Shared Read

Every year, UWMC's Shared Reading Committee picks a book to be read in a wide variety of courses, with the following goals:

  • to develop a sense of solidarity among students
  • to promote reading
  • to help students draw connections across academic disciplines
  • to allow students to recognize relationships between their schoolwork and the wider world

The shared read also gives UWMC the chance to reach out to the local community by offering public programming.

For more information, contact Jason Siegel, UWMC English Lecturer and Shared Reading Committee Chair, 715-261-6289.

2014-15 Shared Reading Selection

The Price of CivilizationThe Shared Reading Committee has selected The Price of Civilization (2011), by Jeffrey D. Sachs as the campus shared read for the 2014-15 academic year. 

Written by a prominent international economist, the book examines the decline of American prosperity and offers a solution to it. 

Criticizing both Democrats and Republicans, Sachs argues that the deregulation of the Amercan economy that began during the Reagan administration has fostered an ethos of greed that has caused us to forskae the values of social responsibility, education, compassion, and stewardship that are necessary to maintain a balanced economy and a functional society. 

In the second half of the book, Sachs outlines a plan to reclaim these values in order to usher in a new era of American prosperity.  In the process, he touches on topics that include the American political system, the current environmental crisis, global economics, social psychology, and morality.  As a result, the book relates to a wide range of academic disciplines that include economics, math, political science, biology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy.  

 

Prior Selections

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World, by Eric WeinerThe Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World, by Eric Weiner

 

 

 

Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America, by Patrick Carr and Maria KefalasHollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America, by Patrick Carr and Maria Kefalas

 

 

 

 

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. NaylorAffluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
by John De Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor

 

 

 

 

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara EhrenreichNickel and Dimed
by Barbara Ehrenreich

 

 

 

 

Deep Economy by Bill McKibbenDeep Economy
by Bill McKibben

 

 

 

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot