Common Reading Experience

Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum has been selected as UNC Charlotte’s Common Reading text for Fall 2016.  The book tells the story of two young people from completely different worlds—Kennedy Odede from Kibera, Kenya, and Jessica Posner from Denver, CO. The Common Reading selection committee, chaired by Dr. Gregory Weeks, invites you to engage with this story of a fight against poverty and hopelessness, the transformation made possible by a true love, and the power of young people to have a deep impact on the world.  Books are available in the campus bookstore

The Common Reading Experience at UNC Charlotte is designed to provide a shared academic experience which serves to assist all first-year students in their transition to UNC Charlotte. This program offers unique opportunities for self-reflection, critical thinking, student interaction, and understanding of diverse perspectives. Adoption of the common reading is especially encouraged in first year seminars, first year writing, and general education courses, though any faculty interested in using the text in their teaching is welcome.                               


Note to Faculty: If you are interested in considering this text for adoption in your Fall 2016 courses, please contact Carla Eastis at so we can send you a review copy of the book and include you on announcements related to our instructors workshop, the author visit, and other campus events of the Common Reading Experience.  Email your name, department, the course(s) you are considering using the book in, and anticipated enrollment numbers.  You should also submit the book to the campus bookstore as a required text for any course in which you will be using the selection.  Authors Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner will visit campus on October 20, 2016.       



Former Common Reading Experience Selections