This I Believe book cover

“This I Believe” features 80 essayists who compel readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.
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CLEMSON — Famed broadcast journalist Jay Allison will kick off Clemson University’s academic year as the Victor Hurst Convocation keynote speaker at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, in Littlejohn Coliseum.

A revised approach also will bring all new, transfer and graduate students, and faculty and staff, together for the convocation in one location for the first time.

President James P. Clements, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Robert Jones and Almeda Jacks, vice president of Student Affairs, will also give remarks during the ceremony.

Allison is a six-time Peabody Award winner and has created dozens of documentary programs and series over the past 35 years. In addition to regular features on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,” Allison is also the co-editor of “This I Believe,” the book selected for Clemson’s Common Reading Program for freshmen and transfer students.

“We’re looking forward to introducing the next iteration of convocation and the Common Reading Program,” said John Griffin, associate provost for Undergraduate Studies. “The book will be part of an extensive series of academic initiatives and programs starting with Jay. There are a number of scholars featured in ‘This I Believe’ and we are eager to incorporate their message into learning opportunities throughout the year for the campus community.”

Students will begin the day at 8:30 a.m. with orientation events held across campus. Faculty are invited to a General Faculty meeting at 9 a.m. at Littlejohn Coliseum, which will be followed by a faculty reception at the Coliseum Club prior to the start of convocation.

The public is welcome to attend convocation and should enter through the entrance off Perimeter Road.

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