First Pages was established to develop a sense of common knowledge and purpose as students move into their first year at Northeastern University. The book is the foundation for a series of programming events during Welcome Week including a visit from the author.
The goals of the project are to present a challenging and engaging text which will provide insight into an important issue and bring faculty, administrators, staff, upper-class students and new students together outside of a traditional classroom setting. The selection for Fall 2017 is Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson.
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
The links below are to book reviews, audio and video interviews with the author, and organizations within and outside Northeastern devoted to death penalty issues.
Websites and organizations affiliated with Bryan Stevenson
Other important websites on the death penalty
Related Institutes and Projects at Northeastern University