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Auburn Connects! Common Book

Auburn Connects!, Auburn University's common book program, was started in Fall 2010 as a way to provide incoming first-year students with a common educational experience to introduce them to the Auburn family. First-year students will receive the book at Camp War Eagle and need to read the book prior to coming to campus in August.

Programming revolving around themes presented in the book is incorporated into an array of programming beginning with Welcome Week, continuing with the author’s visit on August 30 at 7pm and wrapping up throughout the month of September. Faculty will also be including the book as part of their curriculum throughout the fall semester so first-year students will talk about the book across disciplines.

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Goals of the program:

  • Encourage students to read a variety of books.
  • Promote community among students, staff, and faculty through shared reading experiences and activities both in and out of the classroom.
  • Raise awareness and provide insight into the human condition.
  • Create a culture of respect for diverse viewpoints.
  • Develop lifelong habits of intellectual curiosity, engagement, and critical thinking.

2016-2017 Common Book: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

o The Fall 2016 common book is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

  • This book focuses on themes of justice, unfair prison sentences, the intersection of race and poverty and the American judicial system, and the need for social change. Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist the impoverished, juveniles, and those wrongfully convicted to navigate the judicial system.

NYU School of Law Interview with Bryan Stevenson

  • NYU Law Professor, Bryan Stevenson, explains why he wrote Just Mercy.

Teacher’s Guide

  • Detailed teacher’s guide from publisher Penguin Random House

Discussion Questions

  • Discussion questions from publisher Penguin Random House

Book Review

  • Review of Just Mercy from The Washington Post published October 23, 2014

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Auburn Connects! Common Book Program at or 334-844-5721.

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