Prior Year's Themes


Theme: "All In: Expanding Our Disability Advocacy"

Reading: Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century by Alice Wong (2020)


Theme: "Sharing Your Journey: The Power of a Single Story"

Reading:Uplifting Stories: True Tales to Inspire You to Take Action by Ione Butler (2020)


Theme: "Sustainability: Being Mindful and Making a Difference"

Reading:Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage by Dianne D. Glave (2010)


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)


Theme: "Think Global, Act Local

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


Theme: "Cultures in Crisis: Circumstances and Cultures"

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


Theme: "Making Choices: Defining Who You Are"

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


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


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


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


Theme: "Education in America: Relevance and Empowerment"


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)


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

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


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)


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)


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)