UNCW has partnered with the Big Read Greater Wilmington to promote its mission to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. UNCW will be presenting three events this year: a panel discussion, a film screening and a book discussion. Each campus event is free and open to the public.
Big Read Greater Wilmington consists of community-wide reading programs, such as book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film screenings, theatrical performances, music and dance, all themed to a particular book.
In support of The Big Read Greater Wilmington's efforts around the book The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, the UNCW Office of the Dean of Students is putting together an exhibit of items that students, faculty and staff carried with them while they were deployed. The exhibit is called The Things WE Carried: UNCW Community, Deployed. A small reception, following the Veterans Day Ceremony at the amphitheater, will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 in the Sherman Hayes Gallery. The photo exhibit will be on display in Randall Library from Nov. 11 – Feb. 20 and then transferred to the military lounge in the Fisher Student Center.
The panel discussion of “Traveling through Open and Closed Doors: Americans’ Perspectives on Living Abroad” will be held in the Sherman Hayes Gallery at UNCW Randall Library on Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Panelists will consist of UNCW faculty and staff, sharing their experiences living as researchers, students, writers, teachers and military personnel in adversary countries. The campus community will have the opportunity to discuss what it means to be an American living in places such as Vietnam, Belarus and Egypt. Panelists will include Cara Cilano, Bill Kawczynski, Lisa Pollard and Dana Sachs.
The film screening of “Broken Brotherhood: Vietnam and the Boys from Colgate” will be at UNCW Lumina Theater on Nov. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. Fomer UNCW Department of Film Studies Chair Lou Buttino directed the feature documentary about how the Vietnam War affected friendships while he was an undergraduate at Colgate University.
The book discussion of “The Things They Carried” will be held at UNCW Randall Library on Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to noon. Associate professor of creative writing Rebecca Lee will moderate the discussion.