A Commitment to Common Experience
The Common Reading Experience (CRE) is a joint project sponsored by the Student Success Center and CETL. The CRE goals are as follows:
- To spark conversation about important social and moral issues
- To connect first-year students with faculty and staff members from disciplines around the university
- To introduce students to the nature of university work and discussion
By asking the incoming class of first-year students to read and discuss the same text, students have an opportunity to share how the ideas affected them and understand how and why someone else may have interpreted the text differently.
This year, the CRE Committee has selected Roxane Gay’s “Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took On The Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement,” published earlier this year in Smithsonian.
All UWM staff and faculty are invited to volunteer to facilitate a CRE discussion section. To volunteer, do the following:
- Sign up be a CRE facilitator
- Sign up attend the CRE Facilitator Workshop (below). The workshops will include materials and strategies to prepare facilitators for the CRE discussions.