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Provost Summer Read Program

Listening is an Act of Love by Dave IsayAuthor's Visit

November 14, 2016
6:00 pm
Hilton University of Houston Hotel
Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom

Please join us for an evening with Dave Isay, author of Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life. Through profound storytelling, this book celebrates the varied backgrounds of everyday people and reminds us how we are all connected. This event is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required.

Overview

The Provost Summer Read Program is built around a common book that is read over the summer by all first year students. This year's book is Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay. After first year students arrive on campus to begin their fall semester of classes, they will participate in a meaningful dialogue with faculty and your peers, inside and out of the classroom.

About Dave Isay

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including the New York Times best sellers: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007), Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps (2012), and Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013). In 2015, Dave was recognized with the TED Prize, awarded to one exceptional individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change.

Biography courtesy of StoryCorps

Dave Isay's TED Talk: Everyone Around You Has a Story the World Needs to Hear

Frequently Asked Questions

The Provost Summer Read Program is built around a common book read by all first-year students during the summer. The book selected for 2016 is Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay.

The Office of the Provost is pleased to provide first-year students with a copy of Listening is an Act of Love which will be distributed during the summer. Students can buy additional or replacement copies at the University bookstore or other retail outlets. Electronic versions can also be purchased through popular bookselling websites.

All incoming freshmen will read the selected book and participate in a meaningful dialogue with faculty and your peers, inside and out of the classroom.
We are excited to host the book’s author, Dave Isay, for a campus visit. During his visit, Mr. Isay will deliver a public lecture and participate in activities and events with students, faculty, and community supporters.
We are eager to answer your questions and provide further information about this program. Please email one of our program specialists at psrbook@uh.edu for a prompt reply.