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2018 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 and University Seminar (UNIV 1001).

The program provides you with:

 


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This I Believe

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 2018 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.

 

FEAR

"Opening the Door of Mercy" – Karin Round
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/14284/

"Happy Talk" – Oscar Hammerstein II
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16609/

"Combatting the Tyranny of the Positive Attitude" – Barbara Held
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/34187/

"This I Believe" – Theodore
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/7050/

"This I Believe" – Christa
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/19710/

 

SETBACKS

"Feeding a Hunger" – Colette Decker
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/11833/

"The Strange Blessing that Brought Me Home" – Robin Baudier
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/26077/

"My Father Told Me I Was Fat" – Cherie Burbach
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/12446/

"Accomplishing Big Things in Small Pieces" – William Wissemann
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/39318/

"Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace" – Dani Weathers
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/90075/

 

PATRIOTISM

"Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" – Andrew Sullivan
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/29/

"The Virtues of the Quiet Hero" – John McCain
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/20724/

"I Believe in Philadelphia" – Sozi Tulante
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/85637/

"Patriotic Ponderings" – Joan Skiba
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/68044/

"The True Measure of America’s Freedom" – Sudhir Venkatesh
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/5446/

 

EDUCATION & KNOWLEDGE

"The Joy and Enthusiasm of Reading" – Rick Moody
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/31/

"Teacher" – Nick Capo
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/68896/

"Education is the Key" – Kenneth Gamble
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/171001/

"Do Your Best" – Fran Fierson
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/170988/

"Standing Up for Our Children" – Delaine Eastin
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/140078/

 

CHANGE

"Cutting Our Grandmothers’ Saris – Priya Chandrasekaran
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/58321/

"Evolution" – Lauren LeBlanc
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/88035/

"The Blessings of Step" – Janet Jayne
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/44831/

"The Importance of an Off-Season" – Emily Walshe
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/22043/

"Learning to Listen"  Peggy Ramin
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/97111/

 


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