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Westervelt event launches Friends of the Library semester

Monday, Feb. 13, Dr. Saundra Westervelt, professor of sociology at UNCG, will lead a discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” as the first Friends of the Library event of the semester. It will be at 7 p.m. in Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library. This event is free and open to the public.

“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” is an account of a young lawyer’s coming of age, as well as a look at the lives of those he has defended. Westervelt’s work has focused on the wrongful conviction of the innocent. She and her colleague Kim Cook (UNCW) work with innocent people who have been convicted of capital crimes, incarcerated on death row, and later released because of their factual innocence. Westervelt and Cook focus particularly on life after exoneration, the aftermath of a wrongful capital conviction on those who must reintegrate into their families and communities after release. Together, they have written extensively about the challenges these individuals face, including in “Life after Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Identity and Community” (Rutgers University Press). Westervelt currently serves a vice-chair of the board of Witness to Innocence, the nation’s only organization comprised of death row exonerees and their families.

On Tuesday, March 21, UNCG history professor Chuck Bolton will lead a book discussion of “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. This discussion is at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room.  It is free and open to the public.

Also, the Friends’ Annual dinner will be on on March 29. Ray Suarez will be the guest speaker this year’s event. He is the author of three critically-acclaimed books including “Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation,” “The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America” and “The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration.” Tickets, which include dinner, are $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Tickets for the program, only, are $20. Table sponsorships are available for $650 and include eight tickets, preferential seating and recognition at the event. The event will be held in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and tickets will be available soon. For more information about sponsoring a table, contact Hollie Stevenson-Parrish at 336-256-0184 or hdsteven@uncg.edu.
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