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Welcome to the Go Big Read Blog!

The Chancellor has selected In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan, as our inaugural common book. We welcome you to participate in Go Big Read by reading the book, attending the public lecture scheduled for September 24th, and participating in discussions and other programming to take place throughout the year.

The goals of Go Big Read include generating vigorous discussions and exchanges of diverse ideas; promoting connections among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the wider community; and tapping into the intellectual resources of the campus. This blog will be a venue for the sharing of ideas across communities, and we are soliciting contributions from individuals who bring a broad range of perspectives. We invite you to make suggestions for viewpoints and topics you would like to see represented and to comment on the blog posts.

We are fortunate in Wisconsin to be home to vibrant communities of interest around reading, agriculture, food and sustainability. Our university is home to individuals who can approach the topics discussed in In Defense of Food from many different disciplinary and personal perspectives. Our alumni and community members will bring additional viewpoints and experiences to our conversations.

Many of us feel passionately about the issues in the book, and this blog will be one venue to engage in constructive conversations and debates. Go Big Read is intended for everyone who would like to participate, whether we are engaged in these issues at home, in our work, as citizens, as learners, or as volunteers.

Sarah McDaniel
Project Manager, Go Big Read

20 thoughts on “Welcome to the Go Big Read Blog!

  1. Will this book be available to students/faculty/staff at a discounted price at the UW Bookstore or any other locations?

  2. First-year students and those using the book in a course will receive free copies in the fall. Other members of the campus community will be able to purchase copies at a substantial discount, with details to be announced soon. Some local book stores, including University Book Store, are offering the book at very substantial discounts.

    See http://www.gobigread.wisc.edu/book-access.html for updates and for information about copies from campus and public libraries.

    Sarah

  3. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan is a wonderful and informative book as is his The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. This book is for everyone who is curious about what we as humans should eat in order to live long and healthy lives.

  4. "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan is a wonderful and informative book as is his The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. This book is for everyone who is curious about what we as humans should eat in order to live long and healthy lives."

    First off…yes!