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Common Word Community Read: “Mental Health Behind Bars: The Role of Mental Health in the U.S. Legal System,” with Dr. Laura Jones

March 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

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Laura Jones, associate professor of Health & Wellness and Athletics Mental Health Coordinator at UNC Asheville will present “Mental Health Behind Bars: The Role of Mental Health in the U.S. Legal System,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center in the Manheimer Room.

Jones’ lecture is part of the Common Word Community Read, curated by New York Times Bestselling author and UNC Asheville alumnus, Wiley Cash ’00. This program brings the UNC Asheville community together to engage in a collective educational experience. Each semester, one book will serve as the focus of numerous virtual and in-person lectures and discussions that will allow participants to delve deeper into the text. Over the course of the academic year, participants will read one book each semester, gaining insights and sharing ideas in a welcoming and respectful environment. Spring 2023’s selection is “The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice.”

For more information and to register, visit: giving.unca.edu/alumni/the-common-word-community-read/

This event is the second of three events for the Spring 2023 Common Word Community Read series. Additional events include a conversation between Wiley Cash and Benjamin Gilmer.


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Reuter Center, Manheimer Room (102)