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.

2013-14 Shared Reading Selection

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

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.

 

Prior Selections

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