Past Events

Bridged Through Stories:
Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico,
an Homage to Dr. Tomás Rivera

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July 2015

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Bilingual Production of The Comedy of Errors

Jul 23, 8:00PM 10:00PM
Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); G-02
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Joe Falocco, 704.754.2321
Campus Sponsor:
Equity and Access Committee, Department of English, Department of Modern Languages
These performances run July 23-26 and July 30-August 2.
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. | Sundays at 1 p.m.

The Departments of English and Modern Languages, in association with the Equity and Access Committee, will present a bilingual (English/Spanish) adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors performed by Austin-area professionals assisted by Texas State students. Admission is free. Performances will be held in Centennial Hall G-02; parking is available on the top floor of the Pleasant Street Garage adjacent to Centennial Hall (parking is $5 on Thursdays and free all other times). In this production, the confusion and mistaken identity at the center of the plot will be accentuated by the fact that one set of identical twins speaks English, while the other speaks Spanish.
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August 2015

Bilingual Production of The Comedy of Errors

Aug 01, 8:00PM 10:00PM
Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); G-05
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Joe Falocco, 704.754.2321
Campus Sponsor:
Equity and Access Committee, Department of English, Department of Modern Languages
These performances run July 23-26 and July 30-August 2.
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. | Sundays at 1 p.m.

The Departments of English and Modern Languages, in association with the Equity and Access Committee, will present a bilingual (English/Spanish) adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors performed by Austin-area professionals assisted by Texas State students. Admission is free. Performances will be held in Centennial Hall G-02; parking is available on the top floor of the Pleasant Street Garage adjacent to Centennial Hall (parking is $5 on Thursdays and free all other times). In this production, the confusion and mistaken identity at the center of the plot will be accentuated by the fact that one set of identical twins speaks English, while the other speaks Spanish.
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September 2015

Black and Latino Playwrights Conference | Rehearsals

Sep 07, 5:00PM 10:00PM
Location:
Theatre Center (THEA); Rooms 201, 206, and 209
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Eugene Lee, 512.245.2147
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
Rehearsals run Monday-Thursday, September 7-10.
Events run Monday-Sunday, September 7-13.

The Department of Theatre and Dance annually sponsors a Black and Latino Playwrights Conference that includes professional guest directors and actors, auditions, 3-5 days of open rehearsals, and in-class presentations by guest artists, culminating in staged reading performances open to the campus and community.

Nightly schedule — Monday through Thursday, September 7-10:
» 5 p.m.: Meet and greet.
» 6-10 p.m.: First rehearsals for New Play Development workshop plays.

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Immigration and Mental Health: Dr. Ricardo Ainslie

Sep 08, 6:30PM 8:00PM
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jon Lasser, 512.245.3413
Campus Sponsor:
Psychology Department, CLAS Department, University Seminar, University Lecture Series
Dr. Ricardo Ainslie will give a presentation on Immigration and Mental Health followed by a reception. Ricardo Ainslie a native of Mexico City, Mexico, and a U.S. citizen. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Michigan. For almost two decades, Dr. Ainslie has devoted himself to working in communities in Texas and Mexico that have experienced significant conflict and transformation, exploring broader questions about how communities function and how individuals and cultural groups live within them.
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DE LA TIERRA | Curated by Michael Anthony Garcia

Sep 09, 9:00AM 10:00PM
Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); University Gallery I
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Chad Dawkins, 512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
University Galleries, School of Art & Design
This exhibition runs through October 7, 2015.

Y No Se Lo Tragó La Tierra (And the Earth Did Not Devour Him) centers on the migrant worker experience through childhood memories, presented as a series of vignettes. Guest curator Michael Anthony Garcia assembled a varied group of artists to create works within a similar structure; the resulting exhibition explores the vibrant imagery of Tomás Rivera’s novel and the immigrant/migrant worker issues at the heart of it. This exhibition is structured to be a nexus of conversation about the topics, images, and issues that Rivera wove into the vignettes of his novel — both between the creatives (curator/artists) involved, as well as the visitor within the gallery space. We invite you to join us in conversation about this influential literary work.

