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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.

Participating Schools

In 2013-2014, nearly 1300 students and 50 educators at fifteen high schools around the state are participating in Snow in Wisconsin

School  City Lead Teachers
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