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Several hundred first-year and transfer students filled the Cage Center arena in early September to hear from the author whose words were a substantial part of their introduction to Berry College.

Dave Isay, four-time Peabody Award recipient and founder of StoryCorps, wrote Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, the first-year reading assignment for Berry’s newest students. His book recounts conversations about work and vocation collected through StoryCorps, the mission of which is “to record, preserve and share stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs.”  To date, more than 75,000 oral histories by ordinary Americans have been recorded and preserved at the Library of Congress.

During his Berry presentation, Isay shared audio recordings from the people behind the stories and talked about upcoming goals for StoryCorps. Afterward, he encouraged students to explore opportunities and continue doing what they love.

“The lecture was amazing,” First-Year mentor Hannah Norman said. “He shared heart-felt stories that were very inspiring and also hilarious ones that made us laugh.”

Click the video above to view Isay’s presentation.

Reporting by student writer Alisa Jordan

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