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Common Reading Events

The Common Reading Program is made possible through the generous support of the Shepherd University Foundation. All events are free & open to the public.


Shon Hopwood – “From Prison Inmate to Lawyer & Scholar”

Monday, Sept. 18th – 6:00 pm – Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History & Education Auditorium

Hopwood spent 11 years in prison for aggravated bank robbery, where he was inspired to study law; now he’s teaching at Georgetown Law. He’ll talk about finding his calling, overcoming adversity, and how he turned his life around.

Co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program & Shepherd’s Lifelong Learning program

Refreshments to Follow – sponsored by the SU Foundation


Liz Murray: Homeless to Harvard – Common Reading author visit & book signing

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd – 7:00 pm – Frank Center Auditorium

Liz Murray, author of the 2017-2018 Shepherd Common Reading, “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard”, will tell the story of how she overcame the odds to be accepted into Harvard University after living on the streets of New York City and dropping out of high school.

Book-signing and refreshments to follow

Sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation

Additional events are currently being planned. Check back again soon!