July 07, 2011

Dan Gediman

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Author Dan Gediman will speak to the Class of 2015 on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building. The talk, "This I Believe: An Evening with Dan Gediman," is free and open to the public.

Following his talk, Gediman will answer questions from the audience. He also will sign copies of his book, available for purchase at the event.

Gediman is co-editor of This I Believe, which includes essays by Leonard Bernstein, Warren Christopher and Bill Gates as well as pediatric psychologist Debbie Hall, astrophysicist Alan Lightman, restaurant critic Jason Sheehan, retired elementary school teacher Ruth Kamps and part-time hospital clerk Jackie Lantry.

This I Believe is a non-profit organization that collects and presents the core personal philosophies of people from all walks of life. Based on a daily radio show hosted by Edward R. Murrow in the '50s, This I Believe has been established to encourage learners young and old to examine their belief systems and write personal essays describing what they believe and why.

More than 100,000 thousand people around the world and from all walks of life have shared their personal stories. Many of these stories are archived on the This I Believe website, broadcast on public radio, chronicled in books and featured in weekly podcasts.

Gediman is a long-time public radio producer whose work has been heard on "All Things Considered," "Fresh Air," "Jazz Profiles" and "This American Life." During his 25-year radio career, he has won many of public broadcasting's most prestigious awards for programs such as "Breaking the Cycle: How Do We Stop Child Abuse" and "I Just Am Who We Are: A Portrait of Multiple Personality Disorder."

Common reading project
Members of the incoming class were sent a copy of This I Believe soon after their acceptance to Bucknell, and were asked to read the book as part of the first-year common reading project.

Provost Mick Smyer invited them to "read the book and begin to reflect on the fundamental values that guide their lives. That reflection will continue through the fall semester as they explore what they believe and why, as individuals and as a community."

Of the reading project, Smyer said, "We are returning to an earlier process of having a common reading for first-year students in order to enhance the academic mission's prominence prior to and during orientation."

All first-year students will participate in faculty-led discussion groups during Orientation and the fall semester, including a Transition to College course. Members of the Bucknell community have been invited to join with the Class of 2015's common reading project by reading the book and describing one of their own core beliefs in an essay or a video. Members of the Bucknell community are also invited to submit their essay to the national "This I Believe" project as well. Essay writing guidelines and a submission form are available here: thisibelieve.org/guidelines/

Contact: Division of Communications

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