This I Believe
Gediman, Gregory and Gediman (2010: xix-xxi) recently reprinted Edward R. Murrow’s words of introduction to his 1951 radio show entitled This I Believe:
We hardly need to be reminded that we live in an age of confusion. A lot of us have traded in our beliefs for bitterness and cynicism, or for a heavy package of despair, or even a quivering portion of hysteria. Opinions can be picked up cheap in the marketplace, while such commodities as courage and fortitude and faith are in alarmingly short supply. ... Except for those who think in terms of pious platitudes or dogma or narrow prejudice — and those thoughts we aren’t interested in — people don’t speak their beliefs easily or publicly.
Mr. Murrow gave a platform for people from all walks of life to “talk out loud about the rules they live by, the things they have found to be the basic values in their lives" (xix). I think we would do well to take a moment to think about our fundamental beliefs. Indeed, I routinely ask my students to do just that. Here are mine. (PDF)
Remembering Professor Andy Andrews
Our colleague Andy Andrews (PDF) passed away suddenly in 2002. A friend and mentor to many, his life reminds us all of what it means to live with passion and authenticity.
Commemorating the 2009 Pioneer High School Championship Swim Season
A Trip Down Memory Lane
“Walsh, President of the Academy of Management, Comes 'Home' to UAlbany”