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Logo: American Democracy Project: Freshman Summer Reading Program

Summer 2014 

This I Believe II, More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

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About the Freshman Summer Reading Program

Each freshman at the College participates in the Summer Reading Program. The purpose of this program is to help orient new students to the Brockport academic community by having a common reading experience with fellow classmates and faculty members. First-year students receive a copy of the book during summer orientation.  Students unable to attend orientation receive their copy in the mail in the latter part of July.

The summer reading project is a valued experience at The College at Brockport and continues to be part of our involvement in the American Democracy Project for Civic Engagement, a national, multi-campus initiative that seeks to foster informed civic engagement in the United States. The project seeks to create a greater intellectual understanding and commitment to participate in the civic life of the United States.

The program is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of M&T Bank. Students will be asked to react to the book during the Welcome Week weekend and throughout the semester. They will also take part in discussions, projects and lectures debating noteworthy themes generated by the book.

This year the Freshman Summer Reading selection is This I Believe II, More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. The selection of this book was based on criteria that included readability, relevance, multiple disciplinary application, author availability, and civic engagement.

About This I Believe II, More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman



“This collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventy-five essayists—ranging from famous to previously unknown—completing the thought that begins the book’s title. With contributors who run the gamut from cellist Yo-Yo Ma, to professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, to ordinary folks like a diner waitress, an Iraq War veteran, a farmer, a new husband, and many others, This I Believe II, like the first New York Times bestselling collection, showcases moving and irresistible essays.

Included are Sister Helen Prejean writing about learning what she truly believes through watching her own actions, singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore writing about a hard-won wisdom based on being generous to others, and Robert Fulghum writing about dancing all the dances for as long as he can. Readers will also find wonderful and surprising essays about forgiveness, personal integrity, and honoring life and change.
Here is a welcome, stirring, and provocative communion with the minds and hearts of a diverse, new group of people—whose beliefs and the remarkably varied ways in which they choose to express them reveal the American spirit at its best”. 

Co-editor Jay Allison will address first-year students on September 9, 2014, at 7:30 pm in the SERC. A book-signing will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

If you have ideas or suggestions about additional relevant presentations, please contact Marcy Esler at

Last Updated 4/16/14