This I Believe:OU
This I Believe: OU is the culminating event for the Gateway common read program. This I Believe began in the 1950s as a popular radio series hosted by Edward R. Murrow. People from all walks of life would share the values that guide their daily lives over the airwaves. In the 2009, NPR once again engaged radio listeners in this discussion about the values that guide our daily lives through their This I Believe program. Essays from both series were published in several volumes.
Every first-year student enrolled in Gateway reads the New York Times bestseller, This I Believe: The personal philosophies of remarkable men and women (Allison & Gediman, 2006). At the end of the semester, each student writes their own “This I Believe” essay. They select one of the nine virtues (open-mindedness, love of learning, intellectual humility, self-regulation, perseverance, honesty, civility, fairness, and compassion) promoted through OU’s Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing (ou.edu/flourish) that they feel is showcased in their essay.
Five students are selected to present their essays at This I Believe: OU. In addition, five OU community members are also invited to write and share their essays at the event. We hope you'll join us for a wonderful afternoon sharing our stories.
This I Believe: OU will take place from 3:30 - 5 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Meacham Auditorium, located in the Oklahoma Memorial Union - 900 Asp Ave., Norman, OK.