Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thanks for commenting!

Once again, thanks for leaving your comments on the Go Big Read blog. Go Big Read is a conversation between members of UW-Madison campus and community, and we love  to hear what you have to say about Enrique's Journey.

Here's just a few of the many thought-provoking comments you've shared:

On Ted Talks: Tan Lee's Immigration Story:
 We must understand, that a person who has to leave his country, by obligation, is a person who suffers, no one leaves home where he has grown, for pleasure. We have to have more empathy and respect for immigrants, who leave their country looking for a better place to live, and sometimes only find contempt and indifference.
On Alabama churches lose Hispanic parishioners:
...Since the influx of illegal aliens into Alabama, teens as a group have been the most underemployed in the states history.

The situation impacted close to home. In my own family, my just graduated from HS teen was working two part time jobs to make ends meet and save for college and a car. But when the immigration law passed in Alabama, he was offered full time hours at one job, THE VERY NEXT DAY. He was able to quit his second job and that job then went to another American citizen who had been unemployed.

It's nothing against anyone. It's not racist. It's just that we feel our sons and daughters and friends should be working FIRST. But it is extremely hard to compete with a labor force that will work under the table.
On Immigration and the State of the Union:
It's easy to overlook the contribution that immigrants make to our society. I think we should make every effort to remove the threat of deportation from people who have lived their entire lives in America.

Do you have a reaction to Enrique's Journey, or an immigration story of your own? Are you reading the book for a spring course? Leave a comment and let us know what YOU think!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Our Nations of Others Winners Recognized

Last night, the winners of the Our Nations of Others contest were recognized at an awards ceremony, which also featured a keynote by Don Bartletti, Enrique's Journey photojournalist. The Our Nations of Others contest invited members of the UW campus and surrounding community to submit creative reactions to this year's Go Big Read selection.

Winners were announced in five categories:
  • UW undergraduate student: "Generosity & El Tren Devorador," photography by Kat Cameron, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
  • UW graduate student: "From the Eyes of the Train," acrylic on canvas by Beatriz Botero, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • UW faculty or staff: "Going to the United States-1906-2006, mixed media by Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, Ebling Library
  • Dane County K-12 student: "The American Dream," drawing on wood by Ana Teresa Montes Jimenez, East High School
  • Dane County community resident: "Wake Up Call," essay by Stephanie Lowden of Madison 
A selection of the works, including the winners as well as several other pieces, is on display in the Multicultural Center Gallery at UW Madison's Red Gym until March 30.  Click here for further information about the contest and winners. Congratulations to all participants!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Personalidades: Don Bartletti

The UW Madison Department of Spanish and Portuguese, with L&S Learning Support Services, recently had the opportunity to interview Enrique's Journey photojournalist Don Bartletti for their podcast, "Personalidades."  Bartletti discusses the stories behind his photographs and his work with Enrique's Journey author Sonia Nozario. Click here to view the podcast, and leave a comment to let us know what you think!

The UW Madison community will have the opportunity to meet Bartletti next week for the Our Nations of Others exhibit and ceremony to acknowledge winners. Head over to the Our Nations of Others page to see the schedule of events. Interested in seeing Bartletti's work? An exhibit of his photography is available at Ebling Library. Stop over and check it out!