Suggest the Next Go Big Read!

December 9th, 2015

What should be our next big read?
Chancellor Rebecca Blank and a review committee of campus faculty, staff and students are calling for your suggestions for the 2016-2017 common book program.

As a theme for this next year, your suggestions–either fiction or nonfiction titles–should be those that examine issues of immigration and community (personal narratives or policy matters).  As the Chancellor states, “America is a nation of people with roots throughout the world. Immigration is a topic that will lend itself to sharing our own stories of where we come from, as well as sparking a wide range of discussions about how we build community.”

Submit your recommendations, before the deadline, January 24, by completing the online form.

The ideal book selection should meet and exceed the following qualities:

  • Be readable (relevant, engaging, and well-written)
  • Appeal to readers with diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to facilitate discussions from different points of view
  • Be conducive to teaching and learning with opportunities for integration into a wide variety of academic programs
  • Lend itself to a mix of activities and programming (maybe even an author visit!)

A running list of suggested titles can be viewed at the Go Big Read site.

Go Big Read is UW-Madison’s common book program where students, staff and the community are invited to read the same book then participate in a variety of related programs in-and-out of the classroom. Go Big Read will welcome your participation with this new title during the forthcoming academic year.

Read the Press Release!