Common Read Selection

“I’m An American” by Teran Powell

Dear UWM Campus Community,

We are thrilled to announce that the WUWM “I’m An American” series by Teran Powell has been selected as UW-Milwaukee’s 2019 Common Reading Experience text. Access the series on WUWM’s website. Alternative text format of the selection is available here.

Entering first-year students will receive the article at New Student Orientation.** Discussions with faculty and staff members will be held on Panther Academic Welcome (PAW) during Fall Welcome on Friday, August 30, 2019.
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This is the eighth year of the Common Reading Experience at UW-Milwaukee.

2012: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
2013: The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
2014: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
2015: Meet Me Halfway – Milwaukee Stories by Jennifer Morales
2016: Fear of a Black President by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2017: Real Patriots Ask Questions by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
2018: Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took On the Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement, by Roxane Gay

The Common Reading Experience is co-sponsored by New Student Programs, the Student Success Center and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The selection committee consisted of Carl Bogner, Film, Faculty Chair; Sarah MacDonald, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; Mary Brehm, English; Heather Carroll, Writing Center, UWM at Waukesha; Amarjeet Gill, University IT Services; Steven Gorski, School of Education & Mathematics; Ellyn Lem, English, UWM at Waukesha; Justin Miller, Anthrophology; Megan Muthupandiyan, English, UWM at Washington County; Liana Odrcic, English; Kathleen Quirk, University Relations; Jacob Seuferer, Sophomore, Criminal Justice;  Deb Siebert, English; Markia Silverman-Rodriguez, Sophomore, Creative Writing; Elizabeth Silverstein, English; Jessica Stroud, College of Engineering & Applied Science; Emma Mae Webber, Sophomore, Women’s and Gender Studies.

Questions about the program can be directed to Colin Daly, Director of New Student Programs at 414-229-3309 or


Carl Bogner, Faculty Chair of the Selection Committee
Sarah MacDonald, Teaching, Learning and Technology Consultant, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Colin Daly, Director, New Student Programs

**Alternative text format of the selection is available here for students or staff. Students anticipating needing regular accommodations should contact the Accessibility Resource Center. Please email, call (414) 229-6287, or visit the office in Mitchell Hall, Room 112 contact for further information.

About the Series
“I’m An American” spotlights perspectives otherwise overshadowed in the national conversations surrounding civility and tolerance. Through this series, Powell has sought out community members whose voices all bring resonating depths to the ongoing conversation. The individuals interviewed in the series each provide a unique set of live experiences, their stories addressing, for example, immigration; parenthood; and community activism. With the enhancing availability of each of the ten-minute interviews “I’m An American” affords readers further access in meeting the voices of these community members.

Access the series and interviews on WUWM’s website.

About the Author
In 2018, Teran became WUWM’s race & ethnicity reporter. She joined WUWM in the fall of 2017 as the station’s very first Eric Von Fellow. Teran began her journalism career during her years as a student at Marquette University. She worked as a reporter for Marquette student media and the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service covering local events and community activists. She has also freelanced for the Shepherd Express and worked as a show editor for Fox 6 News. A Chicago native, Teran’s passion for journalism lies within being up close and personal with people in the community and the happenings that affect them directly. With a genuine passion for storytelling, Teran’s goal is to tell the stories that need to be told.