This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women is the 2011-2012 Common Book Project selection at Virginia Tech! All first-year students will receive a copy of the book from the university. These customized books feature the VT logo on the cover and a letter from the Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Education bound in the front matter.
The annual Common Book Project is one of the first opportunities for new Hokies to engage in VT’s intellectual community. Its primary objectives are to provide new students with a reading experience in common with their peers and to “provoke conversation among students and their professors.”
The Office of First Year Experiences and the Office of Residential Life collaborate to plan and implement the project. The FYE office has invited Dan Gediman to speak on campus this fall. Faculty teaching first-year seminars, as well as upper level courses, are encouraged to assign the book in class. In fact, VT’s Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research offers Common Book Grants of up to $2,000 to faculty who wish to enhance their instruction of the title in the classroom and beyond.
The Common Book Program also extends into residential life on campus. Resident Advisors will plan and lead activities related to or inspired by This I Believe II to foster connections among new students and establish the dorms as communities for learning and discussion—extensions of VT classrooms.
This I Believe II and its preceding volume, This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, have been adopted for common reading programs at more than 25 schools. The books were among the most popular common reading picks for the 2010-2011 academic year according to a report by the National Association of Scholars! Click here to see other colleges and universities that have adopted these Popular Picks from Macmillan.
This I Believe II • Picador • 288 pages