Convocation Master Class with Bryan Stevenson
- Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
- Strand Union Building, Procrastinator Theater - view map
The Master Class with Bryan Stevenson will allow students the opportunity to interact with this incredible speaker and author in a more personalized, smaller group setting. All students are welcome to apply HERE to participate in the class. The application deadline is August 15th. The Convocation Master Class will take place on Thursday, August 24th at 4:00 pm.
Students are asked to read “Just Mercy” by Mr. Stevenson in preparation for a lively discussion in the class.
About Bryan Stevenson:
Bryan Stevenson is known for his work in helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. The Equal Justice Initiative has won legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults.
Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won a historic ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. He and his staff have won reversals, relief or release for over 115 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row. Stevenson is also a professor at the New York University School of Law.
Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards including a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, the National Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union after he was nominated by United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the Public Interest Lawyer of the Year by the National Association of Public Interest Lawyers and the Olof Palme Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, for international human rights.
He has received 26 honorary degrees, including degrees from Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University and Washington University.
Stevenson’s , “Just Mercy,” is a New York Times bestseller that was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 Best Books of Nonfiction for 2014. The book has been awarded several honors including a 2015 NAACP Image Award. His presentation “We need to talk about an injustice” is also a popular TedTalk.