Virtual Alumni Book Club
The Radford University Alumni Association invites you to "Read with Radford" and join our Virtual Alumni Book Club. Join other Radford alumni and friends to continue to learn beyond the classroom. Share your own curiosity and engage with other members of the Radford Family through thought-provoking comments in our private group. At the end of each book, we will invite participants to dive a little deeper and join in on a zoom discussion.
We will explore one book per quarter and our alumni will help us choose our next reading selection. You may share your book suggestions with us anytime by submitting your recommendations on this online form.
Next book begins: January 4, 2021
We just started! There is still time to join us for our first book of the new year!
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
By Bryan 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 machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
How do I join the virtual book club?
- Step One: Log into Facebook and search for our Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club Facebook group.
- Step Two: Request to join the Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club Facebook group. Once you have requested group membership and have answered the entry questions, you will be granted access by our group moderator.
- Step Three: Start reading and join the conversation!
How frequent is the book club?
The Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club will explore four books a year, one per season. The Radford Alumni team has chosen the first book; however, future books will be selected from nominations submitted by our alumni. You may share your suggestions by submitting a recommendation form. (include web link when live) The selected text will be announced two months before discussions begin.
Do I need to read every book?
There is no formal time commitment for the book club – you can spend as much or as little time participating as you’d like. We will provide as much supplemental material as possible for each book, so everyone is able to participate, even if you don’t have time to read the book cover to cover.
How does a virtual discussion work?
Once you’re a member of the Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club Facebook group, you’ll be able to participate by commenting, posing questions to fellow readers, and responding to others' comments. The book club moderator will help lead regular discussions, but all alumni and friends are welcome to chime in with their own questions and take-aways from the book.
At the completion of each book, the Radford Alumni team will host a zoom meeting for a virtual discussion for interested participants.
Can I recommend a book for the club to read?
Of course! While we do try to feature authors from the Radford community, like faculty or alumni, we’re open to all suggestions. Use this form to submit a suggestion.
What if I still have questions?
We’re here to help! You can contact our book club moderator, Michelle, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 703-489-4144.