Wisconsin Reads The Round House: An NEA Big Read is a project of University of Wisconsin Colleges and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community Colleges’ students, faculty, and staff to bring communities around the state together to discuss Louise Erdrich’s The Round House. Written in the voice of a thirteen-year-old boy named Joe, whose mother has been brutally raped, the novel explores the impact of the rape on family members and the tribal community in particular, as well as the larger issue of sexual assault on Native American women.
With discussions, films, lectures, art exhibits, and story-telling workshops on university campuses and public libraries in the cities and surrounding areas of Rice Lake, Hayward/LCO, Marshfield, Baraboo, Waukesha and Milwaukee in March and April of 2018, the project will also provide programming for area youth, who will be introduced to Erdrich’s children’s novel The Birchbark House, as well as her poetry.
With over 70 events around the state, the project also features an eBook of The Round House, which will be available to anyone who would like to participate in Wisconsin during the Big Read period. Online resources for groups, individuals, and classrooms outside of the participating communities will also be provided through the Wisconsin Reads The Round House: An NEA Big Read website (available in September) and through the UW Colleges.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The University of Wisconsin Colleges is one of 75 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2017 and June 2018. The NEA presents NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.
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