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Charles Turner, 37th Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, compares life to a navigation in that everyone begins life in a specific spot and situation and the travels toward an unkown destination, using what ever tools we have acquired in life to give direction; from this he adds that it is important to keep your awareness in the present and do the task at hand. This essay also contains an advertisement for a This I Believe LP album.

Phyllis Parker is reminded of a saying she was fond of as a child, "love conquers all" and describes the good and sometimes bad results that have come of love. She also compares love to electricity, a flow of energy, and says that if we could all harness love and direct it wisely the world could be a much better place without prejudice. In addition, this essay contains an advertisement for a This I Believe LP album.

William Dalrymple lecture entitled "Return of a King: Shah Shuja and the First Anglo-Afghan War 1839-42"

Sunil Amrith lecture entitled "Islam in the Bay of Bengal: Between Tamil and Malay Worlds"

Robert Travers, Assoc. Professor, Department of History, Cornell University. Lecture entitled "The Connected World of Haji Mustapha: an informer to the British in eighteenth century Bengal"