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Cracking Codes Literacy Now

College Theme

In celebration of the liberal arts, the College of Arts and Sciences features annual themes that provide opportunities for students and faculty to investigate topics of interest from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. Theme events highlight the multiple facets of a single concept through the perspectives of the arts, literature, the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences.

The topic for 2015-2016 is “Cracking Codes: Literacy Now,” and the related community book is Writing on the Wall: Social Media – the First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage. Plan to attend some of the theme events listed below. Check for additional events and updates.

  • Kickoff: Lightning Talks Sept. 8, 12-1 p.m., Fireside Lounge, Oakland Center

  • Constitution Day Talk - Literacy and Voting Rights by Professor Dan Clark, Department of History Sept. 17, 12-1 p.m., Fireside Lounge, Oakland Center
  • 24-Hour Challenge Schedule, Sept. 18-20 - sponsored by Cinema Studies Program.  Information can be found at: is required.  The Video Showcase is open to all.

    Tentative Schedule

    • Friday, 3pm - information and complete Challenge guidelines released to preregistered teams via email.
    • Saturday, 10am - team check-in and Challenge start [location: 228 Varner]: pick up equipment and required props (9:30-11am); equipment and software tutorials and screenplay feedback offered as needed (9:30-11am); acting auditions (10-11am)
    • Saturday, 6pm, through Sunday, 10am - editing lab open [location: 228 Varner]
    • Sunday, 10am - film submission deadline and equipment check-in [location: 228 Varner]
    • Sunday, 4pm - Video Showcase and Awards Ceremony ]location: 156 North Foundation]

  • Reading Better and Faster – reading strategy help table Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 28-29 12-1 p.m., Oakland Center

  • The Parisian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Eric Vincent, in concert Friday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Dodge Hall 201.  Pre-concert workshop on Friday, Oct. 9, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Varner Hall Lab Theater.

  • Climate Literacies Symposium Oct. 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Oakland Room, Oakland Center.  For more information contact Dr. Jeff Insko (

  • Reading Better and Faster – reading strategy help table Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18 and 19, 12-1 p.m., Oakland Center.

  • Voter Registration Event: Election Day – Student Democrats will lead an initiative for voter registration with literacy tests for students to try Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oakland Center

  • "Hackers, Sci-Fi, and Self-Publication: The Photocopied Page and the Future of Future of Digital Writing."  A presentation of literacy and social media by Professor Tim Lockridge of Miami University of Ohio Nov. 5, 1:30-3 p.m., 201 Dodge Hall.

  • Writing Processes and Collaborative Writing a discussion with Professor Lockridge.  The Writing Center in Kresge Library on Thursday, Nov. 5, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • "Shakespeare Across Media" presentation by Professor Niels Herold, Department of English Nov. 11, 5-6:30 p.m., Gold Room A, Oakland Center

  • Road Trip to the Library of Michigan, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., sign up begins at 9 a.m. on Nov. 14, at the CSA Service Window, 49 Oakland Center. Bring your OU I.D. to sign up. Free motorcoach transportation, but seating is limited.

  • More events coming for winter term, including LeVar Burton (of Star Trek and Reading Rainbow fame) speaking on literacy at the Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, January 18.

    Past themes:
    Presidential Leadership (2004-2005)
    Environmental Explorations (2005-2006)
    Global Citizenship (2006-2007)
    Cities (2007-2008)
    Revolution (2008-2009) 
    Religion and Society (2009-2010) 
    Frontiers and Borders (2010-2011)
    Water (2011-2012)