Annual Theme

The 2019-20 theme for the Core Program is the four cornerstones of the Mission of the College: "Excellence, Equity, Community and Service."

Each year Occidental College chooses an annual theme to provide a unifying framework for the Summer Reading and the CSP Lecture Series.

Past Annual Themes

2018-19: Global Cities / Local Realities
2017-18: (Eco)Systems of Power
2016-17: Re-Envisioning Metropolis: Los Angeles and the Urban Arts
2015-16: Sustainability
2014-15: Emancipation
2013-14: Water & Power
2012-13: Communities and Justice
2011-12: Citizenship

Past Summer Reading Selections

2018-19: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid 
2017-18: Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil 
2016-17: Chávez Ravine, 1949 by Don Normark
2015-16: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
2014-15: The Speech by Gary Younge
2013-14: The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman
2012-13: The Barbarian Nurseries by Héctor Tobar
2011-12: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith
2010-11:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
2009-10: Angels and Ages by Adam Gopnik 
2008-09: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
2007-08: Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
2006-07: Flirting with Dan by Siobhan Darrow