Humanities

The Life-Changing Magic of Children’s Books

Miranda: I grew up in Green Bay, right near the edge of town. It used to be lots of cornfields and forests, but now it’s mostly subdivisions. I was a very early reader; I started reading before kindergarten. I didn’t grow up in a house with a lot of books, but we did have one of those complete …

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Miranda & Baptiste Paul | Bellevue, WI

“Once you figure out who you are and what is special about you, that stays with you.”

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. With its whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, this program has been transformational. Emily Auerbach is the co-founder of Odyssey. Emily: My mother was …

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Emily and Bob Auerbach | Madison, WI

“No matter how big the obstacles are in front of you—success is possible.”

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. With its whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, this program has been transformational. Marisol Gonzalez is an alumna of Odyssey.  Several years ago, my …

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Marisol Gonzalez | Wisconsin, WI

“This one class opened up so many doors.”

Every day, people are released from prison and return to communities across the state to rebuild their lives. Wisconsin has an incarceration rate of 676 per 100,000 people and, notably, imprisons Black men at a higher rate than any other state in America. For all returning people, the barriers they face are overwhelming and can lead to …

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Jaime Etheridge | West Bend, WI