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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 on literacy and voting rights by Professor Dan Clark, Department of History Sept. 9, 12-1 p.m., Fireside Lounge, Oakland Center

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

  • Climate Literacies Symposium Oct. 15, time and location to be announced

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

  • 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

  • Literacy and Social Media presentation by Professor Tim Lockridge of Miami University of Ohio Nov. 5, 1:30-3 p.m., 201 Dodge Hall

  • Shakespeare Across Media presentation by Professor Niels Herold, Department of English Nov. 11, 5-6:30 p.m., Gold Room A, Oakland Center

  • Reading Races Details to be announced

    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)