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Provost Summer Read Program

Listening is an Act of Love by Dave IsayThe Provost Summer Read Program is built around a common book that is read over the summer by all first year students. This year's book is Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay. After first year students arrive on campus to begin their fall semester of classes, they will participate in a meaningful dialogue with faculty and your peers, inside and out of the classroom.

About Dave Isay

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including the New York Times best sellers: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007), Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps (2012), and Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013). In 2015, Dave was recognized with the TED Prize, awarded to one exceptional individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change.

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Dave Isay's TED Talk: Everyone Around You Has a Story the World Needs to Hear