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2020 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:

• Your first common intellectual experience

• An introduction to the university's academic life

• A sense of unity among students, faculty, staff and the community

 


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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 2020 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.

 

 

CHANGE:

“Serving and Saving Humanity”- Molly Bingham
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/72989/

“The Sisterhood of Roller Derby”- Erin Blakemore
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/12005/

“Cutting Our Grandmothers’ Saris - Priya Chandrasekaran
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/58321/

“Big Thinking’ - Elizabeth Shen
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/26917/

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

 

HOPE:

“A Grace of Silence - Andrew Flewelling
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/7365/

“The Eternal Sunshine” - Traci Higgins
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/15607/

“Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day”- Josh Rittenberg
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/4205/

“My Fellow Worms”- Carl Sanburg
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16952/

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

 

RESPONSIBILITY:

“Be Cool to the Pizza Dude”- Sarah Adams”
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/23/

“A Father’s Lectures” – Seth Chalmer
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/399/

“A Goal of Service to Humankind” - Anthony Fauci
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/15/

“A Dog’s Life” – Fred Flaxman
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16088/

“Always Go to the Funeral” – Deirdre Sullivan
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/8/

 

SETBACKS:

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

“It’s Better to Give…and Receive” – Lisa Dunlap
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/10107/

“Keep It Real” – Rose Eiesland Foster
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/4987/

“The Power of Collaboration” - Peter
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/48120/

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

 

TOLERANCE:

“Remembering All The Boys” – Elvia Bautista
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/21255/

“Inviting the World to Dinner” – Jim Haynes
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/57258/

“A Duty To Heal’ – Pius Kamau
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/4120/

“I Never Stopped Believing” – Eva Saxl
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16957/

“We’re All Different in Our Own Ways” – Joshua Yuchasz
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/14338/


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