Just Mercy: Faculty & Staff First-Year Text Summer Book Discussion & Lunch

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Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus

Information Commons, 4th Floor

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Student Transitions and Outreach, Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, Center for Experiential Learning, and First and Second Year Advising invite University faculty and staff to participate in a facilitated summer book discussion and lunch on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, Loyola University Chicago's 2016-2017 First-Year Text, on Monday, August 15 from 12- 1:30 p.m. in the Information Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus.

Loyola's First-Year Text Program is coordinated by Student Transitions and Outreach. All incoming students to Loyola will receive Just Mercy during the summer, engage in dialogue and reflection around the book in various classes, and participate in co-curricular activities centered around the book's themes. For more information on the program, please visit the First-Year Text Program website.

The book raises challenging yet timely issues related to our criminal justice system, racial dynamics and stereotypes, and various social justice issues. The facilitated discussion and lunch is a new event and opportunity for faculty and staff to engage in conversation on the book's themes and process the powerful stories of the people impacted by these societal injustices, as well as discuss ways to talk about these difficult topics with students.

If you wish to participate in the discussion and lunch but do not have a copy of Just Mercy, please contact Martin Finnie, Coordinator of the First-Year Text Program, at mfinnie@luc.edu. Books will be available for pick-up in Student Transitions and Outreach located in Sullivan Center, Suite 295, or books can be sent through campus mail. It is recommended to request a copy in advance so you have enough time to read the text before the discussion.



Introducing the Discussion Leaders

We are honored to have the following faculty members lead faculty and staff in dialgoue and discussion during this event on Just Mercy.

Dr. Noni K. Gaylord-Harden is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Parents and Children Coping Together (PACCT) Research Lab in the Department of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Her primary research interests are in the investigation of stressors, such as community violence, on the psychosocial functioning of African American youth and families in urban communities. She has also focused on the role of modifiable protective factors, such as coping strategies, future orientation, and supportive parenting, among youth in high-risk contexts. Her work has been funded by the Department of Education, American Psychological Association, and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Kathleen Maas Weigert, a Professor in the Department of Sociology, teaches a section of the introductory sociology course as well as a sociology course on homelessness. Each fall she also teaches “Peace Studies Overview” for the minor in Peace Studies. Her research interests are in social justice, structural violence, and the Catholic social tradition.

Dr. Christopher Manning received his PhD from Northwestern University in 2003 and is currently an associate professor of history at Loyola University Chicago and the Assistant Provost on Academic Diversity. He has written articles on African political development in the 20th century and his first book, William L. Dawson and the Limits of Black Electoral Leadership, was published by Northern Illinois University Press in 2009. He is currently working on an oral history of social justice movements in in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, entitled NOLA, and a memoir which humorously explores so-called race and identity, called Army Brat. He also the executive director and founder of the non-profit Latin dance company Inspiración Dance Chicago, which offers free youth and adult Latin dance training in Chicago.

Dr. David Olson is a Professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department and Co-Director of Loyola's interdisciplinary Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. Dr. Olson serves as the Chairperson for the advisory boards of the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, and Commissioner to the Illinois Governor's Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. Throughout his 30 year career in the field of criminal justice, Dr. Olson has worked with a variety of federal, state and local agencies to develop and evaluate programs and policies, particularly in the area of community and institutional corrections.




FAQs

Whom can I contact for questions and inquiries?

For questions and inquires related to the discussion and lunch event, please contact either Martin Finnie, Coordinator of the First-Year Text Program, at mfinnie@luc.edu, or Annie Kelly, Academic Advisor in First and Second Year Advising, at akelly2@luc.edu. For information and inquiries on the First-Year Text Program, please contact Martin Finnie, Coordinator of the First-Year Text Program, at mfinnie@luc.edu.

Who may attend the event?

All Loyola University Chicago faculty and staff are welcome to attend the book discussion and lunch.

Will lunch be provided?

A light lunch will be provided.

How can I obtain a copy of the book?

Please contact Martin Finnie, Coordinator of the First-Year Text Program, at mfinnie@luc.edu. Books will be available for pick-up in Student Transitions and Outreach located in Sullivan Center, Suite 295, or books can be sent through campus mail. It is recommended to request a copy in advance so you have enough time to read the text before the discussion.

Should I have read the entirety of the book prior to the faculty and staff book discussion?

We welcome faculty and staff whom have read as much or as little as they are able.

When is the deadline to RSVP?

Please RSVP on or before Tuesday, August 9.




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Information Commons, 4th Floor

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