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Opening Reception for DE LA TIERRA | Curated by Michael Anthony Garcia

Sep 09, 5:00PM 7:00PM
Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); University Gallery I
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Chad Dawkins, 512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
University Galleries, School of Art & Design
Opening reception for the art exhibit, DE LA TIERRA. 

For this exhibition, guest curator Michael Anthony Garcia assembled a varied group of artists to create works within a similar structure. The resulting exhibition explores the vibrant imagery of Tomás Rivera’s novel and the immigrant/migrant worker issues at the heart of it. This opening reception for the exhibition is structured to be a nexus of conversation about the topics, images, and issues that Rivera wove into the vignettes of his novel — both between the creatives (curator/ artists) involved, as well as the visitors within the gallery space. We invite you to join us in conversation about this influential literary work.

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Hispanic Welcome Reception

Sep 09, 6:00PM 8:00PM
Location:
JC Kellam Reed Parr Room (11th floor) (JCK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jesse Silva, 512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) welcomes Hispanic new freshman and transfer students with food, music, networking and information about resources to help students make the transition to Bobcat Country. This reception is an opportunity to meet Hispanic/Latino student organizations, leaders, faculty and staff. Program is hosted by Latinas Unidas and Hombres Unidos.

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The Recent Elections and Democratization in Mexico

Sep 10, 5:00PM 6:00PM
Location:
Taylor-Murphy History Building (TMH); Room 104
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Melissa Derrick, 512.245.2339
Campus Sponsor:
Center for International Studies, Sigma Iota Rho, Pi Gamma Mu, International Studies Club
The Center for International Studies welcomes Dr. Manuel González Oropeza. Dr. Oropeza is a judge of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Branch in Mexico. He is also an acting member of the Venice Commission, which seeks to promote democracy through the rule of law.
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Black and Latino Playwrights Conference | Tribute: Octavio Solis

Sep 11, 11:00AM 10:00PM
Location:
Theatre Center (THEA); Room 209, Mainstage, and Lobby
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Eugene Lee, 512.245.2147
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance annually sponsors a Black and Latino Playwrights Conference that includes professional guest directors and actors, auditions, 3-5 days of open rehearsals, and in-class presentations by guest artists, culminating in staged reading performances open to the campus and community.

Friday, September 11:
» 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: "Brown Bag" gathering in Theatre Center Room 209.
» 7:30 p.m.: Mainstage Tribute to Distinguished Guest Octavio Solis to include excerpts from his works, followed by Q&A and presentation of award. Post-tribute reception in Theatre Center Lobby.

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Black and Latino Playwrights Conference | Reading Presentation

Sep 12, 1:00PM 10:00PM
Location:
Theatre Center (THEA); Room 209, Mainstage
Cost:
$4
Contact:
Eugene Lee, 512.245.2147
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance annually sponsors a Black and Latino Playwrights Conference that includes professional guest directors and actors, auditions, 3-5 days of open rehearsals, and in-class presentations by guest artists, culminating in staged reading performances open to the campus and community.

Saturday, September 12:
» 1-5 p.m.: Writer's Workshop in Theatre Center Room 209: "The Building Blocks of Drama and the 10 Minute Play."
» 7:30 p.m.: First New Play Development Workshop Reading Presentation on Main Stage: "Finding Vermont" by Gavin Lawrence. Audience talkback immediately following.

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Black and Latino Playwrights Conference | Reading Presentation

Sep 13, 12:00PM 3:30PM
Location:
Theatre Center (THEA); Room 209, Mainstage
Cost:
$4
Contact:
Eugene Lee, 512.245.2147
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance annually sponsors a Black and Latino Playwrights Conference that includes professional guest directors and actors, auditions, 3-5 days of open rehearsals, and in-class presentations by guest artists, culminating in staged reading performances open to the campus and community.

