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CICC Intellectual Theme and Programming

2018-2019 Campus Theme: Everything is New

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 2018-19 is Everything is New: Discovery, Transition, and Transformation.


At this moment of institutional transition, Everything is New is intended to promote campus-wide discussions that speak to TCNJ’s primary core value: “Excellence.” Our community, composed of highly talented students, faculty, and staff, challenges everyone to reach their potential through discovery, experimentation, and innovation. This theme invites us to examine moments of discovery, transition, and transformation in the environment, in organisms, in people, in disciplines, and in higher education. We anticipate the theme will allow the campus to organize rich and varied programming under one unifying concept.


In selecting Jennine Capó Crucet’s Make Your Home Among Strangers as the summer reading text for the graduating class of 2022, CICC recognizes the transition that incoming students face as they meet new people, make new friends, encounter new ideas, and enlarge their intellectual landscape. Students must balance multiple worlds and shape new identities that often challenge their sense of home. We expect students and facilitators will have meaningful conversations around the experiences of first-generation college students and newcomers to the United States. We believe these conversations will also highlight another of TCNJ’s core values: “Inclusiveness.”

Please save the date for Community Learning Day: Wednesday, September 26, 2018.


 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