Common Reading

Ann Deavere Smith, 2011 Synergy Keynote Speaker


2011-12 Synergy Events

Events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public, unless otherwise noted.

Summer Discussion Groups

Thursday, June 2, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Saffo Room, Fisher Student Center

Wednesday, July 6, 11:00 - 12:00 pm, Masonboro Island Room, Fisher Student Center

Monday, August 8, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Masonboro Island Room, Fisher Student Center

Gather with faculty, staff, and student leaders for informal discussions of the 2011-12 Synergy selection, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Get ideas for using the book in the classroom and programming, discuss the themes, and share your thoughts. Resources and complimentary books, if needed will be provided. Join us for one session or all three!

Synergy Conversation Day (UNCWelcome Event)

Sunday, August 28, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Clock Tower Lounge, Fisher Student Center

Join other students for informal discussions of this year's common reading selection, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. All students and campus community welcome.

Other discussion groups are available throughout the day in the residence halls. Check with your RA regarding times and locations.

Anna Deavere Smith, Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change (Synergy Keynote)

Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Kenan Auditorium

Actress, playwright, and author Anna Deavere Smith, hailed by Newsweek as "the most exciting individual in American theatre," uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. She was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for creating a "new form of theatre - a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie." Her presentation is an exploration of race, community, and America, combining performance art with lecture. Slipping in and out of character, she constructs a diversity of emotions and points-of-view to bring people to a better understanding of the "complex identity of America."

Co-presented by the UNCW Leadership Lecture Series, University College, Women's Resource Center, and Upperman African-American Cultural Center. Tickets are free for students, faculty, and staff. For tickets, visit the Kenan Box Office or call at (910) 962-3500. Visit UNCW Presents for more speaker information and videos.

Synergy Conversation (Family Weekend Event)

Saturday, September 24, 10:30 - 11:30 am, Randall Library

Join students, faculty, staff, and family for an informal discussion of this year's Common Reading selection, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

Sponsored by Randall Library.

Screening and Discussion of Low and Behold, directed and co-written by Zack Godshall

Thursday, September 29, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Lumina Theater

Based on real events, Low and Behold tells the story of Turner Stull, a young insurance claims adjuster in post-Katrina New Orleans, who risks his job to help a local man, Nixon, find his lost dog. As this unlikely pair traverses the city, Turner comes to discover that some damage is immeasurable. Filmed on location in New Orleans, only months after Hurricane Katrina, Low and Behold blurs the line between reality and fiction, creating a mosaic of images, faces, and voices that together make for a unique cinematic experience.

This film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. Discussion with Zack Godshall, the filmmaker, following the screening.

Co-sponsored by Lumina Theater and Student Affairs. Visit Zack Godshall's website for more information about the film.

Synergy Panel Discussion, "Living in the Century of Disasters"

Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Kenan Hall 1111

From tsunamis and earthquakes to nuclear meltdowns and oil spills, we have seen a number of natural disasters and technological crises in a span of just ten years. Join a panel of professors and experts as they shed light on what we have learned from the political, social, and personal aspects of these catastrophic events and how we might prepare for and respond to such events in the future.

Art Exhibition, "The Katrina Collection" by Lori K. Gordon

Tuesday, October 18 - Monday, October 24, 7:00 am - 11:00 pm, Warwick Center Lobby

Artist Gallery Talk

Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Cultural Arts Building 2033

In 2005, Gordon was doing work on the Mississippi Gulf Coast when her studio and artworks were destroyed by a storm surge from Hurricane Katrina. She returned a few weeks later and began creating new collages of art using rubble and objects found in the destruction that remained. "The Katrina Collection" showcases mixed media pieces made from the rubble. Gordon's work can be found in galleries across the country, Barack Obama's private collection, and in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Co-sponsored by the Art and Art History Department, University College, Boseman Gallery, and Student Affairs. For more information on Lori K. Gordon, visit her website.

New Orleans Lunch

Thursday, October 20, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Wagoner Dining Hall

Enjoy NOLA inspired food, music, and festivities at Wagoner. Advance lunch tickets can be purchased at any campus dining location.

Co-sponsored by Campus Dining.