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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 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:
Discussion Panel: Moving Toward Quality and Equitable Healthcare in New Jersey
3:00-4:30pm, Wednesday Sept. 27th
TCNJ Spiritual Center


TCNJ Day of Service

October 14, 2017
Decker Social Lounge, sites throughout Trenton, Ewing and Lawrence

The Visiting Writing Series Presents: Danez Smith 

Poet Danez Smith
October 19, 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
TCNJ Library Auditorium

Anniversaries: Rethinking History and Memory

Remembering the Newark Riots: 1967-2017
Dr. Mark Krasovik
November 2, 2018, 5:00 pm – Education 115
1917-2017: Teaching World War One in the Twenty-First Century
Dr. Wendy Urban-Mead and Dr Michael Marino
November 15, 2018, 5:00 pm – Education 115

6th Annual Faculty-Student Interdisciplinary Collaborative

Seminar: Migration, Identity, Memory

Joseph Tobin, February 21, 2018
Thomas Trezise, February 28, 2018
Graziella Parati, March 21, 2018
Maxim Shrayer, March 28, 2018
TCNJ Library Auditorium, Education Building
Auditorium, Bliss Hall Seminar Room