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The Spring 2018 Common Reading Selection: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Please join us in a Dickinson community discussion of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

Monday, January 22 at 4:30 pm
The Waidner-Spahr Library

This event is open to all members of the Dickinson College community. Light refreshments will be served.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

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 justice.

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Borrow Just Mercy From Waidner-Spahr Library

Copies on Reserve may be checked out for two weeks.

Buy Just Mercy

Whistlestop BookshopJust Mercy is available for purchase from Whistlestop Bookshop, which is owned by Dickinson alumnus Jeff Wood. 

Just Mercy is also available at the Dickinson College Bookstore.

About the Spring into the Semester Common Reading Program

The common reading program is designed to provide shared intellectual experiences, build community, and encourage dialogue and discussion on a timely issue. This is an opportunity for the Dickinson community to come together at the beginning of the spring semester, when there are few broad community-centered programs already scheduled. It will also allow students who were abroad in the fall semester to connect with the broader community as part of their reintegration into campus life.

Just Mercy was selected after a nomination process during Fall 2017 that asked members of the Dickinson community to suggest books that are well written, accessible, and on a timely topic; likely to catalyze interesting discussion; and relevant in some way to students' lives, education, and experiences. 

There were 18 nominations made by students, faculty, and staff.  The final selection was made by a committee representing Student Senate, Academic Affairs, Student Life, and the Waidner-Spahr Library.

Free copies of the book were provided to 30 Dickinson community members who committed to attending the event.

This event is sponsored by the Dickinson College Division of Academic Affairs, Division of Student Life, and the Waidner-Spahr Library.

For more information, contact Donna Bickford ( or Jessica Howard (