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Month: August 2013

Ruth Ozeki on “Book Talk”

Haven’t yet gotten a chance to start this year’s Go Big Read book, A Tale for the Time Being? Or read it already, and want to learn more about the thought process behind the book? Author Ruth Ozeki recently sat down with Ryan Van Winkle, host of the “Book Talk” podcast, to talk about the book and how it got written. It’s a great interview; Ozeki is candid about writing, about inspiration, about the reader-writer relationship, and about all of the strange things that go into the creation of a story.

Author Ruth Ozeki

Whether you’ve already blazed through A Tale for the Time Being or need to have your appetite whetted, spend the afternoon with Ruth Ozeki!

The interview runs approximately 40 minutes, and you can listen to it for free here.

If you haven’t yet gotten your hands on a copy of A Tale for the Time Being, check out our website for information on how to access the book.

Suicide Prevention: Go Big Read to Partner with UHS and ASK.LISTEN.SAVE.

In “Tale for the Time Being,” Go Big Read author Ruth Ozeki explores themes of trauma including sexual assault, bullying, and suicide. We are working hard to develop resources for anyone who needs support.

Program staff have met with campus experts affiliated with University Health Services to plan resources for students, faculty, staff, and community members who want advice and support, and those materials are being finalized.  The student organization ASK.LISTEN.SAVE. is also planning to get involved. Until we get those finalized, here are a few key resources.

ASK.LISTEN.SAVE. is a suicide prevention organization at UW-Madison

The National Suicide Prevention hotline number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

University Health Services (UHS) has a 24-hour crisis line (608-265-5600, option 2 for counseling services or option 9 for 24-hour mental health crisis services for students). 

Feel free to contact us with suggestions, questions, or connections with the experts.  We are glad to have expert advice to help us foster thoughtful discussions about difficult issues.

Sarah McDaniel
Program Manager, Go Big Read

NIH Reaches Agreement with Family of Henrietta Lacks

The Go Big Read selection from 2011-12, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, has continued to generate a lot of discussion across campus.  So today’s announcement from the National Institutes of Health is big news: 

The understanding reached with the Lacks family respects their wishes to enable scientific progress while ensuring public acknowledgement of the enormous contribution made by the late Henrietta Lacks. In addition, the understanding gives the Lacks family a seat at the table in reviewing applications for controlled access to Henrietta Lacks’ whole genome data. (NIH Press Release, August 7, 2013)

Analysis of the agreement has already appeared prominently in both The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times.  Looks like it’s getting a lot of discussion in both locations, as well as from experts at UW.  So great to know that a Go Big Read book has garnered such sustained interest.  

Sarah McDaniel, Go Big Read