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CICPC Intellectual Theme and Programming

2017-2018 Campus Theme: Who We Are

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 2017-18 is Who We Are. This theme prompts us to ask about the ideas and experiences that inform how we—as individuals, as TCNJ, as members of local, regional, national, and global communities—understand ourselves, our identities, and how we relate with and understand each other’s experiences and identities.


Part of broader TCNJ discussions, including Sustained Dialogues, the President’s Commission on Social Justice, and past CICPC themes, Who We Are is intended to promote campus-wide discussions about the personal, cultural, and transformative journeys of all members of the TCNJ community, both as individuals and the groups with which they identify. This theme reflects one of the core values of TCNJ: self-reflection. By sharing personal stories with each other, we can empathize with the challenges each of us faces singularly and collectively in our ever-changing world. We have much to learn from each other as we continue to engage in ongoing difficult conversations about complex issues across campus. Through these conversations, we have an opportunity to explore and appreciate how each of us can succeed, how each of us can grow through successes and failures, how each of us can change our beliefs and commitments, and how our circumstances shape our identifies and lives.


Further, our 2017 summer reading selection for the class of 2021, No Apparent Distress by Dr. Rachel Pearson, will highlight and illustrate these ideas at the start of the academic year. Dr. Pearson, a graduate of the MD/PhD program in medical humanities at the University of Texas at Austin,  reflects on her experience in medical school and her training as a physician in community health clinics. Her memoir considers the intersections of class, gender, sexual identity, race and ethnicity as they relate to the delivery of medical care in the United States. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Pearson completed an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University.  We believe that Dr. Pearson herself offers a model to our students of life-long learning and a commitment to meaningful engagement with her community. Please save the date for Community Learning Day: Wednesday, September 27, 2017.



 Guidelines for funding theme programs

Events Funded in 2017-18

Community Learning Day Keynote Lecture by Rachel Pearson

Who We Are

September 27, 2017 at noon

Kendal Hall Main Stage

Following the Keynote Lecture:

3:00-4:30pmWednesday Sept. 27th
TCNJ Spiritual Center