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Why A Book-in-Common?

The Book-in-Common program is a university-wide initiative developed to foster a learning environment focused on the success of students to live, work, and lead in a diverse and complex world.  The program will promote an awareness and appreciation for the richness that is brought by embracing all forms of diversity and multicultural perspectives.  In addition, it supports University initiatives such as curricular and co-curricular efforts in Global Connections, Wellness Connections, and Business Connections.

Common Reading Programs

  • intellectually engage students on a variety of social issues and diverse perspectives related to values and ethics
  • foster a sense of intellectual community throughout the university
  • engage students in interdisciplinary dialogue outside of the classroom
  • provide opportunities for increased interaction among students, faculty, staff, and alumni 

Book Selection

This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, includes a collection of 75 essays (all fewer than 500 words) from well-known figures (e.g., Yo-Yo Ma, Elie Wiesel, Sister Helen Prejean, and Robert Fulghum) as well as "normal, everyday individuals" detailing their own values and beliefs.  It is based on a National Public Radio series developed from Edward R. Murrow's radio program from the 1950s.  For more information, visit the website for This I Believe.  TWU’s freshman seminar, UNIV 1231, will incorporate the book into all of their courses in 2014-15

Upcoming Activities/Events

  • August 16-22 – Kick off Week
  • August 16:  Books to be distributed to 200 student leaders; student leaders will be encouraged to develop programs centered on the book in Spring 2015
  • August 18:  Dan Gediman to speak to all TWU faculty at luncheon; interact with staff and students
  • August 22:  Books to be distributed to all freshmen at Freshman Commencement
  • November 6-8:  Book-in-Common panel to take place at the Cultural Connections Leadership Conference

Resources

Free weekly podcasts of featured essays and monthly educator electronic newsletters - http://www.thisibelieve.org

History of This I Believe - http://www.npr.org/thisibelieve/history.html

Listen to recent and archived stories - http://www.npr.org/series/4538138/this-i-believe 

Contact Us

Dr. Kimberly Miloch
Director, QEP
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence
BHL 228C
(940) 898-4107
bookincommon@twu.edu
Dr. Claire Sahlin
Professor and Chair
Department of Women's Studies
HDB 307K
(940) 898-2255
bookincommon@twu.edu

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