"This I Believe" Editor Dan Gediman to Speak at Coker

For more information contact Christian Stryker 843.383.8068

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College will host a guest lecture from This I Believe executive producer and editor Dan Gediman on Tuesday, September 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Watson Theater. This I Believe is the common reading that all of Coker’s freshman students will complete as part of their first year experience class.

Gediman is a long-time public radio producer whose work has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Marketplace, Soundprint, Jazz Profiles, and This American Life. Dan has won many of public broadcasting’s most prestigious awards for programs such as Breaking the Cycle: How Do We Stop Child Abuse and I Just Am Who We Are: A Portrait of Multiple Personality Disorder.

Founded in 2004, This I Believe Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that engages youth and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing, and discussing brief essays about the core values that guide their daily lives. The book This I Believe is a collection of essays that is a New York Times best seller. According to Gediman, “The goal is not to persuade Americans to agree on the same beliefs. Rather, the hope is to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs different from their own.”

This I Believe has been used as common reading by several colleges and universities across the country in their first year experience programs including Davidson College, Florida State University and Tufts University.

Following Gediman’s lecture, which is open to the public, he will be signing copies of This I Believe in the Coker College Black Box Theater.

For more information on Gediman’s lecture contact the Coker College Student Services Office at 843.383.8035.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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