Common Reading Experience

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah has been selected as UNC Charlotte’s Common Reading Experience text for Fall 2018.  This engaging, compelling memoir from the host of The Daily Show provides ample opportunities for discussions of systemic inequalities and cultural diversity, a major goal of the UNC Charlotte Common Reading Experience.  The committee is excited to see what instructors who adopt the text (in whole or in part) will be able to do for and with their students to increase their understanding of a complex world. We encourage wide-scale campus engagement with Born a Crime, and we hope that this text will be widely referenced by those who teach first-year students.  

There will be several events during the fall semester that allow students, faculty, and staff to explore themes in the book.  Watch this space for details as events are finalized.                  

Note to Faculty:  If you are interested in considering this text for adoption in your Fall 2018 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.  

Former Common Reading Experience Selections

2017 The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
2016 Find Me Unafraid, by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner
2015 The Postmortalby Drew Magary
2014 The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers
2013 Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World, by Doc Hendley
2012 Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference, by Warren St. John
2011 How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America, by Moustafa Bayoumi
2010 The Blue Sweater, by Jacqueline Novogratz
2009 Listening is an Act of Love, by Dave Isay
2008 Enrique's Journey, by Sonia Nazario
2007 The Color of Water, by James McBride