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2016 Summer Reading Program

About the Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is a collection of events surrounding a common theme to introduce you to the ULM learning community. Read the selected essays over the summer as your first university assignment and be prepared to discuss it in freshman English, University Seminar (UNIV 1001).

The program provides you with:

 


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This I Believe

The University of Louisiana at Monroe welcomes new students to campus through the Summer Reading Program.
This year’s selection is a collection of essays from “This I Believe,” 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 on the NPR website, heard on public radio, chronicled through NPR’s books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the name hosted by Edward R. Murrow. 

The Assignment

New ULM students are expected to read the selected essays from the NPR “This I Believe” website (http://thisibelieve.org) and be prepared to discuss them in freshman English and University Seminar (UNIV 1001).

The list of 25 essays is required reading for the 2016 incoming freshman class. You may access these essays by going to the web address noted or by going to the NPR website and entering the number of the essay. You may choose to listen to the podcast instead of reading the selection.

 

Humanism

“A Philosophy of Freedom and Social Responsibility”
Walter H. Annenberg - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16335

“Our Lives Are Ephemeral”
Dalia Sofer – New York, New York
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/54706

“The Mountain Disappears”
Leonard Bernstein—New York, New York
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16368

“Roll Away the Stone”
Pearl S. Buck—Perkasie, Pennsylvania
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16412

“The Holy Life of the Intellect”
George Bowering—Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/31760

Creativity

“My Father Told Me I Was Fat”
Cherie Burbach—Milwaukee, Wisconsin
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/12446

“An Athlete of God”
Martha Graham—New York, New York
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16583

“A Life in Literature”
Sena Jeter Naslund—Louisiville, Kentucky
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/144207

“The Power of Words”
Benita Porter—Clifton Park, New York
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/4210 

“Disrupting My Comfort Zone”
Brian Grazer—Beverly Hills, California
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/22868

Discrimination

“Free Minds and Hearts at Work”
Jackie Robinson—New York, New York
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16931

“My Black Mother”
Barbara Simms Carpenter—Louisville, Kentucky
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/232

“The Birthright of Human Dignity”
Will Thomas—Westford, Vermont
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/17047

“We Are Each Other’s Business”
Eboo Patel—Chicago, Illinois
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/33

“A Good Neighborhood”
Jeff Nixa—South Bend, Indiana
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/7707

Respect

“There’s Immense Power in Being Me”
Philip—Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/109259

“Dim Sum with Grandma”
Juleh—Lynnwood, Washington
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/100092

“In Our Own Words”
Lynn—Cheyenne, Wyoming
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/96722

“Chrysalis”
Amanda—Catawissa, Missouri
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/70629

“The Potential for Growth and Change”
David—Morro Bay, California
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/7857

Setbacks

“It’s Better to Give…and Receive”
Lisa Dunlap—west Chester, Ohio
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/10107

“Feeding a Hunger”
Colette Decker—Laurel, Montana
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/11833

“The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home”
Robin Baudier—New Orleans, Louisiana
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/26077 

“This I Believe”
S. Kirk—Austin, Texas
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/4177

“The Necessity of Failure”
Michael—Louisville, Kentucky
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/142036
 

 


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