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COMMON READING PROGRAM 2015-2016

The Common Experience at Texas State University is a yearlong initiative that cultivates a campus-wide conversation on a theme. The Common Experience enhances student participation in the intellectual life of the campus, and it fosters a sense of community throughout the campus and beyond.

As part of the Common Experience, the Common Reading Program provides all incoming freshmen with a critically acclaimed book related to the upcoming year's theme. You will read the book and engage in discussion of the text in your University Seminar class at Texas State. You will also participate in Common Experience events throughout the year.

The Common Reading Program joins similar programs at hundreds of universities and colleges to prepare students for discussion both at the university and with members of the community. The program aims to:

  • introduce you to the Common Experience at Texas State
  • encourage your participation in the intellectual life of the campus
  • foster a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff

The Common Experience theme for 2015-2016 is "Bridged Through Stories: Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico, an Homage to Dr. Tomás Rivera." This theme celebrates the life and legacy of one of Texas State's most distinguished alumni. This year's Common Reading book is Dr. Rivera's masterpiece: ...y no se lo tragó la tierra / ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him. We're proud to present a new edition that includes both the original Spanish version as well as the English translation.

This year's Common Reading book is Dr. Tomás Rivera's masterpiece: ...y no se lo tragó la tierra / ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him. We are proud to present a new edition that includes both the original Spanish version as well as the English translation.


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