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2021 Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is a collection of events surrounding a common theme to introduce you to the ULM learning community. Read the selected essays over the summer as your first university assignment and be prepared to discuss it in freshman English and University Seminar (UNIV 1001).

The program provides you with:

• Your first common intellectual experience

• An introduction to the university's academic life

• A sense of unity among students, faculty, staff and the community

 


 

This I Believe

book cover photoThis year’s selection is a collection of essays from “This I Believe,” an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived on the NPR website, heard on public radio, chronicled through NPR’s books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

The Assignment

New ULM students are expected to read the selected essays from the NPR “This I Believe” website (http://thisibelieve.org) and be prepared to discuss them in freshman English and University Seminar (UNIV 1001).

The list of 25 essays is required reading for the 2021 incoming freshman class. You may access these essays by going to the web address noted or by going to the NPR website and entering the number of the essay. You may choose to listen to the podcast instead of reading the selection.

 

 

 

 

CHANGE:

“I Will Take My Voice Back”- Quique Aviles
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/22871
 
“Cutting Our Grandmothers’ Saris”- Priya Chandrasekaran
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/58321
 
“The Place I Call Home”- Cheryl L. Dukes
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/35837
 
“Courage Comes with Practice”- Theresa MacPhail
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/43673
 
“Big Thinking”- Elizabeth Shen
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/26917
 

HOPE:

“Roll Away the Stone”- Pearl S. Buck
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16412
 
“My Home Is New Orleans”- Mike Miller
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/15381
 
“The Making of Poems”- Gregory Orr
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/21249
 
“Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day”- Josh Rittenberg
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/4205
 
“The Essentials to Happiness”- Alexxandra Shuman
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/2578
 

RESPONSIBILITY:

“Less Is More”- Joel Boutin
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/162734
 
“A Father’s Lectures”- Seth Chalmer
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/399
 
“A Sacred Connection to the Sun”- Joy Harjo
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/31008
 
“Always Go to the Funeral”- Deirdre Sullivan
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/8
 
“A Duty to Family, Heritage and Country”- Ying Ying Yu
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/8560
 
 

SETBACKS:

“My Father Told Me I Was Fat” – Cherie Burbach
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/12446/
 
“It’s Better to Give…and Receive” – Lisa Dunlap
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/10107
 
“Keep It Real” – Rose Eiesland Foster
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/4987
 
“Living in the Here and Now”- Jeffrey Hollender
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/31109
 
“Accomplishing Big Things in Small Pieces” –
William Wissemann
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/39318
 

TOLERANCE:

“Remembering All The Boys” – Elvia Bautista
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/21255
 
“One Person A Day”- Courtney
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/7582
 
 “A Duty To Heal” – Pius Kamau
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/4120
 
“Moving Beyond Stereotypes”- Chris Porter
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/1717
 
“We’re All Different in Our Own Ways” –
Joshua Yuchasz
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/14338
 
 
 
 
 


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