Sunday, September 13:
» 12 p.m.: Final New Play Development Workshop Reading Presentation on Mainstage: "Through Andrew's Eyes" by Oscar Cabrera. Audience talkback immediately following.
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Mama's Kitchen | Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Sep 15, 12:00PM 2:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jonnie Wilson, 512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Vice President for Student Affairs, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion
The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion invites you to join us for a taste of home as Texas State kicks off Hispanic History Month. This is a great way to meet Texas State students, staff and faculty members in a casual environment and learn about organizations from the Underrepresented Student Advisory Council (USAC). Remember to bring your Texas State ID card with you to enter the LBJSC Ballroom. For accommodations, contact the SDI Office at 512.245.2278 and at least 72 hours prior to start of program.
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ROBERT RODRIGUEZ: LBJ Distinguished Lecture

Sep 16, 7:00PM 8:00PM
Location:
Evans Auditorium (ELA)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Pam Wuestenberg, 512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Robert Rodriguez is a film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and musician. He is also the founder, chairman and CEO of El Rey Network. As a student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Robert Rodriguez wrote the script to his first feature film while sequestered as a paid subject in a clinical experiment. He planned to make the money back by selling the film to the Mexican home video market. The film, El Mariachi, went on to win the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and it became the lowest-budget movie ever released by a major studio. Rodriguez has gone on to write, produce, direct and edit a series of successful films, including Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty, the Spy Kids franchise, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Frank Miller’s Sin City, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D, Grindhouse, and Machete. In 2000, he founded Troublemaker Studios, an Austin-based production facility of which he is
co-owner and president. The studio has played a primary role in making Austin a vibrant filmmaking hub.

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Philosophy Dialogue | …And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him

Sep 21, 3:30PM 5:00PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speakers: Film and Discussion: …And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. For over 12 years, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Latino Stars in the Constellation of the Rising Star of Texas

Sep 21, 6:30PM 8:30PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gloria Velásquez or Alba Melgar, 512.245.1354
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Policy Network, Equity and Access
The purpose of this event is to acknowledge and to honor several Latino values at Texas State University. Each of the honorees shines as a star on their own merits and sparkles their own light trough their personal work and dedication to the Hispanic Community of Texas State University, the Rising Star of Texas. During this event, each honoree will receive the HPN award, consisting of a plaque acknowledging their professional achievements toward the growth and success of the Texas State community.

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Voces de Braceros del Valle del Río Grande Photography Exhibit

Sep 22, 11:00AM 1:00PM
Location:
Brazos Hall (BRAZ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest
Several university classes in a border institution collaborated between 2011 and 2012 with elders from both sides of the Texas México border to construct a new narrative about the Bracero program, the international labor agreement sponsored by the United States and México between 1942 and 1964. Using oral histories and the creation of personal narratives, undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty worked with living Braceros and other elders to engage Braceros and their families living on both sides of the border to capture their stories and to make these stories public. Special Guest: Tim Z. Hernandez.
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Philosophy Dialogue | Bridge Builders on the Quad

Sep 22, 12:30PM 2:00PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speakers: Dialogue Class

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. For over 12 years, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Tim Z. Hernandez: All They Will Call You

Sep 22, 6:00PM 7:30PM
Location:
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest
Tim Z. Hernandez presents research on his journey to identify 28 people who died in the 1948 Los Gatos Canyon plane crash. The 28 Mexican nationals were buried in a mass grave and went unidentified for over 60 years. Hernandez's research will be published in a "carefully woven narrative of the incident, the song, and the lives of all 32 passengers who died, told via transcribed interviews, documents, letters and photographs."
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7th Annual Majors Fair

Sep 23, 12:00PM 3:30PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jaimie Haider, 512.245.2218
Campus Sponsor:
University College Advising Center
The Majors Fair provides an opportunity for students to explore undergraduate academic programs, major options, minors, certificates and graduate programs offered at Texas State University by networking with faculty, staff and other students. Students who attend should bring their Texas State ID card. The event will include free pizza, free drinks and door-prize drawings.
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Philosophy Dialogue | Toward a More Inclusive Texas History

