Bryan Stevenson, the author of “Just Mercy“, the SJSU Campus Reading book selection for 2016-17, will be speaking on campus Friday, Feb. 24, at noon, at the Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio. Find more information and get free tickets online – students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.
Mercy’s book chronicles his years in law school and as a practicing attorney in the South when he worked to defend death row inmates. The book is marked by his personal reflections and descriptions of the people he defended. The book tackles issues of race, poverty and social justice in the United States. The event is sponsored by the Campus Reading Program, Campus Life, the Office of Diversity, the Office of the Provost, the NAACP, the Center for Literary Arts and Silicon Valley Reads
Other upcoming events related to the Campus Reading Program this spring include:
- DEFAMATION – LIVE COURTROOM DRAMA!
Thursday, Feb. 23, at4:30 p.m.
Student Union Theatre
We are proud to be co-sponsoring this event with our friends at MOSAIC and Justice Studies. Attend an interactive theatrical drama that explores race and class inequities and injustices in the American judicial system. DEFAMATION will be performed at the Student Union Theater. (Then, two days later, come hear Bryan Stevenson address these topics in person at the Hammer Theatre!)
- A TALK with SHAKA SENGHOR, AUTHOR of “WRITING MY WRONGS”
Thursday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225
In collaboration with our partner Silicon Valley Reads, we invite you to a talk by an author on a related subject-one man’s struggle while caught up in America’s mass incarceration epidemic. Shaka Senghor, author of “Writing My Wrongs”, will appear at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Thursday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m. in MLK 225.
- “A REACTION to BRYAN STEVENSON’S JUST MERCY”
Tuesday, April 18, at 4 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library Room 225
Khalid White from the African American Studies Department will give a presentation, “A Reaction to Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.