Contact Us

Brian Barrett, CICC Co-Chair
Foundations and Social Advocacy Department
Cornish Hall, Room 1224


Howard Lindh, CICC Co-Chair
Performing Arts Department

Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 214


Calendar of Events

  • January 28:  A screening of The Other City  
    7:00 pm, Room 105, Sperry Center

  • February 5: "What Will The Collective Voice Of A Generation Have to Say?" Presentation by LeAlan Jones
    7:00 pm, Function Room, Corey Union
  • February 14: Vagina Monologues 
    4:30 pm, Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
  • February 20: A screening of Girl Rising
    7:00 pm, Room 105, Sperry Center
  • March 18: A screening of The House I Live In
    7:00 pm, Room 105, Sperry Center
  • March 20: Panel discussion: The Prison System
    7:00 pm, Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
  • April 14: Reading by Joe Bruchac
    4:30 pm, Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
  • April 15: A screening of A Raisin In The Sun
    7:00 pm, Room 105, Sperry Center
  • April 17: Play reading: Clybourne Park
    7:00 pm, Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall


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Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee

The Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee (CICC) is an all-campus committee of faculty and staff appointed by the Provost. Each year members of the Committee choose a theme to frame a year-long series of lectures, discussions, film screenings, and art exhibits. This theme is meant to promote cultural life on campus and help the campus and Cortland community engage in discussions connected to issues relevant to today's world.

If you are a member of SUNY Cortland's faculty or staff and would like to participate in the CICC, please contact Brian Barrett or Howard Lindh, the committee's current co-chairs. If you are member of the student body or the Cortland community and have a suggestion for a speaker or event, please feel free to contact us as well.

2013-2014 Academic Year: Inter/Action

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CICC is pleased to announce Inter/Action as the theme for the 2013-2014 academic year. The theme and related programming are being organized around two books that will, together, compose a campus common reading.

We believe the common read can: create a shared academic experience, help us continue discussions of ethics, civility, and global citizenship, foster connections among students, faculty and staff, and increase cross campus participation in and awareness of the yearly theme.

 This year, we have chosen two books in support of this year's intellectual theme that could be featured in a variety of settings and disciplines: Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago, by LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman, and Blasphemy, by Sherman Alexie.

Our America Book CoverBlasphemy Book Cover


Inter/Action starts from the premise that not all Americans are always given an equal opportunity to speak their piece. However, as LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman state in Our America: "You must learn Our America as we must learn your America, so that maybe, someday, we can become one." Jones and Newman were teenagers when they were asked to begin documenting their lives in and around Chicago's Ida B. Wells housing project. The book offers their first-hand accounts of that life, and chronicles how their lives are different from "other" Americas.

Both books raise questions about our common humanity (across the globe, across ethnic and socio-economic divides). They focus our attention on the dangers of dehumanization and social inequality. How do we engage with people of different classes or ethnicities in a civil or ethical manner?

For reading guides and other information, please see our Common Read website. Also, visit us on Facebook!

"What Will The Collective Voice Of A Generation Have to Say?"
Presentation by LeAlan Jones

Past Themes

Past guest speakers have included Seymour Hersch, Jonathan Kozol, and Bill McKibben. The CICC has organized a year-long theme since 2005.

Past themes have included:

     2005-2006: Rights Inalienable in a Time of War

     2006-2007: Fundamentally Speaking

     2007-2008: Earthly Matters

     2008-2009: Inequality

     2009-2010: Walls

     2010-2011: Re-Education

     2011-2012: In/Civility

     2012-2013: In/Common