Hey Wildcats! Don’t forget to pick up your copy of this year’s One Book selection, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, before author Bryan Stevenson visits campus on September 14! Copies of Just Mercy are available to borrow with a valid Wildcard at Falvey Memorial Library. Or, you could choose to support the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) by purchasing a copy of Just Mercy via Amazon Smile:
Want more One Book? Save the date for these upcoming ACS approved events co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, Center for Peace and Justice Education, Office for Mission and Ministry, Office of Alumni Relations, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Student Life, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. View additional One Book events and resources here.
Film Screening of 13th
Wednesday, September 12 at 3:30 pm, Villanova Room, Connelly Center
This 2016 documentary by Ava DuVernay offers an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals our nation’s history of racial inequality. The faculty discussant is Prof. Maghan Keita (History Department and Africana Studies Program).
One Book Villanova: Author’s Visit
Friday, September 14 at 4:00 pm in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center
Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Director of Equal Justice Initiative will visit campus to speak about his book, Just Mercy, the 2018 One Book for Villanova. The event will be simulcast in several other sites around campus as well.
CPJE Fall Film Series: Milwaukee 53206
Monday, September 17 at 4:30 pm in the Cinema, Connelly Center
The film chronicles the high toll of excessive and racially-biased jail sentences, following the story of three residents of Milwaukee. A facilitated discussion will follow the film.
Panel: The Death Penalty and Pope Francis
Tuesday, September 18 at 4:00 pm in the Charles Widger School of Law, Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)
Panelists will include: Michelle Dempsey, Professor of Law; Massimo Faggioli, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies; and Jill McCorkel, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminology. The event is hosted by The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy.
Family Weekend One Book Villanova Lunch: Ideas and Conversation
Saturday, September 22 at 12:30pm, Idea Accelerator, Falvey Memorial Library
Join us for a unique, intellectual dining experience! This lunch will feature a conversation about the powerful themes raised within this engaging story and then provide an opportunity for discussion with fellow parents and students. Prior reading of the book is not necessary to enjoy this wonderful afternoon of food and conversation. Please go to villanovatix.com to register, call 610.519.4211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Film Screening: The Mayor of Graterford
Monday, September 24 at 7:00 pm in the Cinema, Connelly Center
This is a social justice documentary produced by students at Villanova University which examines the issue of life without parole sentencing and the commutation process in Pennsylvania through the experiences of current and former inmates.
Panel: Mass Incarceration and Collateral Damage
Thursday, October 4 at 4:00 pm in Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
This panel will address the effects of mass incarceration on political representation, on poverty, on children and families, and on us as a society. Participants include: Professors Robert DeFina, Lance Hannon, Jill McCorkel, and Brianna Remster (Sociology and Criminology Department).
Panel: Christian Mercy and Prison Abolition
Tuesday, October 23 at 1:00 pm in Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
Panelists will include: Vincent Lloyd, Katie Grimes and Kathryn Getek Soltis. The panel will be moderated by Nathaniel Grimes.
Panel: The Graterford Program
Thursday, November 1 at 4:00 pm in Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
This panel will provide of glimpse into Villanova’s Graterford Program from different perspectives. The State Correctional Institution at Graterford is Pennsylvania’s largest maximum security prison; Villanova’s program is one of the oldest, continuously running, degree granting prison education programs in the country. Participants include two VU graduates from the Graterford program, a VU faculty member who’s taught in the program, a VU undergrad who volunteers in the program, and the Director of the Graterford Program.
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