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 Distinguished Lecture Series.

Teaching Resources

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 Guide

Conference Program

Keynote Speaker: Student Conference and Public Lecture

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.

Support for The God of Small Things in Wisconsin

The God of Small Things 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.

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Participating Schools

In 2012-2013, nearly 500 students and 45 educators at 14 high schools around the state participated in The God of Small Things in Wisconsin.

  • Clark Street Community School, MIDDLETON
  • Community High School, MILWAUKEE
  • Janesville Academy, JANESVILLE
  • Kohler High School, KOHLER
  • Lodi High School, LODI
  • Milwaukee High School of the Arts, MILWAUKEE
  • Necedah Area High School, NECEDAH
  • New Horizons Charter School, MILWAUKEE
  • Osseo-Fairchild High School, OSSEO
  • Professional Learning Institute, MILWAUKEE
  • Shorewood High School, SHOREWOOD
  • Southern Door High School, BRUSSELS
  • Washington High School, MILWAUKEE
  • West Allis Central High School, WEST ALLIS