Upcoming Common Book Programming:
Welcome Week Discussion Groups: During VCU’s Welcome Week, incoming students participate in one-hour small group discussions of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy. (Monday 8/22 – Wednesday 8/24).
Just Mercy in the Richmond City Justice Center: The Richmond City Justice Center, in partnership with Open Minds and ASPiRE, will host reading groups comprised of VCU enrolled students and Justice Center residents. Participation is currently open only to Open Minds and ASPiRE enrolled students and residents of the Justice Center.
What is the New Common Book Program?
The new “Common Book Program” is a University College initiative that contributes to the first-year experiences of entering VCU students. Building upon the nationally recognized Summer Reading program, the new initiative expands the previous program into a year-long, university-wide, “VCU Reads” Common Book initiative. In broadening the scope of the Common Book experience, the program focuses on encouraging and supporting first-year students’ immersion into the intellectual and cultural life of VCU. As it aligns more intentionally with the integrative learning central to student success, the Common Book selection and programming are part of the Focused Inquiry Core curriculum. We look forward to increasing campus-wide engagement across the disciplines with each year’s common reading.
We will be providing more updates in the near future so please check back frequently!