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This I Believe

This I Believe is an international project which provides a forum for people to share and discuss the core values and beliefs that guide their lives. Based on a popular 1950’s radio show hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow, Americans—both well known and unknown—would read five-minute essays about their personal life philosophies. Each day, families gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman, as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, and scientists—anyone willing to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived.

National Public Radio (NPR) revived the program in 2005 and has since had more than 75,000 essays of personal belief submitted to the project.  Colleges, newspapers, coffee houses, and places of worship around the world have become inspired to create their own local versions of the series and we are delighted to bring this program to the UR campus. 

This I Believe at UR is a campus-wide project encouraging students, faculty, and staff to explore and name their beliefs and to celebrate the diversity of stories, values, and traditions that make up our campus community.

Life Values Inventory

Having trouble getting started on your own essay? Try the Life Values Inventory, a free values clarification and personal development program.