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"This I Believe:" A Campus Common Read

This I Believe II book cover
9/1/2011 —

Each year, the Penn State Brandywine community comes together not just for classes and common hour, but also to share a “common read.” It’s the campus’ version of a book club, only on a much larger scale.

This year, a committee chose the book and those who wish to read it will come together to discuss the book itself, as well as related topics. This year’s common read is "This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women," by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. The book is a collection of 75 essayists, from a waitress to an Iraqi War veteran, who complete the thought proposed in the book’s title.

To kick off the yearlong series of events surrounding the book, the campus will host an opening talk, “Reasons to Believe: Making Sense of Our Commitments,” on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the Tomezsko Building Lounge. Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies David Macauley will discuss the tension between providing reasons for what one believes and the often non-rational aspects of the belief itself. Light refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public.

Participation in the common read and related events is free (excluding the cost of the book) and open to the public. This I Believe II can be purchased in the Penn State Brandywine Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Main Building.

Visit http://bit.ly/BWCommonRead for more information.

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