This I Believe Producer, Co-Editor Dan Gediman to Speak at Columbus State

Dan GedimanCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Dan Gediman, executive producer of the nationally aired radio series This I Believe and co-editor of the best-selling book based on the series, will speak about the work 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 in Columbus State University’s University Hall auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This I Believe originated as a five-minute CBS Radio program hosted by broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow from 1951-1955. Murrow recorded and aired essays read by famous and everyday people about their core beliefs and motivations in life.

Gediman, above right, helped reprise the program on National Public Radio in 2005 and co-edited the related 2006 book This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. Some of the book’s 80 essays are originals from Murrow's radio program with contributions  from the likes of Albert Einstein, Carl Sandberg, Arnold Toynbee and Helen Hayes. Contemporary contributors include Bill Gates, John McCain and Gloria Steinem.

A New York Times bestseller, the book also is the basis for a common reading this fall at CSU in all first-year seminar classes and in several English composition classes. Those students, along with other CSU students, will have an opportunity to ask Gediman about the project in a 3 p.m. workshop after the public lecture. A day earlier, Gediman will give a workshop for CSU faculty on using This I Believe as a teaching text. Sites will be announced for both workshops.

In addition to his involvement with This I Believe, Gediman was a reporter for public radio programs such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Jazz Profiles and This American Life. He also co-produced the public radio series 13 by Corwin and 50 Years After 14 August, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.

For more on Gediman’s CSU appearance, contact Terry Irvin, chair of CSU’s Department of Basic Studies at 706-565-4015 or e-mail irvin_terry@ColumbusState.edu.