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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will vist the UD campus in September to discuss her best-selling memoir.

Judicial visit

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to speak at UD Sept. 19


3:48 p.m., May 23, 2013--U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will visit the University of Delaware campus in September to discuss her best-selling memoir with new freshmen who are being asked to read it before coming to campus.  

Her book, My Beloved World, has been selected UD's 2013 First Year Common Reader as part of a program to engage incoming students in a meaningful conversation with their peers. The book is available at the UD Barnes and Noble Bookstore

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Justice Sotomayor — the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court — will discuss her book at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Bob Carpenter Sports/Convocation Center on the campus. The program is designed for first-year UD students, but limited seating will be available for the general public as well. Ticket details will be announced later. 

My Beloved World chronicles Justice Sotomayor’s life, from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench and portrays that inspiring journey, which has been marked by extraordinary determination, the power of believing in oneself and the support of mentors, friends and family.  

About Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1976 and from Yale Law School in 1979. She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York and then at the law firm of Pavia & Harcourt. From 1992 to 1998, she served as a judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and from 1998 to 2009 on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, a role she assumed on Aug. 8, 2009.

About the First Year Common Reader

The First Year Common Reader program engages incoming students in the intellectual life of the UD community. During the fall semester, a variety of activities and events around the theme of the book will be held on campus. 

Previous common readers have included Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. 

For more information on the common reader and other First Year Experience programs, see the website.

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