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. (ThisIBelieve.org, 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

Tuesday, January 20th at 12:30 pm
Sticking My Nose in the World's Business, 38
Failure is a Good Thing, 47
I am Not My Body, 197
The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home, 23  

Wednesday, January 28th at 11:00 am
Finding my Strength to Fight Our Fears, 11
I Will Take My Voice Back, 14
Living with Integrity, 20
The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home, 23

Thursday, February 5th at 12:30 pm
We Never Go Away, 68
Returning to What is Natural, 26
The Universe is Conspiring to Help Us, 134
The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home, 23

Wednesday, February 11th at 9:00 am
Do What You Love, 103
We All Need Mending, 137
Making It Up As I Go Along, 35
The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home, 23

Monday, February 16th at 2:00 pm
Becoming a Parent Is a Gift, 121
As I Grow Old, 94
Telling Kids the Whole Truth, 140

The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home, 23

Friday, February 20th at 4:30 pm
Every Person is Precious, 143
Failure is a Good Thing, 47
We're All Different In Our Own Ways, 236
The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home, 23

Wednesday, February 25th at 10:00 am
Teaching a Bad Dog New Tricks, 41
The Person I'm Supposed to Be, 32
Being Content With Myself
The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home, 23

Thursday, February 26th at 1:00 pm
The Practice of Slowing Down, 182
The Chance to Move Forward, 188
My Personal Leap of Faith, 170
The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home, 23

Monday, March 2nd at 9:00 am
Learning to Trust my Intuition, 209
A Musician of Many Cultures, 152
The Chance to Move Forward, 188
The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home, 23