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

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

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UPDATE: Ticket distribution for members of the UD community will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The date was moved because the original release date fell on Rosh Hashana.

12:31 p.m., Aug. 28, 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.

Her 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. 

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The Sept. 19 talk is designed for these first-year UD students, and accordingly they are being given priority for tickets to the event, which are being distributed to them in classes.

Tickets for other members of the UD community will be available beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, 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. Tickets are free, but there is a limit of two per person with UD ID.  Seating is general admission.

Distribution of a very limited number of free tickets for the general public will begin Thursday, Sept. 12, at UD box offices. There will be a limit of two tickets per person. 

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

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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