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The God of Small Things in Wisconsin (2012-2013)

The God of Small Things in Wisconsin connected teachers and students 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 Distinguisthed Lecture Series, "An Evening with Arundhati Roy."

Teachers participating in the program attended workshops for educators on October 1, 2012 and February 4, 2013, where they received materials, heard presentations from campus experts, and collaborated to prepare to teach the text and bring their students to campus.

Teaching Resources: click here for the 2012-2013 Teaching The God of Small Things in Wisconsin Guide and supporting materials.

The God of Small Things in Wisconsin is 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 South Asia; the departments of Theatre and Drama, Classics, English and Comparative Literature; Global Studies; Integrated Liberal Studies; the Anonymous Fund of the College of Letters & Science; Distinguished Lectures Series; and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

2012-2013 Annual Conference Keynote: Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is an Indian novelist and political activist. She is the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel and the selected text for this year's Great World Texts in Wisconsin program, The God of Small Things (1997). In 2004, Roy was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize for her non-violent advocacy. Roy met with students and answered student questions at our student conference on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. She also delivered a free public lecture co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Participating Schools

In 2012-2013, nearly 500 students and 45 educators at fourteen high schools around the state participated in The God of Small Things in Wisconsin.

School  City Lead Teacher
Clark Street Community School Middleton Bryn Orum
Community High School Milwaukee William Harvill
Janesville Academy Janesville Katherine Conover
Kohler High School Kohler Kyle McGilligan-Benton
Lodi High School Lodi Kara Bercher
Milwaukee High School of the Arts Milwaukee Krista Claypool
Necedah High School Necedah Mikki Maddox
New Horizons Charter School Shorewood Renee Glembin and Bohdan Nedilisky
Osseo-Fairchild High School Osseo-Fairchild Dee Beasley
Professional Learning Institute Milwaukee Ryan Clancy
Shorewood High School Shorewood Jessica Braun
Southern Door High School Brussels Erika May
Washington High School Milwaukee Alex Branderhorst
West Allis Central High School West Allis Kathy Yates