2013-14: Inter/Action

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 Cover Cover of the book Blasphemy, by Sherman Alexie


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, visit us on Facebook!

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

Contact Us

Scott Moranda, CICC Co-Chair
History Department
Old Main, 211D


Howard Lindh, CICC Co-Chair 
Performing Arts Department
Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 214

Event History 2013-2014

  • January 28:  A screening of The Other City  
    7 p.m., Room 105, Sperry Center

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