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.
2013-14 Shared Reading Selection
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World, by Eric Weiner
Weiner is a journalist and self-professed curmudgeon who traveled around the world to see how other countries define happiness. In the process he visited the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bhutan, Qatar, Iceland, Moldova, Thailand, Great Britain, and India. Weiner devotes one chapter to each of these countries and one to the United States, recounting his experiences as a world traveler and ruminating on the elusive source of happiness. The book sheds light, not only the different world views that Weiner encounters, but on American life as well by exposing our own assumptions, attitudes, and desires.
Hollowing 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. Naylor
Nickel and Dimed
by Barbara Ehrenreich
by Bill McKibben
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot