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History of the Thinking Critically Initiative

In the fall of 2011, our very first initiative was “Thinking Critically about Poverty.” The initiative featured panel discussions, lectures, films and panel discussions, and a very popular event that happened when Come Let’s Dance, a non-profit organization that works in Uganda, came to campus and installed an exhibit about life in a Ugandan village. LCU students and some elementary students from Lubbock Christian School toured the exhibit and learned about issues of water, food, and industry in some of the most impoverished areas of Africa.  The year-long initiative was so popular that a group of faculty and staff went on to create a new initiative for the next academic year.  Since then, the initiatives have become a fixture in LCU’s culture and academic life. Coordinated by Dr. Susan Blassingame, the initiative begins with a speaker in chapel who also delivers a lecture.  Other “events” connected with the initiative usually spring up organically through other departments on campus. 

Past Themes

  • 2017 - 2018 - Thinking Critically about Success
  • 2016 - 2017 - Thinking Critically About Poverty
  • 2015 - 2016 - Thinking Critically about Justice
  • 2014 - 2015 - Thinking Critically about Popular Culture
  • 2013 - 2014 - Thinking Critically About Christianity and Vocation
  • 2012 - 2013 - Thinking Critically about Civic Engagement
  • 2011 - 2012 - Thinking Critically about Poverty
Thinking Critically about Success

Thinking Critically about Poverty

Thinking Critically about Justice

Thinking Critically about Popular Culture

Thinking Critically about Christianity and Vocation

Thinking Critically about Civic Engagement