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Common Reading Experience plans ‘open mic’

October 21, 2011

Photo of a microphoneWhat do you believe? Could you say it in 500 words or less?

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, First-Year Connections invites the campus to grab some free pizza, speak and hear others speak about personal beliefs at an open mic event.

All are welcome.

The event, which will take place in the Stevenson Residence Hall Multi-purpose Room (Room 113), is in conjunction with the First-Year Common Reading Experience (CRE) book selection, “This I Believe II.”

The book is a collection of 75 essays, 500 words each, written by a variety of Americans who have expressed one of their strongly held beliefs.

“Reading and hearing these essays will allow our new students to understand and appreciate the diversity of their new community and perhaps question and examine basic ideas and assumptions that they’ve brought to college,” said Brian Hemphill, vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. “The project will engage first-year students to become better critical thinkers and stronger communicators, and will bring creativity to their academic work and extracurricular pursuits.”

If you or someone you know is interested in writing their own “This I Believe” essay to be read at the event, the guidelines for the essays can be found online. Essays submitted online will be posted on and considered for publication in a NIU version of the book.

Attendees do not need to have read the book or written essays to attend. More information about writing and submitting essays will be given at the event.

If you are unable to attend the Oct. 26 open mic, another is scheduled for noon Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Holmes Student Center Diversions Room.

More events related to the CRE are posted online.

For more information, call (815) 753-1535 or email [email protected].