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Pirate Read 2016-2017: Just Mercy: On-Campus Events

Book Signing

The author will sign books and pose for pictures with students, faculty, staff, and community members following his presentation. 

Who: Everyone
Date: November 10, 2016
Time: 8:30 - 9:00 PM
Location: Hendrix Theatre Lobby

Discussion Session

The author will meet with an invitation-only group of students for a question and answer session while on-campus.

Who: Invited Students
DateNovember 10, 2016

Book Discussion

Dr. Kennetta Perry of History will lead a discussion of the 2015 book "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The book is an open letter to the author's teenage son about life as an African American in America. 

Who: Everyone
Date: Tuesdays, November 15 and 29, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: Ledonia Wright Cultural Center

Author Lecture

Bryan Stevenson will visit ECU to speak about his book, Just Mercy, issues related to it, and his career. Please make plans to attend this inspiring lecture.

Who: Open to entire ECU and Greenville Communities 

Date: November 10, 2016

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center 


Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY)).

Community members interested in attending may visit ECU Parking & Transportation for details about visitor parking.

Creative Writing

Multiple classes in the fall semester will be participating in a creative writing project on themes raised by Just Mercy. A reception with awards presented will be held in Spring 2017. Check back soon for further details. 

Pirate Read Reflections

The Center for Counseling & Student Development will lead a session of reflection on 2/28/17 on the personal themes covered by Just Mercy. Check back here later for location and time details.

Picture Me Reading Day

Staff from the Office of Student Transitions will be walking around campus on Thursday, October 20, 2016, handing out free t-shirts to students who are reading Just Mercy. Staff will be in the following locations.

11:00-12:00     Wright Plaza and dining room

12:00-1:00      West End Dining

1:00-2:00        Mendenhall Student Center

3:00-3:30        Outside Joyner Library

3:30-4:00        Cupola

4:00-4:30        Bate Building

Ledonia Wright Cultural Center Speaker

ECU's Ledonia Wright Cultural Center is having author, activist, and scholar Angela Davis speak during its 40th Anniversary Celebration. Dr. Davis is an outspoken critic of the prison industrial complex and racial, gender, and economic injustice. 

Who: Everyone
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Wright Auditorium

Movie Screening & Discussion

Some themes discussed in Just Mercy were also discussed in the classic Pulitzer Price winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The award winning 1962 movie adaptation will be screened on campus. A discussion will follow. 

Who: Everyone
Date: 2/8/17
Time: 5:00-7:30
Location: Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall

Documentary Viewing, Discussion, & Reception

The documentary Raising Bertie about three youth in Bertie County, NC, will be shown with a question and answer period with the director and producer. A reception will follow. 
Who: Everyone
Date: mid-March, please check back later for details
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Panel Discussion

An interdisciplinary faculty panel on sentencing minors to life in prison is planned. 

Who: Everyone
Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Location: Bate 1031

Faculty Book Club

Faculty are invited to join the Office of Faculty Excellence in its Fall Book Club's reading of Just Mercy. Discussions will be led by Dr. Heidi Bonner of Criminal Justice, Dean William Downs of Political Science, and Dr. Chris Oakley of History. 

Who: Faculty
Dates: September 23, October 7, and October 28, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: 1008 Joyner Library