2017-2018 Inclusion

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.

Brian Barrett and Jena Curtis, the committee's current co-chairs during the 2017-2018 academic year.

2017/2018 Academic Year: Incllusion

Inclusion: A silhouette of a group of students standing together..

“And I would like to ask today that we should begin to dream about and plan for a different word. A fairer world.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All be Feminists.

Each year, the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee selects a different intellectual theme for the academic year. Throughout both semesters, there will be a series of campus events related to the chosen topic. Events will include guest lectures, panel discussions, movie screenings, art exhibits, music, and dramatic performances.

This year’s theme is “Incllusion.” Programming for the 2017-2018 academic year will be developed in conjunction with this year’s common read:We Should All Be Feminists , by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Learn more about this year's calendar of events


For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee plans a year-long multi-disciplinary discussion focused on inclusion as a fundamental condition for equity and human rights. Inclusion necessitates the recognition of The Other: those who are not “like us” – against whom we form our identity and over whom we seek to maintain power and/or distance. It requires that we think deeply and act inclusively with regard to who “counts” as a human being and who belongs in “our” community.

This is a discussion that pertains to matters of race and ethnicity, gender identity, social class, ability, sexual orientation and much more. It is a discussion that can be informed by a broad range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives. We invite you to participate in this and to contribute to the creation of a more inclusive campus community.

We hope that you will join us at scheduled events and that you also engage the theme through the common read.

We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller — a personal, eloquently-argued essay, adapted from the much admired TEDx talk of the same name — from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah . Here she offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists. (From amazon.com)

Spring Events

Thursday, February 8- 7 p.m. - Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
Dr. Bob Fullilove “Damning the Prison Pipeline: Carceral Citizenship and the Black Community”

Monday, February 12 - 5:15 p.m. - Sperry 105
AK Summers, author of Pregnant Butch at 5:15pm, in Sperry 105.

Wednesday, February 14 - 7 p.m. - the Brown Auditorium, Old Main
The Vagina Monologues 

Thursday, February 15 - 5-6:30 p.m. - Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall.
Evan Faulkenbury hosts a panel on “Confederate Monuments: Should They Stay or Should They Go?”

Monday, February 19- 3 p.m. - Sperry 204
Film Screening: We Should All Be Feminists

Tuesday, March 6- 4:30 p.m. - Sperry 105
Dr. Megan Springate, National Park Services, “LGBT Historic Spaces: Telling All American Stories”

Wednesday, March 7- 4:30 p.m - Fireplace Lounge in Corey Union.
Dr. Christa Chatfield hosts a panel on “Women of STEM and beyond: Stories of personal heroes”

Wednesday, March 7 - 7 p.m. - Sperry 204
Dr. David Stovall “Are We Ready for the Abolition of ‘School’?: Lessons on Community Engaged Struggle for Quality Education”

Tuesday, March 20 - 4:30 p.m. - Sperry 106 
Dr. Stefanie DeLuca “Coming of age in the other America”

Wednesday, March 21 - 12:30-1:30 p.m. -Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge
Nan Pasquarello & Dr. Kathy Burke. Sandwich Seminar: Gender Climate Report

Sunday, March 24 
The Literacy Department is hosting the conference "Diversity and Acceptance: Building Common Ground through Children's Literature

Monday, March 26 - 5 p.m. - Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge
Laurie Gries, author of Still Life with Rhetoric "Swastika Monitoring: Developing Digital Research Tools to Track Visual Rhetorics of Hate"

Monday, March 26 - 7 p.m. - Sperry 105
Ms. Blair Durkee “Trans Feminism in the Trump Era”

Tuesday, March 27 - 5 p.m. - Old Main G12
Dr. Karen Pastorello, Professor of History, Tomkins Cortland Community College: "Women will vote! Winning suffrage in New York State" 

Wednesday, March 28 - 4:30 p.m. - Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge
Darshan Ambalavanar, Project Manager, Church of the American Ceylon, “Mission Public Education and Inequality in Post-War Northeast Sri Lanka”

Wednesday, March 28 - 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge
Sandwich Seminar: Karen Davis presents “Sister Helen Prejean:  A Life Devoted to Abolishing the Death Penalty”

Thursday, March 29 - 1-2 p.m. - Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge
Dr. Jena Curtis, Sandwich Seminar “Empowering Women to Improve Sexual Health in Southwestern Haiti”

Wednesday, April 4-
Wellness Wednesday: Keith Edwards.   

Thursday, April 5
Christine Kitano, author of Sky Country

Wednesday, April 11
Take Back the Night march 

Sunday, April 15th
Yards for Yardley Davis Athletic Stadium.

Friday, April 20 - 5-6:30 p.m. - Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge.
Jessica Congdon, Feminism, Film, Men and the Media: Telling our Stories through Film

Fall Schedule of Events

September 13 - 12:30 p.m. – Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge –

Dr. Matthew Chambers (University of Warsaw, Poland) – “NGO Cultures: Cold War Global Literary Institutions”

September 21 – 4:30 p.m. – Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge –

Dr. Anne Adams (Africana Studies Department) – “Transnational Feminism in Chimamanda Adichie’s Fiction Writings”

September 26 – 4:15 p.m. – Sperry Center, Room 106 –

Screening of Chimamanda Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists”

September 26 – 5:15 p.m. – Sperry Center, Room 104 –

Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser (Washington University in St. Louis) – “Mickalene Thomas, Audre Lorde, and the Maternal Origin of the Universe”

October 3 – 4:30 p.m. – Sperry Center, Room 106 –

Screening of The Hunting Ground

October 4 – 8 p.m. – Corey Union steps –

Take Back the Night March, organized by Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER)

October 11 – 5 p.m. – Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge –

Poetry reading by Dr. Jericho Brown

October 24 – 4:30 p.m. – Sperry Center, Room 106 

Screening of Cold Fear

October 26 – 12 p.m. – Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge –

José Faus – “Art and Activism”  

October 26 – 4 p.m. – Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge –

Reading by Jaimee Wriston Colbert

November 14 – 4:30 p.m. – Sperry Center, Room 106 

Screening of Coming Out

November 15 - 5:30 p.m. - Old Main, Brown Auditorium

Peterson Toscano - "A Queer Response To Climate Change: What Would Walt Whitman Do?"

November 16 – 5 p.m. – Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge –

“Margins: An Interdisciplinary Keywords Conversation”

December 6 - 5 p.m. - Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge

Multilingual: Poetry In Translation