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CICPC Summer Reading 2013 Announcement

The Cultural and Intellectual Community Program Council (CICPC) is pleased to announce the summer reading for incoming first-year students for the 2013-2014 academic year. Jonathan M. Katz, The Big Truck that Went By:  How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

The Big Truck that Went By is the winner of the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award from Columbia and Harvard Universities. Reviews of the book have been positive, and CICPC members believed the book exemplified the theme “Constructing the Past.” 

Even though the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 still occupies a place in our memory, we have constructed a narrative of global philanthropy and Haitian corruption that belies actual events. Moreover, our narrative of Haitian history conditions American responses to Haiti in such a way that Katz argues we are predisposed to despair the possibilities for meaningful recovery and economic development.

As we do each year, we invite faculty and staff to participate in discussions with incoming students. Please indicate your willingness to participate as a discussion facilitator here:

CICPC also looks forward to Katz being the speaker for Community Learning Day, October 2. Please save the date. If you are interested in coordinating programming around the theme, please attend a brainstorming session Tuesday, April 16, 4pm, in Bliss Hall 145. We will have a late afternoon snack, some coffee, and some conversation.

Felicia Jean Steele
Chair, CICPC