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. 

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.


Watch Now!

The movie, Just Mercy, is now available for free to USJ students, faculty, and staff to supplement your reading! 

Log into Blackboard for details.

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

The Common Read event series has concluded. 
First-year students who need to attend a Common Read event should contact Kaitlin Walsh for a recording of one of this year’s events.