Kewaunee High School was among those from around the state that sent students to the Great World Texts Annual Student Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 9.

The KHS students are currently studying Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring.”

Kelli Barta was the school ambassador who was responsible for asking a question of the keynote speaker, author and biologist Sandra Steingraber. Benji Worth representing KHS at Great World Text gave a plenary presentation to the 800-plus students in attendance, sharing the results of the experiment he & his team designed & conducted.

Steingraber is a renowned biologist and cancer survivor who has written on the links between human health and the environment.

The Great World Texts in Wisconsin program has allowed state high school students to experience classic works of world literature for over a decade, letting students grapple with difficult texts ranging from the canonical (The Arabian Nights, Dante’s Inferno) to modern masterpieces such as Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and Orhan Pamuk’s Snow.

Each year participating students read and discuss one such work in their classrooms, and create projects which connect the book to their own interests.

The Great World Texts program is an initiative of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Humanities. Support for this year’s program comes from A.W. Mellon Foundation, the Evjue Foundation, UW-Madison Libraries, the Department of History, the Anonymous Fund of the College of Letters & Science, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Photo: Pre-AP biology students from Kewaunee High School attended the Great World Texts Annual Student Conference at UW-Madison. Source: Facebook/Kewaunee School District