations between university students and inmates at the Oregon State Penitentiary

Wednesday, October 7, 3-4 p.m.

For the safety of the individuals involved and to inspire open and candid conversations, USJ will not be recording or sharing this session and we request the same from participants. Thank you.

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Join Dr. Pablo Correa, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, for a discussion of his documentary project with the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Just Mercy:  Conversations with Three Criminal Justice Professionals

Thursday, October 8, 3-4 p.m.

For the safety of the individuals involved and to inspire open and candid conversations, USJ will not be recording or sharing this session and we request the same from participants. Thank you.

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For this faculty and staff spotlight, three USJ faculty and staff will reflect on the stories in Just Mercy based on their experience as criminal justice professionals:

  • Professor Brian Enns, Assistant Professor of Criminal and Restorative Justice
  • Derrick McBride, Director of Public Safety
  • Javier Rosario, Assistant Director of Public Safety