Book review by Kelly Jane Torrance of National Review.
Opinion piece by David Brooks of New York Times.
Dora Weithers of LetterPile compiles quotes on the principles of thinking from Alan Jacobs’ book, How To Think.
CBC Radio speaks with Alan Jacobs on thinking in the age social media.
Book review by Kathy Kuhl of Learn Differently.
Hostos Reads! “Quantitative Exercises on Thinking Principles” Presentation
Questions and topics for discussion prepared by the publisher, Penguin/Randomhouse
Includes summary, themes, quotes, etc. Registration required for full access.
Book review by Mike Peed of the New York Times.
Situating Yourself in the World quotations from Americanah
“She rested her head against his and felt, for the first time, what she would often feel with him: a self-affection. He made her feel like herself.” — p. 73
” ‘It is a wise book. The human stories that matter are those that endure. The American books you read are light-weights. …This boy is too besotted with America.’
‘I read American books because America is the future.'” — p. 84
“…her relationship with him was like being content in a house but always sitting by the window looking out.” — p. 9
“She hungered to understand everything about America, to wear a new, knowing skin right away…” — p. 167
“And as she read, America’s mythologies began to take on meaning. America’s tribalisms — race, ideology, and region — became clear. And she was consoled by her new knowledge.” — p. 167
“Nigeria became where she was supposed to be, the only place she could sink her roots in without the constant urge to tug them out and shake off the soil.” — p. 7
” ‘And there is a certain bombast in the way we speak that I had also forgotten. I started feeling truly at home again when I started feeling bombastic.’ ” — p. 531
Visit the Library’s Hostos Reads! guide for videos, articles and other teaching resources.
Just Mercy resources
The purpose of this section is to:
- share resources that would be good “supplements” to an understanding of this year’s theme “Social Justice”, and
- give instructors the opportunity to post their lesson plans and materials they use in their class discussions.
With these collaborative efforts, we are forming a learning community!
Below is an activity that allows students to identify confrontational issues and then imagine solutions. This activity focuses on students creating a visual item to help them understand an issue presented in the text.
The following are more useful resources, which will continue to expand. We strongly encourage you to share your own resources and insights.
Study Guides for Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk | We need to talk about an injustice
In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
Stories of Just Mercy | Equal Justice Initiative
Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy, available in hardcover and paperback from Random House, is a New York Times Bestseller. Just Mercy presents the story of EJI, the people we represent, and the importance of confronting injustice. The book “is as gripping as it is disturbing,” wrote Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, “as if America’s soul has been put on trial.” Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy, available in hardcover and paperback from Random House, is a New York Times Bestseller. Just Mercy presents the story of EJI, the people we represent, and the importance of confronting injustice. The book “is as gripping as it is disturbing,” wrote Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, “as if America’s soul has been put on trial.”
The New York Times | ‘Just Mercy,’ by Bryan Stevenson
Unfairness in the Justice system is a major theme of our age. DNA analysis exposes false convictions, it seems, on a weekly basis. The predominance of racial minorities in jails and prisons suggests systemic bias. Sentencing guidelines born of the war on drugs look increasingly draconian. Studies cast doubt on the accuracy of eyewitness testimony. Even the states that still kill people appear to have forgotten how; lately executions have been botched to horrific effect…
Book Review: “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson – Page 2 of 3 – learnbyblogging.com
TweetA short Summary: Chapter 1 ~ 3: Sets up the story of Walter McMillian, whose interracial extra-marital affair with a young white woman got himself targeted as a suspect of a murder of white young woman in an laundry store. Also, his encountered with an old man in a wheel chair encouraged him to keep … Continue reading Book Review: “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson →
Book Summary: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
This is a book summary of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Read this Just Mercy summary to review key ideas and lessons from the book.
The Book in Three Sentences: The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Simply punishing the broken only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done…
Discussion Guide | Equal Justice Initiative
The publishers of Just Mercy prepared a teacher’s guide in conjunction with the national Common Core Standards. Each chapter contains summary points, discussion questions for the class and activities requiring various skills and interpretation of the text.
Get Involved | Equal Justice Initiative
LEARN MORE. Explore Children in Adult Prisons, Excessive Punishment, the need for Sentencing Reform, and the urgent need to confront our History of Racial Injustice.
SUPPORT ADVOCACY AND REFORM EFFORTS. Support the work of the Equal Justice Initiative, one of the nation’s most effective legal and advocacy organizations…
LibGuides: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Berry College 2016 Common Read): Additional Resources
Berry College 2016 Common Read
A few words about Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson…(The Common Reading Program of Kingsborough Community College)
The Common Reading Program of Kingsborough Community College
Common Reading Program (NC State University): for Faculty and Staff
NC State University 2016 Common Reading Selection
VCU Common Book Program (Virginia Commonwealth University Common Book Program): Additional Resources
Virginia Commonwealth University Common Book Program
Metropolitan Community College-Just Mercy: A guide to resouces on the themes in Bryan Stevenson’s book
Penn Valley-Just Mercy – LibGuides at Metropolitan Community College
Valencia College- Just Mercy: Websites: A resource guide for the Osceola Campus Common Read Program
Valencia College – Just Mercy: Websites: A resource guide for the Osceola Campus Common Read Program