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Our 2016-2017 Book Selection: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Just Mercy book coverTo support the Diversity Steering Committee's 2016-2017 theme of Exploring Racial and Ethnic Diversity, the Common Read Ad Hoc Committee is pleased to announce its book selection for next year. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson is "at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice." (Penguin Random House) Just Mercy has garnered praise from Desmond Tutu, John Grisham, and Nikolas Kristoff, as well as earning many other accolades. It is a New York Times bestseller that is presently the common read at 19 colleges, universities, and high schools. 

Just Mercy Flyer (PDF)

The committee is planning roundtable discussions, film showings, the annual year-end symposium, and other events around Just Mercy for the 2016-2017 academic year. Faculty can learn how to implement Just Mercy into the classroom by participating in a Spring and/or Summer professional development workshop on Blackboard. 

Don't forget to visit the Cardinal Reads Corner in the Molstead Library!

Cardinal Reads Corner in the Molstead Library

About Cardinal Reads

The Common Read: Inquiry, Discussion and Curriculum Design

What is the common read? The common read is a popular program at 2 & 4 year colleges across the U.S. According to the National Association of Scholars (2013), the common reading program maintains the following three goals: “to build community engagement, to explore a theme that fits with the mission of the college, and to set academic expectations” (p.91). The common read creates a shared experience which engages faculty and students into discourse about the same topic. Presently, about 300 colleges have some form of a common reading program.

Cardinal Reads at North Idaho College

In an effort to support diversity awareness across campus and fulfill the college's mission, the Diversity Steering Committee has implemented a Common Read referred to as “Cardinal Reads." The purpose of Cardinal Reads is to create a shared experience by engaging students and faculty in discourse on a common topic. This common read is developed and organized by the Common Read Ad Hoc Committee (Cardinal Reads) and supports the common theme adopted every two years by the Diversity Steering Committee. The Diversity Steering committee selects a campus-wide diversity theme to encourage diversity awareness for the NIC community. This awareness is achieved through professional workshops, incorporation of diversity into curriculum, guest speakers, conference, etc.

If you would like more information about the common read, please contact the Common Read Ad Hoc Committee Chair Maureen Steinel, or Co-Chair Holly Edwards. Your time and help with this effort is appreciated.

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