For the second year in a row, Virginia Tech’s Common Book Project selection is This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. Every first-year student will receive a free copy of the book featuring the university’s signature VT on the cover and a letter Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Education inside.
The collection of essays “resonated strongly with members of the student body as well as faculty.” Among the seventy-five essayists are musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Béla Fleck, Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel, the founder of the online community Craigslist.org, an anthropology student at the University of Chicago, a diner waitress, and an Iraq War veteran.
Editors Dan Gediman and Jay Allison collaborated to revive Edward R. Murrow’s 1950s radio program, This I Believe, and then brought selected essays from the airwaves to press in This I Believe II and its preceding volume, This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. The collections both include pieces from the original 1950s series as well as contemporary submissions. The books also contain questions for discussion and a guide to writing one’s own This I Believe statement.
Many Virginia Tech Hokies did write personal belief essays; some students opted to express their beliefs in audio or video presentations. Students believe in diversity, puppies, dancing, trust and respect in relationships, helping others, literacy, and much, much more. This I Believe projects of all kinds were published through Blogs@VT, the university’s own network of blogs by members of the VT community.
The goal is for all students—from engineering to English majors—to discuss and learn from the same book, creating a common thread in the undergraduate experience.
—Office of First Year Experiences, Virginia Tech
Read more about VTech’s annual Common Book Project here.
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 50 schools! Click here to see other colleges and universities that have adopted these Popular Picks from Macmillan.
This I Believe II • Picador • 288 pages