The College of New Jersey

Apply     Visit     Give     |     Alumni     Parents     Offices     TCNJ Today     

CICC Intellectual Theme and Programming

2019-2020 Campus Theme: #ClimateMatters: Listening, Reflecting, and Acting

The Cultural and Intellectual Community Council (CICC) selects the annual intellectual theme and funds related programming during the academic year.  The theme for CICC sponsored programs in 2019-20 is #ClimateMatters: Listening, Reflecting, and Acitng.


A key part of the mission at TCNJ is inclusiveness and “#ClimateMatters: Listening, Reflecting, and Acting” is intended to promote campus-wide discussions that focus on the lived environment on campus. It is about our local community, composed of highly talented students, faculty, staff and alumni. We all come from different backgrounds and bring our own unique stories.  In this climate we are free to grow, challenge ideas and develop professional identities. It is in this climate where we can listen to different perspectives and engage in conversations that urge us to expand our perspectives on the world.  It is in this climate where we can reflect on our past experiences and question our own biases.  And, it is in this climate where we can take action when we are confronted with injustice. We invite the campus community to organize and participate in dynamic and meaningful programming under this unifying concept.


In selecting Darnell Moore’s No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America as the summer reading text for the graduating class of 2023, CICC recognizes that each of our incoming students arrives with a worldview influenced by their individual lived experiences. Our students’ identities are unique and varied, yet similar in that they all likely come with some degree of privilege and pain. We hope that this shared reading will contribute to understanding, compassion, and love for one another as the class of 2023 begins this journey together. We expect students and facilitators will have meaningful conversations about the experiences of how personal history impacts our current reality. We believe these conversations will also highlight another of TCNJ’s core values: “Inclusiveness.”

Please save the date for Community Learning Day: Wednesday, September 4, 2019.


 Guidelines for funding theme programs

Events Funded in 2018-19

Community Learning Day Keynote Lecture by Jennie Capó Crucet

Everything is New
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at noon
Kendal Hall Main Stage
Following the Keynote Lecture:
Discussion Panel: “The First Generation College Experience: Supporting the Changing Demographics of College Students”
Wednesday Sept. 26th, 4:00 – 5:30PM
TCNJ Spiritual Center

“Plague, Progress, and Prevention: 100 Years after the Spanish’ Flu Changed the World” 

Closing Speaker, Dr. John Parman, Paul R. Verkuil Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Economics at the College of William and Mary and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research

“Using History as a Public Health Laboratory”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10:00AM – 12:00 PM
Business Building Lounge

TCNJ Jazz Ensemble Celebrates Michael Ray: A Lifetime of Musical Achievement

Trenton native and international trumpet artist Michael Ray joins the TCNJ Jazz Ensemble in concert. A long-time member of Kool and the Gang and The Sun Ra Arkesta, Mr. Ray will lead the students on a “cosmic” adventure, joined by his band “The Cosmic Krewe” and singer Laranah Philips.  This performance is co-sponsored by Trenton Makes Music

Friday, November 9 at 8:00PM
Kendall Hall Mainstage Theater