What do Emily Dickinson, Martin Luther King, Walt Whitman, Shakespeare and Gandhi have to do with breaking down economic barriers that so many low-income adults face today? A whole lot, says Emily Auerbach, Project Director of the UW-Madison Odyssey Project and award-winning English Professor. Each Wednesday from September to May, low-income adults enrolled as UW special students in the Odyssey Project, gain a voice and a sense of empowerment through lively discussions of literature, history, philosophy, art and writing. They receive six credits through the English Department, and for many it is the launching pad for a college education or skilled career path.
On this program, Tosumba Welch, one of the Odyssey Project’s many success stories, joins Emily Auerbach and describes how his life has been changed and gives us a sample of his writing and oratory skills.
The public is invited to attend the 2016 graduation ceremony, Wednesday, May 4, 6:30-8:00 PM in Varsity Hall at Union South. For more information go to odyssey.wisc.edu.