Common Read Program

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University Success 1001 and the English Department has developed a Common Reading Program as a way to encourage first year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience. The 2014 – 2015 Common Read book is This I Believe II. This is a way to build a community amongst our students as well as offer them an opportunity to connect with one another – both in the classroom and out.

This I Believe II

Common Read Program: This I Believe

What is the Common Read Book?

This I Believe II is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here on their website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow. (, 2014).  This I Believe II is filled with wonderful and surprising essays about forgiveness, personal integrity, and honoring life and change.

What is the purpose?

The purpose of the Common Read Program is to encourage first year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience. During the semester, faculty along with students and staff will lead in campus discussions that center on the themes and issues raised in the book. Incoming students will receive a free copy of This I Believe II, and should begin reading the series of essays throughout the summer. The book will be used in English 1157 and UNIV 1001 courses.

 How do I get involved?

  • Students will receive their copy of This I Believe II during orientation
  • The book will be utilized during English 1157 as well as UNIV 1001
  • Students can attend programs such as book clubs 

Spring 2015 Schedule

Events will occur in the Student Success Center unless otherwise stated

Please check back for our Spring 2015 dates & times