Common Reading


2016-17 Synergy Events

The Refugee Journey
Burney Center
Tuesday, September 13
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come experience an interactive journey that will engage participants as they travel from the decisions that have to be made when faced with persecution through the process one must undergo to rebuild their life in Wilmington. Come experience life through a Refugee’s eyes as the Interfaith Refugee Ministry guides you through this interactive refugee simulation.

Sponsored by Office of Student Leadership and Engagement and Interfaith Refugee Ministry 

Themes and Challenges of Little Bee: Book Discussion
DePaolo Hall, Conference Room 1018
Tuesday, September 13
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Counseling Center

Yellow Ribbons
DePaolo Conference room 1018
Wednesday, September 14
4 p.m.

The yellow ribbon campaign is dedicated to preventing suicide by removing barriers to help, increasing awareness, and reducing stigma to help save lives. Join members of the UNCW Counseling Center to discuss suicide prevention efforts on campus, the importance of hope/resiliency, and review the warning signs and risk factors for suicide.

Sponsored by the Counseling Center

International Internship and Service Learning Fair
Chancellors Walk outside Leutze Hall - rain location Fisher Student Center Lobby
Tuesday, September 20
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Have you ever dreamt of completing a marketing internship in London? Or considered volunteering to conserve sea turtles in Costa Rica? Come chat with regional experts on how to identify quality opportunities in your field and learn how you can make the most out of your experience abroad!

Sponsored by the Office of International Programs

Family & Alumni Weekend Little Bee Book Discussion
Randall Library
Saturday, September 24
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Join students, family, faculty, and staff for an informal discussion on this year’s reading selection, Little Bee by Chris Cleave. While in Randall Library be sure to visit the Second Floor Gallery exhibit celebrating a decade of Synergy: UNCW’s Common Reading Experience. There is also a book and DVD display for this year’s selection Little Bee.

Sponsored by Randall Library 

Film Screening: Lost Boys of Sudan
Lumina Theater, Fisher Student Center
Monday, October 3
7 p.m.

For the last 20 years, civil war has raged in Sudan, killing and displacing millions. Lost Boys of Sudan follows two young refugees from the Dinka tribe, Peter and Santino, through their first year in America. Along with 20,000 other boys, they lost their families and wandered hundreds of miles across the desert seeking safety. After a decade in a Kenyan refugee camp, nearly 4,000 "lost boys" have come to the U.S. As Peter and Santino set out to make new lives for themselves in Houston, their struggle asks us to rethink what it means to be an American. An Independent Television Service (ITVS) co-presentation.

African Celebration Dinner
Wagoner Dining Hall
Wednesday, October 12
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Celebrate the cultures of Africa by enjoying food, games, music, and activities from various regions of the African continent.  Visit the tables to learn about study abroad, internship, and service-learning opportunities, and mingle with UNCW’s international students from various parts of Africa. Meal is $9.50 food dollars or Seahawk Bucks, $10.50 cash or credit.

Sponsored by Office of International Programs and Campus Dining

Seahawks Speak: Little Bee
Sharky’s Gameroom and Box Office, Fisher Student Center
Monday, October 17
4 p.m.

Seahawks Speak provides a venue to dialogue about events and issues impacting our local, national, and global community. The community is invited to share their stories, be empowered and take action. This Seahawk Speaks will connect to the themes our first year common reading Little Bee. This discussion will be co-facilitated by Erika Hanson and Clifton Williams.

Sponsored by Seahawks Speak and University College

ICARE for Little Bee
Masonboro Island Room, Fisher Student Center
Wednesday, October 19
6 p.m.

Ever feel like something was wrong with a friend but didn’t know how to help? ICARE for Little Bee will explore the difficulties, frustrations, pitfalls, and (ultimately) the rewards that come from recognizing the signs of trauma and being a strong ally to a friend-in-need. We’ll use Little Bee, personal stories, and role-playing activities to discover how to be the best helper possible and still maintain your sanity.

Sponsored by UNCW CARE

Dr. Sara Pressman, Resiliency in Little Bee
Burney Center
Monday, October 24
7 p.m.

Sarah Pressman is an Associate Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.  Her research focuses on the interplay between positive emotions, social relationships, stress, and health, with a focus on the physiological processes that underlie these associations. She runs the The STEP (STress, Emotion, & Physical health) Laboratory and is the brain behind the TEDTalk “Why Doctor’s Should Care About Your Happiness.” She will discuss resiliency in the face of trauma through the lens of Chris Cleave’s Little Bee.

Sponsored by Campus Life Arts and Programs and the Counseling Center

Sharky’s Book Club: Little Bee
Sharky’s Gameroom, Fisher Student Center
Wednesday, October 26
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Join faculty and staff facilitators, including librarian Lisa Coats, English faculty Michelle Britt, WSRC Director Katherine Montwieler and others, for a discussion of the characters and themes of Little Bee. This discussion is the second installment of the Sharky’s Gameroom book talk series.

Sponsored by Campus Life Arts and Programs and the WSRC

Emotional Health Check-ups
Long Leaf Pine Room, Fisher University Union
Thursday, October 27
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Have you been feeling stressed? Anxious? Sad? During the Counseling Centers Emotional Health Week, students can come by the Long Leaf Pine room to complete a brief emotional health check-up and receive feedback/information about positive coping efforts.

Sponsored by the Counseling Center

The One That Should Do The Telling: Black Stories, White Narration, and the quest for Authenticity inside the work of Little Bee
Lumina Theater, Fisher Student Center
Tuesday, November 1
7 p.m.

Who is in charge of telling the stories of people of African descent?  And, what happens when the story is told by people who end up missing salient details?  Can there be true authenticity in creating a fictive narrative around characters who’s ethnic and racial makeup render them oppressed?  Join the Upperman Center for its on-going Africana Lecture Series, as panelists discuss the authenticity of narration inside Chris Cleave's Little Bee.

Sponsored by the Upperman African American Cultural Center

Study Abroad Fair
Burney Center Ballroom
Wednesday, November 2
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

UNCW offers more than 800 education abroad opportunities in over 50 countries!  Come find out about all of the opportunities available, enter to win $500 toward your education abroad experience, talk to students who have studied abroad, and check out those tables whose signs are marked with a green dot to focus on those options that include international internship and service-learning opportunities. 

Sponsored by the Office of International Programs

Worth and Power Coffee Hour
Azalea Coast Room, Fisher University Union
Tuesday, November 8
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Little Bee seeks connections with others to help her find her inner power. Come enjoy a morning coffee and treat with CARE and the Women’s Studies and Resource Center to connect with others and explore issues about personal worth and empowerment.

Sponsored by CARE and The Women’s Resource Center

Little Bee to NC: Working with Refugees
Cameron Hall, Room 105
Monday, November 14
5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Join students, alumni, and local employers to not only learn about the refugee population in Wilmington, but also about volunteer and career opportunities working with refugees.

Sponsored by Office of International Programs, Office of Student Leadership & Engagement, and the Career Center.

Tunnel of Awareness
Warwick Center Ballroom
Wednesday, November 16
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tunnel of Awareness is a Housing and Residence Life tradition designed to raise awareness on topics such as social justice, inclusion, access and advocacy. Participants travel through a museum-style program that highlights a variety of issues. Past topics have included Homelessness, Human trafficking, Body Image, Title IV, Mental Health, Multiculturalism and Disability/Access. Participants also have the opportunity to discuss and process their experience in small, facilitator-led groups afterwards.

Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life and the WSRC