The Cultural and Intellectual Community Program Council (CICPC)
2013-2014 Campus Theme:
Constructing the Past
Constructing the Past is the theme for CICPC sponsored programs in 2013-2014. The past is known by the memories of it, individual and collective. It is defined by professional historians, everyday people, governments, private corporations, and all kinds of groups, agencies, and institutions. It is not a ‘fixed’ series of events that all would agree on if only the evidence were before them. Constructing the past is something we all do, everyday of our lives. Yet various conflicting definitions of the past are not all ‘equal.’ Whatever definitions come to prevail affect us all. To say it is a timely topic would be an understatement.
CICPC is interested in co-sponsoring programs that look at the the past, how it is defined, and how those definitions affect us individually and collectively. We invite individual community members, campus departments and student organizations to develop programs related to this theme.
Faculty and first year students will explore the theme by reading and discussing The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster by Jonathan M. Katz as part of the summer reading program. This text was chosen as an intelligent analysis of the reaction to the earthquake in Haiti that occurred on January 10, 2010, including a review of historical events affecting the response by members of the outside world and of Haitians themselves.
At Community Learning Day, on Wednesday, October 2nd, the entire campus is invited to a series of events on the innovation theme.
More information will be posted on this site as it becomes available.
Additional Specific Information
Schedule of Events
October 2 — Community Learning Day
- 12:00 to 1:30, Featured Speaker: Jonathan M. Katz
- [additional information to follow]