Prior Year's Themes

2019-2020

Theme: "Tolerance and the Struggle for Human Rights in Communities.”

Reading: The Laramie Project and the Laramie Project Ten Years Later by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project (2014)

2018-2019

Theme: "Think Global, Act Local

Reading: Where Am I Wearing? by Kelsey Timmerman (2012)

2017-2018

Theme: "Cultures in Crisis: Circumstances and Cultures"

Reading: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance (2016)

2016-2017

Theme: "Making Choices: Defining Who You Are"

Reading: The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim (2014)

2015-2016

Theme: "Building Communities in a Global Society"

Reading: Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John

2014-2015

Theme: "The Gift of Empathy: Seeing the World through the Eyes of Another"

2013-2014

Theme: "Public and Private Ethics: Who Decides?"

2012-2013

Theme: "Education in America: Relevance and Empowerment"

2011-2012

Theme: "Liberty and Justice for All? Social Change and Campus Action for 70 Years and Beyond"

Readings: The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler (2005), A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto by Jorge Ramos (2010)

2010-2011

Theme: "Living in the Digital Age: Virtual Community or Real Connectedness?"

Reading: I’m Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier (2011)

2009-2010

Theme: "Health and Humanity in the New Millennium: Where Do We Go From Here?"

Readings: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (2004), The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (2006)

2008-2009

Theme: "Greening of Earth: Whose Responsibility?"

Readings: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (2003), Whose Water is It? The Unquenchable Thirst of a Water-Hungry World by Bernadette McDonald (2003)

2007-2008

Theme: "Identity in a Multicultural World: Who Am I?"

Readings: Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama (1995), Skull Wars: Kenniwick Man, Archeology,and the Battle for Native American Identity by David Hurst Thomas (1999)

2006-2007

Theme: "Citizens making a difference in America."

Reading: Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody