Tufts University has selected This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, based on the NPR series of the same name and edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, for the 2010 Common Reading Program.
This July, the university is sending a copy of the book to each incoming first-year and transfer student. When they arrive on campus in the fall, they will engage in conversation with fellow students, Orientation Leaders, and faculty advisers.
In the “spirit of openness and free thought” embodied in Edward R. Murrow’s This I Believe project, Tufts is also holding an essay contest. All first-year students are invited to submit their own This I Believe reflection essay; two winners selected by a faculty committee will receive an honor at the Class of 2014 Matriculation ceremony.
Students, faculty, and staff nominated more than 65 titles for this year’s program; This I Believe was selected for its potential to engage students and to build community through discussion, its reflection of Tufts’ core value of active citizenship, and because it lends itself to a variety of disciplinary perspectives, among other criteria.
“Personal beliefs are at the root of active citizenship . . . Our hope is that as our newest Jumbos reflect on their own beliefs and realize the disparity between the world as it is and the world as they believe it should be, they will also realize the potential they have to make an impact and to make lasting change.”
This I Believe • Holt Paperbacks • 320 pages