Arkansans Invited to Enter UAMS-Sponsored Essay Project

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansans of all ages are invited to share the core beliefs that guide their daily lives as part of an
essay project co-sponsored by the ReCenter Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

“This I Believe” is part of a National Public Radio (NPR) initiative that airs personal statements from listeners on its
programs “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” The statewide campaign to promote the essay project is
sponsored by the ReCenter program of the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, KUAR/KLRE and the
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. “This I Believe” is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by
acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow.


“The creative process of writing your personal beliefs and then engaging in a public dialogue definitely promotes a
healthier individual and a healthier community,” said Riley Lipschitz, ReCenter director.


Essays should be 350-500 words or about three minutes when read aloud. All essays will be archived at the Butler
for Arkansas Studies, and selected essays will be read weekly on KUAR and featured in the Arkansas Times.

Essays will be accepted now through December and can be submitted at


For more information, contact Riley Lipschitz at (501) 952-6690 or


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical
center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about
2,320 students and
690 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with
more than 9,400 employees, including nearly
1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center

and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.5 billion a year. For more information, visit