Snow in Wisconsin (2013-2014)
Snow in Wisconsin connected teachers and students throughout the state in the study of a novel by Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk. Snow was published in Turkish in 2002 and translated to English by Maureen Freely in 2004. A novel rich in character, themes, and historical and political complexity, Snow opens doors to interdisciplinary inquiry like few contemporary novels and provides a forum for critical investigation that challenges and inspires. Great World Texts in Wisconsin educators taught Snow in interdisciplinary teams at high school classrooms around the state with year-long support from UW-Madison faculty and staff.
Teachers participating in the program attended a two-day workshop for educators on Sept. 9-10, 2013, featuring talks by campus experts, workshopping activities and discussions, cultural and curricular presenations. In the spring semester participating teachers gathered in Madison again, this time joined by other educators state-wide and community members to discuss and strategize practices and possibilities in teaching world literature. The free, public, all-day conference was led by Great World Texts coordinators and Doris Sommer, founder of Cultural Agents and Pre-Texts, and Ira Jewell Williams, Jr., Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Sessions were also led by UW-Madison faculty and staff, and veteran teachers in the Great World Texts program.
Teaching Resources: click here for the 2013-2014 Teaching Snow in Wisconsin Guide and supporting materials.
Snow in Wisconsin was an initiative of the UW-Madison's Center for the Humanities, supported by the A.W. Mellon Foundation; UW-Madison Libraries; The Evjue Foundation; the Center for German and European Studies; the Anonymous Fund of the College of Letters & Science; Distinguished Lecture Series; the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA); and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
2013-2014 Annual Conference Keynote: Orhan Pamuk
Orhan Pamuk is the Nobel Prize-winning author of Snow, the selected text for the 2013-2014 Great World Texts in Wisconsin program. He was named among world’s 100 intellectuals by Prospect magazine and, in 2006, TIME magazine chose him as one of the 100 most influential persons of the world. Snow was selected as one of the best 100 books of 2004 by The New York Times and went on to win the Le Prix Méditerranée étranger in 2006. Pamuk met with students and answered student questions at our student conference on Monday, December 2, 2013. That evening, Pamuk also delivered a free public lecture co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series.
In 2013-2014, nearly 1300 students and 50 educators at fifteen high schools around the state are participating in Snow in Wisconsin.
|Bangor High School||Bangor||Ryan Strunz|
|Bonduel High School||Bonduel||Hannah Frisch|
|Clark Street Community School||Middleton||Bryn Orum and Robyn Roberts|
|Cochrane-Fountain City High School||Cochrane/Fountain City||Terri Karsten|
|Community High School||Milwaukee||William Harvill|
|Madison East High School||Madison||William Gibson, Sarah Motl,
Amy Isensee and Kent Wannebo
|Janesville Academy||Janesville||Jane Thompson with Katherine Conover|
|Kohler High School||Kohler||Kyle McGilligan-Benton|
|Lodi High School||Lodi||Kara Bercher and Amanda Pate|
|Necedah High School||Necedah||Mikki Maddox|
|New Horizons Charter School||Shorewood||Renee Glembin and Bohdan Nedilisky|
|Osseo-Fairchild High School||Osseo-Fairchild||Dee Beasley|
|Southern Door High School||Brussels||Erika May|
|Washington High School||Milwaukee||Alex Branderhorst|
|St. Francis Xavier High School||Appleton||Lynn Zetzman|
2013-2014 Snow in Wisconsin Class of Educators