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The Big Read

The mission of the Big Read program is to unite incoming CCU freshmen in an enjoyable shared learning experience prior to beginning their academic course work. 

The program's purpose is to create a singular introductory learning forum among our students, across various disciplines, and to facilitate creative and critical thinking from the moment they step foot on campus.

The goals of this program are to engage students in a singular academic task, encourage the critical thought process, explore themes and ideas relevant to student life, and challenge students to develop and explore multiple perspectives.

Big Read Committee Charge
The charge of the Big Read committee is to evaluate and select materials each academic year that fulfill the goals of the summer reading program. Members of the committee participate on a volunteer basis and include faculty, staff and students. The committee reviews all materials solicited across campus and makes it's selections based on a set list of criteria.

All incoming first-year students will be reading Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner as a common reading experience. Students should have completed the book by August 21, 2016, in preparation for Big Read discussion groups following New Student Convocation. The authors will speak at New Student Convocation on August 21, 2016, and will be available for a book signing. Books are available in the bookstore for purchase.


Frankie Weeks
Big Read Committee Chair
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. BOX 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054

NOTE: Any student citing moral, religious or cultural objections to the current Big Read choice will be able to choose an alternative Big Read. Please contact the Big Read committee chair for more information.