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This I Believe

This I Believe

The 2008 Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library One Book One Community selection was This I Believe: the Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. This collection of essays from the 1950s and today is based on the National Public Radio series of the same name. Information about the series and the book is available on the This I Believe website,

One Book One Community, like This I Believe, provides a community forum for discussion of personal and collective values and a means for encouraging sensitivity to and respect for differing beliefs. Citizens of all ages and backgrounds are invited to become involved by reading the book, participating in discussions, and contributing essays about their own personal convictions.

Co-editor and radio series producer Dan Gediman was the featured speaker at the culminating event, which took place on Monday, November 24, 2008, 7:30pm, at the University of Evansville's Shanklin Theatre.

From left to right: One Book One Community Committee members Stan Levco, DeeDee Shoemaker, & Evelyn Walker, with "This I Believe" editor Dan Gediman, at the 2008 wrap-up event.

This I Believe: the Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women is available for check out at all EVPL locations.

"The main objective is to point to the common meeting grounds of beliefs, which is the essence of brotherhood and the floor of our civilization."
- Edward R. Murrow, 1951

"Our goal is to create a safe, respectful space where Americans from all walks of life can participate in a dialogue with the potential to inform, inspire and transform. Murrow realized people needed this in the 1950s, and we certainly need this today."
- This I Believe Producer Dan Gediman, 2005

"What we're trying to create is not more noise, but a quiet place...(a) different kind of national dialogue. One that's thoughtful, respectful, and personal. One that would encourage understanding and change."
- This I Believe producer Jay Allison, 2005