Common Reading Experience Author Lecture - "Picking Cotton"

10/08/2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Memorial Coliseum
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton

Come hear the authors of the Common Reading Experience Book Picking Cotton! 

This will count as a Wired event!  Look for Peer Mentors in the Lobby in order to sign in!!

About the Book Picking Cotton:

Please note that the following book carries a trigger warning: The content deals with an account of a sexual assault and may be triggering to some people.

Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face-to-face-- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.

In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and they challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.



About the Authors:

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino lives in North Carolina with her family. She speaks frequently about the need for judicial reform and is a member of the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, the advisory committee for Active Voices, and the Constitution Project. Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the Durham-Herald Sun, and the Tallahassee Democrat.

Ronald Cotton lives with his wife and daughter in North Carolina. He has spoken at various schools and conferences including Washington and Lee University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Georgetown Law School, and the Community March for Justice for Troy Anthony Davis in Savannah, GA.

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