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2019 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

 


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This I Believe

This 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 2019 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.

 

FEAR:

“Opening the Door of Mercy” – Karin Round
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/14284/

“Happy Talk” – Oscar Hammerstein II
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16609/

“Combatting the Tyranny of the Positive Attitude” – Barbara Held
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/34187/

“The Practice of Slowing Down”-Phil Powers
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/21254/

“There Is More to Life than My Life”-Jamaica Ritcher
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/2714/

 

SETBACKS:

“Living in the Here and Now”-Jeffrey Hollender
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/31109/

“It’s Better to Give…and Receive”-Lisa Dunlap
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/10107/

“The Strange Blessing that Brought Me Home” – Robin Baudier
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/26077/

“My Father Told Me I Was Fat” – Cherie Burbach
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/12446/

“Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace” – Dani Weathers
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/90075/ 

 

TOLERANCE:

“Leaving Identity Issues to Other Folks”-Phyllis Allen
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/90075/

“An Invitation to Dialogue”-Madhukar Rao
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/14142/

“We’re All Different in Our Own Ways”-Joshua Yuchasz
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/14338/

“Remembering All the Boys”- Elvia Bautista
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/21255

“Bridging the Gap”-Emily Vutech
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/92254/

 

RESPONSIBILITY:

“Be Cool to the Pizza Dude”-Sarah Adams
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/23/

“Growth That Starts from Thinking”-Eleanor Roosevelt
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/16936/

“A Sacred Connection to the Sun”-Joy Harjo
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/31008/

“There is Such a Thing as Truth”-Errol Morris
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/28/

“A Father’s Lectures”-Seth Chalmer
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/399/

 

CHANGE:

“Cutting Our Grandmothers’ Saris – Priya Chandrasekaran
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/58321/

“The Importance of an Off-Season” – Emily Walshe
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/22043/

“The Place I Call Home”-Cheryl L. Dukes
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/35837/

“The Courage to Change the Things I Can-Mark Olmsted
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/39990/

“My Grandmother’s Dicho”-Winter Prosapio
https://thisibelieve.org/essay/140273/

 

 


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