VCU Common Book 2016-2017

Ongoing Events

Throughout the semester we will be hosting a StoryCorps-style oral history project inviting students, faculty, staff, or community members to tell stories, recall related experiences, and share their reactions to Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy or to the related events here on campus.  We will have staff on hand at Cabell Library ready to interview any interested participants. Recording will be available the following dates at the designated locations. Please email or if you are interested in scheduling an interview.

Friday, Mar 24th: 12pm-2pm [Cabell Library Workshop Recording Studio]

Thursday, Apr 13th: 11:30am-1:30pm [Location TBA]


Upcoming Events

March 28: Panel Discussion on the E. Marshall Street Well Project and documentary "Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies"

Time 5:30-7:30, Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium

In partnership with the School of Medicine’s I2CRP (International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship), the Common Book Program will present a panel discussion about the Medical College of Virginia’s past treatment of African-Americans at the hospital and in the community. This panel, moderated by Brian Palmer, will feature Ana Edwards, Christopher Rashad Greene, and Jodi Koste, discussing the history of the East Marshall Street Well Project and 

April 11-13: Pop-Up Exhibit of ART 180's "Performing Statistics"

Time: ALL DAY, Location: Cabell Library Atrium & Basement

Overlapping Bryan Stevenson's visit, the Common Book Program will bring a pop-up exhibit of ART 180's "Performing Statistics," which connects incarcerated teens with artists, designers, educators, and policy advocates, with the goal of transforming the juvenile justice system.


Wednesday, April 12, 6 pm: Bryan Stevenson at the Siegel Center

This event is free and open to the public. Please see information on prohibited items in the Siegel Center here.

Author of VCU's 2016-2017 Common Book, Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson will speak with VCU students, staff, and the greater Richmond community about his book and his ongoing work with the Equal Justice Initiative.

 (This flyer can be downloaded and distributed)

Bryan Stevenson is a civil rights lawyer and professor who has frequently and successfully argued in front of the United States Supreme Court and has received numerous awards, a few of which are the MacArthur Foundation’s Genius prize, the Olaf Palme Prize for International Human Rights, the National Medal of Liberty from the ACLU, the American Psychiatric Association’s Human Rights Award, the Alabama State Bar Commissioners Award, the Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress, and New York University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to and in conjunction with his legal work, Stevenson has proposed and spearheaded significant programs that seek to address and reform racial inequality, poverty, discrimination, and understanding of African-American history.