Common Reading



2014-15 Synergy Events-

Summer Discussion Group

Monday, August 4, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, DePaolo Hall Conference Room 1017

Gather with faculty, staff, and student leaders for informal discussions of Ready Player One, the 2014-2015 UNCW common reading title. Then work together to brainstorm ideas for using the book in your courses. Come to one, two or all three!

Synergy Conversation Day

Sunday, August 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clock Tower Lounge, Fisher Student Center

Join other students for informal discussions of this year's common reading selection, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. All students and campus community welcome.

Other discussion groups will be available throughout the day in the residence halls.

Check with your RAs for times and locations.

Synergy Happy Hour

Thursday, August 28, 4-6 p.m., Sharky's Box Office and Gameroom, Fisher Student Center

Sponsored by the Synergy Common Reading Experience and CROSSROADS.

Enjoy free games, free food and learn about DubQuest!

Randall Library Synergy Conversation

Saturday, September 27, 1-2 p.m., Randall Library

Sponsored by Randall Library

Join students, family, faculty, and staff for an informal discussion of this year's common reading selection, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Art Exhibition: Emerging Interactivity

Thursday, September 25, 5:30-7 p.m. (Reception), Boseman Gallery, Fisher University Union

Exhibited September 25-October 31

Artist and game designer Joshua Wilson will connect to Ready Player One with his innovative gaming systems and designs. This exhibit will feature projects that explore the visual nature of storytelling, the shape of music, and redefine classic games.

Synergy Panel Discussion: Technology and Identity

Tuesday, September 30, 5:30-6:45 p.m., Lumina Theater, Fisher Student Center

The societal implications of identity and technology are thoroughly and fascinatingly explored in this panel discussion with UNCW faculty and staff.

Careers in Video and Computer Gaming

Wednesday, October 8, 5-6:15 p.m., Teaching Lab #1053

Sponsored by the Career Center

Are you Ready for a career in video or computer gaming? Think the ultimate Player (YOU) can make the cut? You just may be the One to explore cool jobs and the people who do them! This Synergy program takes you on a journey into the Oasis that is careers in video and computer gaming.

Synergy Film: Video Games: The Movie

Monday, October 20, 7-9:15 p.m., Lumina Theater, Fisher Student Center

Sponsored by the Association for Campus Entertainment

Video Games: The Movie is a feature length documentary that aspires to both educate and entertain audiences about video game production, marketing, and consumption. Looking at gaming history and culture through the eyes of publishers, game developers, and consumers, this film addresses what it means to be a "gamer" and where the game industry is headed. The art of the video game medium and its storytelling abilities are also addressed, as well as global culture and industry that it is a part of. This film is free for everyone.

Synergy Keynote: Ernest Cline

Monday, November 3, 7 p.m., Burney Center

Sponsored by Campus Life Arts and Programs

The author of the 2014-15 Synergy Common Reading book, Ready Player One, Ernest Cline is no stranger to the world of technology and video games. Self-described as the "Biggest Geek in History," Cline's childhood centered around comic books and sci-fi novels, Dungeons & Dragons and video arcades. A New York Times bestseller, Ready Player One takes the reader on a thrilling ride while providing a commentary on the relationship between people and technology. The book is scheduled to be adapted into a film. Additionally, Cline performs slam poetry, and his work is featured on NPR and CBC Radio. Tickets available through Sharky's Box Office and Game Room or

Ready Player One Dinner

Wednesday, November 12, 5-7 p.m., Wagoner Dining Hall

Sponsored by Campus Dining

Join us in Wagoner Hall for a culinary event inspired by this year's Synergy reading, Ready Player One. There will be entertainment, giveaways, facts about Ernest Cline's book and more!