Women’s and Gender Studies Virtual Reading Group

The GWS Librarian and WGSC are collaborating to provide copies of Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi to GWS students interested in participating in a systemwide, Gender and Women’s Studies-based discussion group. Gyasi’s novel is the selected reading for UW-Madison’s annual Go Big Read event, an annual event that engages students, faculty and community members in a discussion and author visit on a recently published book. We are extending this discussion to the wider GWS community across UW System to connect students from all campuses in a discussion centered on the book’s key relevance to issues in Gender and Women’s Studies: gender, race, intersectionality, immigration, and the fluidity of identity and belonging. This is a powerful book focused on an immigrant Ghanaian family, their complexities, their heartbreaking trauma, and their emotional fight for survival. We will hold one virtual reading group in October to have a conversation with all participants. Students can then attend Yaa Gyasi’s Go Big Read Lecture the evening of November 3, 2021. We will host one more virtual reading group the week after the lecture to revisit previous discussion topics after hearing directly from the author.