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CICPC Intellectual Theme and Programming

2014-2015 Campus Theme: Justice

The Cultural and Intellectual Community Program Council (CICPC) selects the annual intellectual theme and funds related programming during the academic year.  Justice is the theme for CICPC sponsored programs in 2014-2015.  Justice means upholding what is just; but who determines what is just?  How is justice perceived and defined across time or cultures?  Is justice contextually bound or does it represent a universal truth?  How is justice related to notions such as fairness, equality, generosity, opportunity and love?   These questions highlight that justice is not confined to the criminal justice system.  It can be considered in social and economic contexts, and related to resources and sustainability.  To quote Cornel West, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

CICPC is interested in co-sponsoring programs that look at justice, 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, staff, and students will explore the theme by reading and discussing The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore as part of the summer reading program.  Wes Moore will be on campus for Community Learning Day, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Schedule for Fall 2014

A Place At the Table: Film screening, followed by Q&A with the film maker

Date/Time: September 12, 2014, 3:00pm
Location: Kendall Hall screening room
The film looks at the growing problem of food insecurity in America with more than 1 in 4 children not knowing where their next meal is coming from. The documentary has been critically acclaimed; the Boston Globe called it “a call to action” while the L.A. Times wrote that the film “forcefully makes the case that hunger has serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation.”

Pete Seeger and the Power of Song: Lecture and Performance.

Dr. Allan Winkler, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Miami, Ohio
Date/Time: September 17, 2014, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Mildred and Ernest Mayo Concert Hall

American Dreams Deferred: Film Screening, followed by discussion with the director.

Mr. William Caballero, Documentary Film Maker
Date/Time: September 25, 2014, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Library Auditorium

Capitalism in Utopia

Dr. Jason Brennan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Georgetown University
Date/Time: October 1, 2014, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Library Auditorium

Wes Moore speaks at Community Learning Day

Time: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, noon
Location: Kendall Hall Main Auditorium

To Catch a Trader: Screening of the PBS Frontline documentary followed by discussion

Date/Time: October 22, 2014, 2:00pm
Location: Library Auditorium
The documentary focuses on Steven A. Cohen and his hedge fund. Cohen and others have been prosecuted for running a vast network that trades on “inside information”–information not available to the general trading public that gives insiders a financial advantage in executing trades.

Lecture on recent events in Ferguson, MO

Dr. Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies University of Connecticut.
Date/Time: October 23, 2014, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Mildred and Ernest Mayo Concert Hall

Lecture by Dr. Melissa Gilbert, Professor & Chair of Urban Studies & Geography Temple University

Date/Time: October 29, 2014, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Library Auditorium

The Economic Logic Moral Imperative of Full Employment.

Dr. Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Date/Time: November 13, 2014, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Library Auditorium

Resource Wars: The Character of Development in Recent Postcolonial Fiction

Dr. Michael Rubenstein, Assistant Professor of English, Stony Brook University
Date/Time: November 20, 2014, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Science Complex P101

Archive: 2013-2014 Campus Theme: Constructing the Past