The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee is excited to announce the 2015 Common Reading Experience selection:

Meet Me Halfway -  Milwaukee Stories

by Jennifer Morales

Dear UWM Campus Community,
Morales-Meet-Me-Halfway-c We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Morales' new book Meet Me Halfway - Milwaukee Stories has been selected as UW-Milwaukee’s 2015 Common  Reading Experience book.    

Entering first-year students will receive the book at New Student Orientation this summer.** Discussions with faculty members will be held on Panther Academic Welcome Day (PAWD) during Fall Welcome on August 31, 2015.

This is the fourth year of the Common Reading Experience at  UW-Milwaukee. 

2012: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

2013:The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang

2014: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Common Reading Experience is co-sponsored by the Student Success Center and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The selection committee consisted of Rob Smith, History, Faculty Chair; Samantha Glazer, Student Success Center Graduate Assistant; Kate Ganski, UWM Librarian; Laretta Henderson, Information Studies, Faculty; Carl Bogner, Film, Faculty; Leah Leone, Translation and Interpreting Services, Faculty; Rachel Buff, History, Faculty; Warren Scherer, Director of Inclusive Excellence Center; Vintinita Goodman-Johnson, Nursing, Student Success Center Mentor; Danielle Stobb, JAMS, Resident Assistant; Jeb Ebben, Social Welfare, Student Success Center Mentor; Mark Eckman, Center for International Education; Mary Andres, Children's Learning Center; Colin Daly, Director of New Student Programs in the Student Success Center; Matt Russell, Graduate Student Programming Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Questions about the program can be directed to Colin Daly, Director of New Student Programs in the Student Success Center at 414-229-3309 or


Rob Smith, Faculty Chair of the Selection Committee 
Matt Russell, Program Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Colin Daly, Director, Student Success Center


**Alternative text is available to students or staff through the Accessibility Resource Center. Please contact Aura Hirschman, or 414-229-5660 for further information.

About the Book
Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city's struggle to establish a common ground and collective vision of the future. As an activist mother in the thick of Milwaukee politics, Morales developed a keen ear and a tender heart for kids who have inherited the city's troubled racial legacy. With a critical eye on promises unfulfilled, Meet Me Halfway raises questions about the notion of a "postracial" society and, with humor and compassion, lifts up the day-to-day work needed to get there.

About the Author
Morales-Jennifer-2014-cJennifer Morales lived for more than twenty years in Milwaukee, where she raised children and served on the Milwaukee Board of School Directors - the first Latino/a elected to it. She earned her MFA from Antioch University-Los Angeles. She now lives in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and is a board member of the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Driftless Writing Center.

Learn more about Meet Me Halfway - Milwaukee Stories

The First-Year Common Read Experience presents An Evening with Jennifer Morales, author of Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories Tuesday, October 6, 2015 7pm UWM Union Ballroom Free and open to the public with ticket. Click Here for more information!


Author Jennifer Morales will speak about her book, Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories, UWM’s 2015 First-Year Common Read Experience selection. Morales will share experiences of living in Milwaukee for more than 20 years, raising children in the city, being the first Latino/a elected to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, and being a part of many communities within one of the nation’s most segregated cities. She’ll talk about how those years of work to address access and inequality brought her into the lives of diverse people who inspired the beautifully rendered characters of her collection of short stories.

Tickets are available at the UWM Union Information Desk or by calling 414.229.4825. For more information, contact Student Involvement: 414.229.5780. Sponsored by UWM Student Involvement, Student Success Center, Sociocultural Programming, the Cultures and Communities Program and the Roberto Hernández Center.


ME Meet Me Halfway - Milwaukee Stories By Jennifer Morales. 2015. Terrace Books, Madison, WI. 202 pp.