Common Reading for WBIS
Every two years, the WBIS program selects a work of fiction or nonfiction as its common reading for all sections (including English 101 and English 110). A committee composed of WBIS teachers considers several books, most of which are recommended initially by WBIS instructors. We look for works that broaden our knowledge of the world and its people. We search for books that address basic issues of human existence: How do people live in the world today? What is important in life? We also seek works that enhance our appreciation for writing.
In previous years, our common readings have included A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat, Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman, and The Way to Rainy Mountain by M. Scott Momaday. All of the authors mentioned have also visited the UW Oshkosh campus.
Students enrolled in WBIS in Fall 2011 through Spring 2013 will read Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, a compelling true story of a Syrian American's experience during and after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Resources for instructors teaching Zeitoun will be provided on the WBIS Instructors D2L site.
An excellent starting point (including an overview of the book, interviews, FAQs, and updates) can be found at http://www.zeitounfoundation.org/.
Dr. Samantha Looker, WBIS Director