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2016 First-Year Reading Speaker: Bryan Stevenson

Thursday, 01 December, 2016

Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, will visit Saint Louis University, to speak on "American Justice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference." His presentation will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Center for Global Citizenship (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).

The event is open to the SLU community, and attendees are invited to bring their copy of Just Mercy for a book-signing following the talk. Copies of Just Mercy will also be available for purchase at the event.

Find more information about the speaker. (Photo by Nina Subin)
As part of the First-Year Reading Program, freshman and transfer students were asked to share their own stories of mercy, forgiveness and redemption. Students were provided freedom to be as creative as they wished and were invited to share their personal reflections via any medium that best captured the impact of the first year reading selection, Just Mercy.

The winner of the Just Mercy multimedia contest is Mirna Lopez, a freshman student from Dallas, Texas, majoring in studio art and psychology. Mirna submitted an original drawing titled “Forgive, Forget, and Show Mercy,” which captured her own experiences of the building strength through forgiveness.

Mirna will receive free textbook rentals for spring 2017 classes and the opportunity to dine with Bryan Stevenson on Dec. 1.  


About the First-Year Reading Program:
The First Year Reading program seeks to utilize a culturally relevant book that connects incoming students with the four cornerstones of faith and justice:

  • Reflection on faith
  • Service to others
  • Solidarity with community
  • Justice for all

Students receive the book during the SLU 101 summer orientation and participate in small group conversations as part of Fall Welcome and University 101 course.

For questions on how to get involved, contact: Kelly Herbolich, program director of academic support, at