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
2013-14: Water & Power
2012-13: Communities and Justice
Past Summer Reading Selections
2016-17: Chávez Ravine, 1949 by Don Normark