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'My Beloved World,' this year's First Year Common Reader, has won high praise from critics.

General public tickets

Public tickets for talk by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor available Sept. 12


6:28 p.m., Sept. 9, 2013--U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will discuss her best-selling memoir, My Beloved World, as part of the University of Delaware’s First Year Common Reader program at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Bob Carpenter Sports/Convocation Center on the campus.

A limited number of tickets for the general public will be available beginning Thursday, Sept. 12, at UD box offices. The box office at the Bob Carpenter Center will be open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and the Trabant University Center box office will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The general admission tickets are free, but there is a limit of two tickets per person. 

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Justice Sotomayor’s book is this fall’s selection for the First Year Common Reader program, which is designed to engage incoming students in a meaningful conversation with their peers. UD’s new freshmen were asked to read it before coming to campus. 

Tickets have been distributed to first-year UD students and were made available to the members of the UD community beginning Sept. 4. 

Those attending the Sept. 19 talk should plan to arrive early to allow time for security check, and backpacks and bags will not be allowed in the auditorium.

For those unable to get tickets to the talk, a live videostream will be screened in the Trabant University Center Theatre on Sept. 19. 

About Sonia Sotomayor

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.

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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