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On the Same Page gives new students (and everyone else!) at Cal something to talk about. This year, we're all on the same page reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. 

In 2012, this program, which was created by the College of Letters and Science, was expanded to include all new students and all faculty members at Cal. This means that over the summer each faculty member and each new freshman and transfer student will receive a copy of Just Mercy. (Students who come to CalSO will receive their books at orientation; new students who do not will receive a copy by mail, unless they have an international mailing address, in which case they can pick up a copy at 257 Evans Hall once they arrive in Berkeley.)  Students who require the book in an accessible/alternative format should contact

Take some time to read through the book over the summer, so you are ready for all the programmatic events and activities in the fall. On the Same Page presents many kinds of opportunities for new students to interact with faculty and continuing students around the year's theme. This year's activities will kick off with a keynote lecture by Bryan Stevenson on September 7, in Zellerbach Hall. Throughout the fall you will find multiple ways to engage with the theme, including several panel presentations and other events sponsored by On the Same Page and our partner organizations on campus. 

You will also find that our theme has permeated the curriculum: you will see that some of the Freshman Seminars for fall 2016 are related to our book and theme, and some of your regular classes may also feature ideas or topics that relate to the book. We are also offering a one-unit, pass-no pass course called L&S 10: you can read the book over the summer and start fulfilling some of the course requirements now, leaving yourself more time for your other courses later in the fall. 

We want you to encounter themes and ideas from this book, chosen especially for the entering class of 2016, wherever you go on campus this fall. We will know we have succeeded when students and faculty who have only recently met find themselves buzzing about Just Mercy, and working together on strategies for doing our part to change the world.