Convocation is free and open to the public, however members of the community must obtain a ticket through one of the ticket outlets listed. Members of the new freshmen class do not need tickets. Tickets are available beginning June 12 through all Bobcat Ticket outlets including:
Bryan Stevenson: Public interest lawyer, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama
He is known for his work to help 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 Olaf 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.
In preparation for Montana State University’s 2017 convocation, students will read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
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. More information about Bryan Stevenson can be found through the Library Guide to Convocation.
Explore information about Bryan Stevenson and the common read “Just Mercy” on the MSU Library 2017 Convocation page.
Members of MSU’s incoming freshman class have reserved seats and will not need tickets to attend the event.
For more information, please contact:
Provost Robert Mokwa
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Disabled students wishing to request an accommodation may contact 406-994-2824.