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Jun 3, 2016

2016-2017 VCU Common Book Announced


Author: Office of the Provost

The Common Book Committee, University College and the Office of the Provost announce the selection of "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption," by Bryan Stevenson, as the 2016-2017 VCU Common Book. The Common Book supports first-year students’ immersion into the intellectual and cultural life of VCU.

About the book

"Just Mercy" is "a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time." The book offers a window into a young, idealistic lawyer's experience and seeks to inspire compassion in the pursuit of justice. Read more here.

Get involved

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to lead one-hour discussions with incoming first-year students from Aug. 20-28. To facilitate or co-facilitate a discussion, use the contact information below. For more information or to volunteer, please email

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