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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 is an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


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.