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Pirate Read: ECU's Common Read Program

Pirate Read 2014

Visit the Joyner Library guide to The Other Wes Moore, ECU's 2014 Pirate Read selection.


About the Pirate Read
Prior to the start of their first semester at East Carolina University, incoming students are expected to read a common book. The purposes of the summer read program are to:
  • Orient students to the academic community by encouraging intellectual dialogue and critical thinking
  • Prepare students for the college-level environment
  • Allow students to share a common reading experience with fellow classmates, faculty, and staff
  • Enable students and faculty to discuss ideas from the book across the curriculum
A committee of faculty, staff and students selects the book and coordinates activities with departments within academic and student affairs.

Past Pirate Read Selections
  • 2013 - It Happened on the Way to War (Rye Barcott)
  • 2012 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
  • 2011 - Picking Cotton (Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo)
  • 2010 - The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (Edited by Dave Eggers)
  • 2009 - Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin)
  • 2008 - My Freshman Year (Rebekah Nathan)