Author Bryan Stevenson speaks at Colorado State University Sept. 22

Note to Reporters: Bryan Stevenson will be available to answer questions from reporters via email before his talk. Contact Kate Jeracki for more information.

FORT COLLINS — Confronting poverty and racial injustice, promoting fair treatment within the criminal justice system and encouraging hope within marginalized communities are elements that author and attorney Bryan Stevenson is passionate about.

Stevenson will be speaking in the Colorado State University Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. A book sale and signing will follow the event.

This event is free and open to the public, presented in partnership with the 2016 CSU Diversity Symposium, a week of presentations and workshops centered around diversity on campus.

Stevenson will be discussing his book, Just Mercy, a memoir of confronting unfairness in the justice system as an attorney. Just Mercy is a New York Times No. 1 bestseller and was named one of the 10 best nonfiction books of the year by Time.

Stevenson is also founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and a professor of law at New York University Law School. As a significantly influential lawyer, Stevenson founded the EJI to defend the poor, the wrongly condemned and the racially oppressed within the United States criminal justice system. An inspiration for compassion within the pursuit of justice is the emphasis of Stevenson in Just Mercy.

The LSC is on campus at 1101 Central Ave Mall. Limited free parking will be available in the Morgan Library Lot 425 (accessed from Shields and Pitkin streets) and the Engineering Lot 310 (off Laurel and Meldrum streets). The Lory Student Center is also a short walk from either the Laurel Street or University Avenue MAX Bus Rapid Transit Service stations.

This author event is sponsored by the Morgan Library, Friends of the CSU Libraries, Ram Events, the Office of Student Leadership Involvement and Community Engagement, the Poudre River Public Library District, Friends of the Poudre River Public Library District, the Lory Student Center, the City of Fort Collins, KUNC and the Hilton Fort Collins.

For more information, visit the Morgan Library website at