Annual Theme

2018-19 Theme: “Global Cities / Local Realities”

Each year Occidental College chooses an annual theme to provide a unifying framework for the Summer Reading and the CSP Lecture Series. For 2018-19, the theme is entitled “Global Cities / Local Realities.” We believe this theme allows us to explore questions central to our mission, and lends itself to inviting an array of speakers from diverse backgrounds to explore issues central to a liberal arts education in the 21st Century.

To provide a foundation for what we hope will be a campus-wide conversation, we have chosen Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia as the 2018-19 Summer Reading. We will be further exploring the theme in the CSP Lecture Series, in theme-related courses, and through a wide variety of events hosted by departments across campus.


Past Annual Themes

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

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