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Cracking Codes Literacy Now

CAS 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 back for additional events and updates.

Winter Semester Theme Events

  • Lightning Talks, Jan. 12, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Fireside Lounge, OC

  • Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Ceremony - Keynote Speaker: LeVar Burton - January 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Banquet Room, OC, Sponsored by the center for Student Activities

  • "Reading Race: Art After Ferguson," by John Corso (Art and Art History) – Jan. 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., OU Art Gallery, Wilson Hall

  • Professor Sarah Amira De la Garza (Arizona State University): Cultural Literacy Events: Roundtable Discussion –Wednesday, Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., 242 Kresge Library. Presentation: “A Praxis of Courage: Cracking Cultural Codes Through Innovative Inquiry,” Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Banquet Room A, OC.

  • "Numeracy," Professor Jerry Grossman. (Mathematics and Statistics)—Wednesday, Feb. 10, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., in Lake Superior A, Oakland Center. Click here for a fun exercise. 

  • "Literacy in Biblical Times," Professor Mike Pytlik, Feb. 16, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., 242 Kresge Library

  • National Poetry Month celebration events: Documentary film on a youth poetry slam: Louder than a Bomb. Wednesday, March 2, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., 201 Dodge Hall. Poetry slam/spoken word event, Thursday, March 3, 5:00 p.m. - 7:20 p.m., 201 Dodge Hall. Film director Greg Jacobs will be on hand.

  • "Why Can't Johnny…?" ~ Talk on Rhetoric and Literacy. Professor Elizabeth Allan (Writing & Rhetoric). Tuesday, March 15, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Fireside Lounge, OC

  • “Hull House Songs,” performance and lecture on literacy learning at Hull House in Chicago. Rima Lunin Schultz (Loyola University, Chicago), Graham Cassano (Sociology/Anthropology) and Oakland University musicians. Wednesday, March 16, 5:00 p.m., Varner Recital Hall

  • “19th Century Reading Groups: Women’s Literacy,” Professor Anne Ruggles Gere (University of Michigan). Thursday, March 24, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Fireside Lounge, OC

Fall Semester Theme Events

  • 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. 17, 12-1 p.m., Fireside Lounge, Oakland Center

  • Reading Better and Faster – help table 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

  • 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

  • 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 motor coach transportation, but seating is limited.

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)