Book In Common Events
Saturday, August 17 – Copies of This I Believe are distributed to the first-year class (Frazier Hall)
You will receive your copy of This I Believe. Don’t forget to write your name in it. This is your copy so feel free to mark it, write in it, and make it your own!
Sunday, August 18 – Overview to the Book-in-Common (Various Locations)
Meet with Dr. Carole Pfeffer, Vice President of Academic Affairs and learn how This I Believe connects to the mission of Bellarmine. She will invite members of the first-year class to consider their beliefs and challenge you to make this a year of exploration and reflection.
Monday, August 19 & Tuesday, August 20 – Freshman Focus: This I Believe Orientation (Various Locations)
First-year students will meet with their Freshman Focus faculty, student leaders, and peers and engage in dialogue about beliefs, values, and the stories of This I Believe. Be prepared to engage and interact.
Saturday, August 24 – Knights in Action: Day of Service (Frazier Hall- 8:00 am)
Participate in service alongside the class of 2017, faculty, and staff members. Take a moment to consider what you believe and how service connects to those beliefs. This event will send you into the Louisville community to make a difference. Learn about your community, and Louisville while meeting your Freshman Focus Instructor. This will be a fun and rewarding experience with your Focus class. Your attendance and participation is directly connected to your Freshman Focus Class.
Tuesday, September 3 – Non-Profit & Volunteer-Fest (The Quad, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Looking for good opportunities to volunteer, serve, or participating in an internship? Come to the Quad to meet with with 50+ community agencies at the Volunteer Fair. Take a moment to give back to a local agency where you can help make a difference. Make a commitment to serve and you will be entered for prizes. This is an opportunity to put your beliefs into action. (Co-Sponsored by Career Development, Student Engagement, and Campus Ministry).
Thursday, September 17 – Knights of the Round Table (Horrigan Hall, 4 - 6 p.m. )
Embark on your journey for the true self. Along the way you will be tested to explore your beliefs and for those who persevere there will be great rewards. Horrigan Hall will be transformed into a medieval journey. Don’t miss your chance to learn about how you can make the most of your first-year to impact the rest of your life. (Brought to you by Campus Ministry).
Thursday, September 19 – Community Conversation: “What stands between us” (Hilary’s, Horrigan Hall, 5 p.m.)
People often avoid talking about race and ethnicity as they don’t know where to begin the discussion. In this group conversation OMA will help start discussions on racial and ethnic divisions through using anonymous questions on race and diversity collected by Lee Mun Wah of Stirfry Seminars, and questions submitted by students. As this program will take place during Hispanic /Latino Heritage Month, many questions will be asked by Euro-Americans for Hispanic/Latino-Americans, and asked by Hispanic/Latino-Americans for Euro-Americans. Through this program participants will have discussions they may have longed for, but have been afraid to start on their own. (Brought to you by the Office of Multicultural Affairs).
Thursday, October 3 – “I am”…Project-(Horrigan Couch Area, 11 - 3 p.m.)
Members of the campus community will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with a list of several self-selected identities. These pictures will then be displayed at various locations around campus. Participants will list identities they feel most connected to, but they’ll also be encouraged to include identities which others may not know about this individual. If you have questions about this project, please contact Ryan Simpson. (Co-sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and the Art Department).
Saturday, October 5 – Civil Rights Tour of Louisville (Departs from the Franciscan Circle, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Join fellow students as they take a tour of historic civil rights landmarks in Louisville. Participants will be led by Mr. Ira Grupper an instructor at BU and local civil rights activist who knows US and Louisville civil rights history first hand. Space is limited so be sure to reserve a spot on the bus with Ryan Simpson as soon as possible. (Cosponsored by the IDC program, SGA and OMA).
Thursday, October 17– Community Conversation: “What Happens Next? Post DOMA and Prop 8 Supreme Court Decisions.”(Hilary’s, 3:30 p.m.)
Panelists and audience members will discuss what comes next after the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Prop 8 decisions. Experts will describe the legal and practical outcomes of these decisions and audience members will discuss what impact these decisions have on their lives. (Brought to you by OMA).
Thursday, October 24 – Guest Speaker: Tim Wise (Frazier Hall, Free Period)
What do you believe about race and privilege? Author Time Wise, one of the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Wise -- who was named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader in 2010 -- has spoken in 49 states, on over 600 college campuses, and to community groups across the nation. Don’t miss out on this extremely dynamic speakers! (Brought to you by OMA).
Thursday, November 7– Meet the Editor of This I Believe, Dan Gediman (Frazier Hall, Free Period)
You have spent the semester exploring beliefs through the Book-in-Common experience. Now have the opportunity to listen to the editor of the book and hear how beliefs have changed over the years, the history of This I Believe, and how it connects to Bellarmine. *** Required for all first-year students
This I Believe Essay Contest (September - December 2013)
Beginning in September all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit their own Statements of Belief. Submitted essays may be featured on the This I Believe Bellarmine Blog as well as being entered to win prizes for the best essays at the end of the semester. Essays will be blind reviewed by a panel of Bellarmine faculty and winners will be selected and awarded.
Wall of Belief (Fall & Spring Semester)
Look for the wall of belief on campus and take a moment to write your answer to the changing prompts each week. This community art piece will offer a collective experience for all BU knights.