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UW-Madison and the Peace Corps

Did you know that UW-Madison has a long, proud history with the Peace Corps? Last week, our campus was again named the nation’s “top producer of Peace Corps volunteers.” You can read more about our history with the Peace Corps here.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

This news comes at a particularly interesting time, as Go Big Read’s 2014-15 theme is “service.” Last week, the selection committee met to establish a shortlist of books to consider; for the next few weeks, we’ll be reading and discussing these books. It’s an exciting time, and while we can’t give any hints yet, we can’t wait until we make an official announcement!

There are a lot of reasons to be proud of being a Badger, and our history of service is definitely one of them. You can find out more about the Peace Corps on the organization website, and check out the annual rankings of universities. If you’re interested in volunteering for the Peace Corps, stop by the UW-Madison Peace Corps office in 156 Red Gym, or visit their website.

5,500+ Books in Under a Minute

More than 5,500 copies of  A Tale for the Time Being flew out the doors of the Kohl Center after Convocation.  Checkout this cool 60 seconds time lapse video of all those books leaving.

Also, keep an eye out for a special glimpse of Bucky.  Many lucky students received their book directly from him!

Note: Change the video quality to 1080p HD if this is fuzzy for you. 

*A special thank you to Dave Luke for producing this video.   

Wanted: Volunteer Book Discussion Leaders

We’re seeking staff and student volunteers to help the UW’s Common Book Project have a good first year. The Book Discussion Planning Committee of Go Big Read is putting together a roster of trained volunteers to facilitate small group book discussions around campus and out in the community. You don’t need to have any prior experience or particular expertise to volunteer, just a willingness to get involved in helping out with the Chancellor’s new community-building initiative.

Facilitated discussions of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food are an important part of the year-long program that will help build momentum and will give students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to get together to talk about a common subject. And for volunteer facilitators, this will be an opportunity for some great experience — and for some fun, too. In terms of time commitment, you may choose to facilitate just one discussion, or several. It will be up to you, depending on your schedule and availability. We only ask that you commit to attending one 1 1/2 hour training session and to leading one small group discussion sometime during the academic year. We’ll also be holding optional quasi-social monthly meetings for our volunteer facilitators so we can discuss any challenges we’ve faced and share our success stories.

Drop me an email if you know you’re interested–or even just think you may be interested–at horning at We have three training sessions scheduled for facilitators in the next few weeks and they’re filling up fast so if you’d like to volunteer, now is the time.

We hope you’ll join us!

–KT Horning