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Prior Texts Resource Archive

Journey to the West in Wisconsin (2015-2016)

Our 2015-2016 program on Journey to the West connected over 60 teachers at 23 high schools across the state of Wisconsin. Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang joined us at our Annual Student Conference, where participating students presented their work on this classical Chinese novel and its Ming Dynasty contexts.
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Confessions in Wisconsin (2014-2015)

Our 2014-2015 text, Confessions, introduced high school teachers and students throughout the state to the many and often disparate selves of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Participating students presented their work on Rousseau's autobiography at the Annual Student Conference, where they engaged MacArthur Award-winning classicist Danielle S. Allen in a conversation about selfhood, citizenship and democratic politics.
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Snow in Wisconsin (2013-2014)

Our 2013-2014 program on Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk's Snow connected a record 1300 students and 50 educators from 15 schools throughout the state. Pamuk participated in our student conference on Monday, December 2, answering questions and viewing student work.
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The God of Small Things in Wisconsin (2012-2013)

Our 2012-2013 text, The God of Small Things, connected over 45 teachers and 500 students from 14 schools throughout the state in the study of this modern classic by Arundhati Roy, who gave the keynote address at our student conference on March 20, 2013, and a standing-room only public lecture on March 21, 2013, co-sponsored by the Distinguished Lecture Series, "An Evening with Arundhati Roy."
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Antigone in Wisconsin (2011-2012)

Antigone in Wisconsin marked the first work of drama covered by the Great World Texts program, and the first classic from ancient Greece. Over 900 students from sixteen high schools studied the text, and nearly 300 of those students attended the Spring Student Conference in March 2012, featuring a talk from Peter Meineck, renowned scholar and artistic director of Aquila Theatre.
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The Arabian Nights in Wisconsin (2010-2011)

The Arabian Nights in Wisconsin built upon the success of previous Great World Texts in Wisconsin programs. During the 2010-2011 academic year, high school and college classes from across the state participated in reading The Arabian Nights and presented their work to each other at a spring conference. Teachers attended two all-day workshops, at which they received an Educators' Guide to Teaching The Arabian Nights, heard talks from experts on the text and its contexts, and collaborated to plan their curricula.
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Things Fall Apart in Wisconsin (2009-2010)

Things Fall Apart in Wisconsin brought the modern Nigerian classic by Chinua Achebe to classrooms throughout the state at 27 participating high schools. In Spring 2010, students and educators visited Madison for a Spring Student Conference featuring celebrated novelist Chris Abani.
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The Brothers Karamazov in Wisconsin (2008-2009)

During the 2008-2009 academic year, high school and college classes from across the state participated in reading The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Instructors benefited from workshops and curriculum building exercises, and students gathered on the UW-Madison campus in the spring of 2009 to present their artistic, literary, and historical projects on the novel.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude in Wisconsin (2007-2008)

One Hundred Years of Solitude in Wisconsin continued the success of the Don Quixote in Wisconsin and the Dante's Inferno in Wisconsin programs with García Márquez's masterwork. In the 2007-2008 academic year, high school and college classes from across the state participated in reading this book. The program culminated in a student conference in the spring of 2008.
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Dante's Inferno in Wisconsin (2006-2007)

Dante's Inferno in Wisconsin was the second in a series of year-long collaborations sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, bringing classic world literature into the reach of teachers and students around the state.
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Don Quixote in Wisconsin (2005-2006, 2006-2007)

In 2005, Don Quixote in Wisconsin was the pilot version for a recurring annual series designed to foster the teaching and discussion of major works of literature, philosophy, and social thought, in this case the epic comic novel, Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes.
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