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Common Reading Program

This I Believe This I Believe co-edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman has been selected for the Clemson Common Reading Program!

An inspiring collection of the personal philosophies of a group of remarkable men and women
Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists—from the famous to the unknown—completing the thought that begins the book's title. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.

Featuring a well-known list of contributors—including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bill Gates, and John Updike—the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a part-time hospital clerk from Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells Yellow Pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island's parole board.

The result is a stirring and provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of people whose beliefs—and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them—reveal the American spirit at its best.

*Copies of the book will be given to all new freshman and new transfer students!


Convocation (August 21, 2017)

In connection to the Common Reading Program, this year’s Convocation speaker will be Jay Allison!
Jay Allison is an independent journalist and leader in public broadcasting. He produces The Moth Radio Hour and has created dozens of documentary programs and series. Over the past 35 years, he has been a frequent contributor to NPR news programs and This American Life, and is a six-time Peabody Award winner. He hosted and produced This I Believe on NPR and co-edited the bestselling companion books. He is founder of the public media websites, Transom.org and the Public Radio Exchange, and of WCAI, the public radio station on Cape Cod where Allison lives with his family.

Schedule for Convocation 2017

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
New Freshman & Transfer Students — Small Group Sessions across campus
New Graduate Students — Brooks Center
Faculty Meeting — Littlejohn Coliseum

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
University Convocation — Littlejohn Coliseum


*There will no longer be common reading facilitation sessions following Convocation

Convocation Speaker and Author Jay Allison