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CICPC Intellectual Theme and Programming

2015-2016 Campus Theme: College and Change

The Cultural and Intellectual Community Program Council (CICPC) selects the annual intellectual theme and funds related programming during the academic year.  The theme for CICPC sponsored programs in 2015-16 is College and Change.

College is a place of personal transformation for students, and college prepares students for success in their future lives. But immersion in a campus culture also shapes a student’s place in the world, socially and ecologically. What can students learn in college that will help them become responsible agents of change in society and in society’s relationship to the nature world? In The Nature of College, James Farrell writes, “College education isn’t just classes, papers, and GPAs. It’s also an open invitation to engage designing minds, first in understanding the designs of nature, second in understanding the culture of nature, and finally in designing a culture that enriches nature’s health and our own deep fulfillment.” To fully appreciate the possibilities of the college experience, we might look to environmentalist David Orr’s words and envision our college as a place where students gain the capacity to design the future.

Guidelines for funding theme programs


Events Funded in 2015-16

Community Learning Day Keynote Lecture by David Orr

“Designing Minds for an Uncertain Future”

October 7, 2015


“Como una pasa en el sol/Like a raisin in the sun: The educational dreams and realities of undocumented and unaccompanied adolescents”

Lecture by Isabel Martinez

November 4, 2015

Education 115

Isabel Martinez discusses the educational realities of undocumented and unaccompanied adolescents based on her extensive research over the last 7 years. Her discussion is situated within the context of pre-DREAMERS and current debates regarding immigration, especially unaccompanied youth, immigration and detention policies and legislation. Martinez work focuses on the stories of the youth who make the journey to the US and their hopes and aspirations, particularly in relation to education.


A Healthy Campus Is an Environment for Positive Learning and Working: But How Do We Get There?

Lecture by Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk

December 4, 2015

Mayo Concert Hall

Dr. Melnyk is Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean & Professor, College of Nursing, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University.  She is an internationally known leader in behavioral health and wellness.


Trenton Makes Music: cultural memory, identity, and economic development

This project is a multi-year, large-scale collaboration between the TCNJ campus community and the musical community in Trenton.  CICPC funds will support the development of a podcast series, a mobile-friendly digital archive hosted at, and a new interdisciplinary course for students in IMM, Music, and Journalism, to run in Fall 2016. All six audio podcasts will be available to download for free. Three of the podcasts will also be videotaped during free public events – one at The Conservatory Mansion downtown, and two at the Mayo Concert Hall on our campus. The podcast content will consist of interviews with scholars, historians, and musicians, conducted by Ms. Sarah Dash, a Trenton native with deep connections to popular music through her work as a recording artist. Interview topics will cover historical context, sacred/secular issues, and mutual influences across music education and pop culture.


Timothy Snyder on his new book Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning 

March 30th, 2016

Library Auditorium, 3:30 pm

Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a member of the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the author of five award-winning works of history, including Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, which received the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Snyder is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement and a former contributing editor at the New Republic. He is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences, serves as the faculty advisor for the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, and sits on the advisory council of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.



Engage! A Workshop and Panel to Share and Develop Tools for Student Activism Around Environmental Justice

April 3, 2016

Location: Education Building, Rm. 212

The “Engage!” workshop and panel is a weekend event open to TCNJ faculty, students, staff, and the public at large. Three student activists will visit TCNJ to speak about their experiences as leaders in grassroots movements for environmental justice in the U.S. They will then lead a series of hands-on activities to allow TCNJ- and local community members to brainstorm practice some of the important skills in activism. Members of change-oriented student organizations will be particularly invited and encouraged to attend. From the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan and eleven New Jersey cities to mountain-top removal in Appalachia to the unequal impacts of global climate change, significant disparities exist in environmental health between wealthy and low-income communities. This workshop will allow students from social justice oriented groups on campus—including groups focusing on anti-racism, civil rights, and the environment—to develop their organizing skills on the issue of environmental justice.