One Book, One Campus–This I Believe

2012 One Book One Campus Program

The Illini Union Bookstore announces the 2012 One Book One Campus selection, “This I Believe.” Chosen by Chancellor Phyllis Wise, this book is a compilation of personal philosophies, including those of several U. of I. alumni. A free lecture by the book’s co-editor, Dan Gediman, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 4) in the Illini Rooms A, B and C of the Illini Union. [via eweek]

I didn’t realize that the “This I Believe” essay project had been revived, but I was delighted. The first time I heard about the Edward R. Murrow CBS Radio program “This I Believe” was when I was working on the Heinlein Centennial, because Robert A. Heinlein was one of the essayists featured. You can read his essay here. (Check out the Heinlein Society. I’m a lapsed member, but I plan to re-up soon. Should have done it at Chicon.)

Robert A. Heinlein wrote these words in 1952 and delivered them to a national radio audience in a broadcast interview by Edward R. Murrow. His wife, Virginia Heinlein, read them when she accepted on his behalf NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal on October 6, 1988, awarded him posthumously.

If you want to hear Heinlein read this essay, you can hear him on this clip of the Murrow broadcast.

This I Believe, Inc. 

This I Believe, Inc., was founded in 2004 as an independent, not-for-profit organization that engages youth and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing, and discussing brief essays about the core values that guide their daily lives.

This I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division.

In reviving This I Believe, executive producer Dan Gediman said, “The goal is not to persuade Americans to agree on the same beliefs. Rather, the hope is to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs different from their own.”

[check back later for my “This I Believe” essay]



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