Common Read Selection

Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took On The Miss
America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement

by Roxane Gay

Dear UWM Campus Community,

We are thrilled to announce that Roxane Gay’s 2018 article from Smithsonian magazine titled “Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took On The Miss
America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement”, has been selected as UW-Milwaukee’s 2018 Common Reading Experience text.

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 31, 2018.
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This is the seventh 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

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; Casey O’Brien, Letters and Science, Women & Gender Studies; Kyla Esguerra, Office of Undergraduate Research; Jacob Seuferer, Freshman, Criminal Justice; Molly Mathias, UWM Libraries; Sabine Schwark, Health Sciences; Nicole Bungert, UWM Libraries; Justin Miller, Anthrophology; Cheryl Andres, Academic Affairs; Vicki Bott, English; Deb Siebert, English; Mary Brehm, English; Liana Odrcic, English; Kari Stockheimer, Nursing; Margaret Noodin, Electa Quinney Institute; Bernard Zinck, Music; Lynn Helmke, Nursing; Kate Negri, Graduate School

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
Casey O’Brien, Program Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Colin Daly, Director, New Student Programs

**Alternative text is available to students or staff through the Accessibility Resource Center. Please contact Aura Hirschman, or 414-229-5660 for further information.

About the Article
A work of history, Gay’s essay speaks to, and edifies, the project of resistance alive on our campus and throughout our community today. The conversation about these protests – now 50 years-old – will readily intersect with considerations about student engagement today: the March for Our Lives; the Me Too movement; the Women’s March. Also, Gay’s mode of historiography, her cultural criticism, provide a clear gateway to apply cultural criticism to the otherwise untroubled everyday. Through her lively voice and her deft analytical turns, Gay models a mode of critical awareness that is smart, nondogmatic, and accessible to all.

To access the article, you can read it on your flash drive or check it out online: 2018 Article

About the Author

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014Best American Short Stories 2012Best Sex Writing 2012A Public SpaceMcSweeney’sTin HouseOxford AmericanAmerican Short FictionVirginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books AyitiAn Untamed State, the New York Timesbestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects. In 2018, Gay was named a Guggenheim Fellow.