Wisconsin Reads “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House explores cultural differences and divisions we see within Wisconsin communities, as well as efforts to close those gaps. Capturing the story of a 13-year-old Chippewa boy, Joe Coutts, who witnesses the trauma of a sexual assault on his mother, the vision of Wisconsin Reads The Round House is to provide diverse audiences access to an important story of how sexual assault impacts a Native American family and its surrounding community. To reach our goal of enhancing youth literacy as well, Wisconsin Reads The Round House also includes two companion read programs geared toward young audiences with Erdrich’s book of poems Jacklight and her children’s novel The Birchbark House.   

Please see the Wisconsin Reads The Round House website for events taking place in Baraboo, Hayward/LCO, Marshfield, Rice Lake, Waukesha/Milwaukee, Madison, and West Bend. And don’t forget to “like” Wisconsin Reads The Round House: An NEA Big Read on Facebook! There are a wide range of events associated with this project, including discussion groups, literary fests/readings, and cultural events.

Jo Teut, our Diversity Specialist, will be hosting and facilitating a three-part discussion in Madison on the following dates:

April 4, 2018 12:00-1:00 pm (Part One)
April 11, 2018 12:00-1:00 pm (Part Two)
April 18, 2018 12:00-1:00 pm (Part Three)

Participants will receive an electronic copy of the book. However, participants will also be able to request a copy from their local library or purchase their own copy if desired.

To participate in this three-part book discussion, please register by April 2nd, 2018. Registered participants will receive reminders, information about accessing the book, and location details.


Howard Thurman Conference

Howard Thurman Conference

April 26-27, 2018


A Legacy Toward Community: Howard Thurman’s Vision of Authentic Self. Love. Justice. Reconciliation.

The Racial Equity Team recommends this conference that reanimates the remarkable contribution of Howard Thurman, through lectures, breakout discussions, and times of contemplative reflection.

The conference  will be held April 26-27, 2018 at Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall, Suite 20,  Madison, WI. Click on the title link above to learn more & register.

This event is hosted by Upper House in partnership with the Bradshaw-Knight Foundation and Selfless Ambition.