The Wingate Reading Experience takes you far beyond the pages of a book.

students sitting and talking outside on sunny day with textbooksThe Wingate Reading Experience (WiRE) is just that: an experience. Every year, students and faculty are encouraged to read and engage with the same book.

But it’s not just any book. It’s a timely book with an international focus that ties in with the GPS curriculum. It’s written by an author who’s willing to make an important issue come alive on campus. The author visits the university to talk about the personal experiences that inspired the book.

The 2015 Book

We’ve chosen Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario for 2015. The award-winning book is based on a series of articles written and reported for the Los Angeles Times by Nazario. Both Nazario and the photographer for the series won Pulitzer Prizes in 2003 for their work.

Previous Books

2014: On That Day Everybody Ate: One Woman’s Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti by Margaret Trost

2013: Wine to Water: How One Man Saved Himself While Trying to Save the World by Doc Hendley

2012: Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami

2011: Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan

2010: Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People that Make Our Clothes by Kelsey Timmerman

Contests. Service Initiatives. Community.

The experience doesn’t stop there. A number of events throughout the year correspond to the book:

  • Students compete in an essay-writing contest.
  • Students discuss the selection in many GATE 101 classes.
  • Professors weave the book into their courses, giving you different takes on it.

Other events spurred by the book could be scheduled too. For example, Margaret Trost’s Black in Latin America: Haiti Then and Now served up a hunger banquet reflecting a traditional Haitian meal. Students also packed meals to send to Haiti for the Stop Hunger Now campaign.

WiRE isn’t just a reading assignment. It’s a campus-wide initiative that brings the campus community together and helps others in the process.

Want to Know More?

If you have questions about WiRE, stop by the second floor of the Stegall Administration Building. Or call or e-mail Marisa Ciesluk.