February 18, 2018


The UM Common Reading Experience is pleased to announce the following community events to support the reading, study, and discussion of Just Mercy.

Bryan Stevenson – Convocation Guest Speaker | Tuesday, August 22, 7:00 p.m. | Pavilion 
Friends, family, and the community are invited to join us for Fall Convocation to meet this year’s honored guest, Brian Stevenson, author of the 2017 UM Common Reading Experience text, Just Mercy. Mr. Stevenson is the award-winning executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. Bring your copy of Just Mercy to be signed after the ceremony.

Recollections and Reflections: Celebrating Fifty Years of Diversity | August 24-26, 2017 |  ​UM School of Law
Register for the conference: https://law.olemiss.edu/diversity-registration/
We invite all of our graduates as well as the UM Community to participate in recognizing the sacrifices, strength, and determination of our pioneer graduates in breaking the color line at the Law School.

Crimes of the Heart (1986) | Saturday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Locals Bar and Grill
Enjoy a film screening with the Oxford Film Festival and Sarah Isom Center. Southern Gothic Tragedy and Family. Plot Summary: Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it in Hollywood as a singer/actress, has had a wild life filled with many men. Their reunion causes much joy, but also many tensions.

George C. Cochran Innocence Project and the Wrongfully Accused in Mississippi | Wednesday, September 27, 400 p.m. | UM School of Law Room 1078
Learn more about this important movement across the nation and here in Mississippi with George C. Cochran Innocence Project Director and UM Assistant Professor of Law, Tucker Carrington. Professor Carrington is the founding director of the Mississippi Innocence Project (MIP) and Clinic at the University of Mississippi School of Law. MIP’s mission is to identify, investigate and litigate actual claims of innocence by Mississippi prisoners, as well as advocate for systemic criminal justice reform. To that end, MIP drafted and helped to pass into law the State’s first-ever DNA preservation and post-conviction testing statute, as well as the State’s first compensation legislation to aid those who have been wrongfully convicted.

Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture | Wednesday, October 11, 12:45 p.m.  | UM Law School
Judge Robert Wilkins (currently a judge on the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit) was instrumental in forming and then chairing the committee that built the new Museum of African American History on the DC Mall. He’s written a book — Long Road to Hard Truth — that tells the story.

Mississippi History & Civil Rights | Thursday, October 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | J.D. Williams Library Faulkner Room (3rd floor)  
Bring your lunch and learn more about the highly anticipated new museums opening this December in Jackson, Mississippi. Director for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Pamela Junior, will discuss the significance of this museum as well as the new Mississippi History Museum through sharing her experiences helping Mississippians tell their civil rights stories through the work of preservation. This has been a year of celebrating Mississippi’s 200th year as a state and a time for reflecting on what we have overcome, as well as the work still to be done, especially for justice and equality.

Are You Ready? Dialogue Series: Let’s Start the Conversation | Wednesday, November 1, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | J.D. Williams Library Room 106D
Join us for coffee and conversation with Dr. Katrina Caldwell, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement, as we explore the theme of connectedness within Just Mercy.

A Panel Discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption | Monday, November 6, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Overby Center Auditorium
The University of Mississippi presents a panel on the bestselling novel, Just Mercy. Distinguished professors, criminal justice professionals, along with a formerly incarcerated man who was paroled due to author Bryan Stevenson’s dedication to reforming the criminal justice and prison systems will discuss and debate the chronicles of mass incarceration, punishments for juvenile offenders, and establishing relationships with incarcerated persons. Additionally, twelve restorative justice inmates at Marshall County Correctional Facility completed a book study surrounding Just Mercy, and they will be speaking during the panel via Skype to present their thoughts and connection with the novel.

Common Reading Panel – Civil Discourse on Topics from the Book | Tuesday, November 7, 4:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. | Tupelo Room, Barnard Observatory
Two representatives from the College Democrats and the College Republicans will lead an open and civil debate issues raised in Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy. Join us for this important discussion.

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America | Tuesday, November 14 | Overby Center
Professor Forman teaches at Yale Law School and most recently is the author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, which has received terrific reviews in the New York Times, Washington Post and National Public Radio, among others.