Sep 23, 3:30PM 5:00PM
Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Dr. J. Frank de la Teja, "Toward a More Inclusive Texas History: Rereading the Lone Star State"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. For over 12 years, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Remembering, Discovery, and Will

Sep 24, 12:30PM 2:00PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speakers: Goyland Williams, Communication Studies; Dialogue Graduate Student: "Remembering, Discovery, and Will in Tomás Rivera’s …y no se lo tragó la tierra"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. For over 12 years, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Opening Reception | Las Manos Que Crean

Sep 24, 4:00PM 6:00PM
Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Room 407 | The Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Krys Nelson, 512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Common Experience
Opening Reception
The Gallery of the Common Experience
Las Manos Que Crean: Chicano Heritage, Culture & Meanings
Exhibition runs September 21, 2015 to January 22, 2016

This exhibition will share works that present different perspectives on Chicano identity, with the goal of encouraging viewers to reconsider and redefine the term Chicano. As part of Texas State University’s 2015-2016 Common Experience theme, "Bridged Through Stories: The Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico, An Homage to Dr. Tomás Rivera," this exhibition will contribute to our community’s understanding of Chicanos as distinct and important players in the American story.
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Tomás Rivera Award Conference

Sep 25, 8:45AM 4:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
$25 regular or $10 for students
Contact:
Jesse Gainer, 512.963.6083
Campus Sponsor:
College of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Common Experience, Equity and Access, Presidential Lecture Series
This conference celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award. The conference will feature 14 authors and illustrators who have won the award in the last decade. Lunch will be served. Register at riverabookaward.org (http://riverabookaward.org/).
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Tomás Rivera Award Literature Fair

Sep 26, 10:00AM 3:30PM
Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library and San Marcos Activity Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jesse Gainer, 512.963.6083
Campus Sponsor:
College of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Common Experience, Equity and Access, University Lecture Series
The Rivera Award Literature Fair celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award. The event will include a book parade, presentations by students, readings by 15 award-winning authors and illustrators, and hands-on activities for the whole family. Free and open to the public.
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Philosophy Dialogue | Medical Practice in the U.S. and Mexico

Sep 28, 12:00PM 3:30PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philoshopy
Speakers: Vince Luizzi, Philosophy, and Professional Ethics Students: "Medical Practice in the U.S. and Mexico: 100 Years of Togetherness"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. For over 12 years, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.
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And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him | Screening with Filmmaker Severo Perez

Sep 29, 7:00PM 9:00PM
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest, College of Education, College of Applied Arts, The Wittliff Collections
Join filmmaker Severo Perez for a screening and discussion of his film adaption of Tomás Rivera's classic novel …y no se lo tragó la tierra / …And the Earth Did Not Devour Him.

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Diversity Film Series | Spare Parts

Sep 30, 11:00AM 1:00PM
Location:
JC Kellam Reed Parr Room (11th floor) (JCK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Fermin Torrez, 512.245.2181
Campus Sponsor:
Vice President of Finance and Support Services
Spare Parts is based on the true story of four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school's new teacher, Fredi Cameron (George Lopez). With no experience, $800, used car parts and a dream, this rag-tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot but also learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime. Also starring Maris Tomei, Carlos PenaVega and Jamie Lee Curtis.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Taking Their Word

Sep 30, 12:50PM 12:50PM
Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Arturo Arias, Tomás Rivera Regents Professor in Latin American Literature, University of Texas: "Taking Their Word: Literature and the Signs of Central America"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Latin American Literature Workshop

Sep 30, 7:00PM 8:30PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Arturo Arias, Tomás Rivera Regents Professor in Latin American Literature, University of Texas: "Latin American Literature Workshop"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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October 2015

DE LA TIERRA | Curated by Michael Anthony Garcia

Oct 01, 9:00AM 10:00PM
Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); University Gallery I
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Chad Dawkins, 512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
University Galleries, School of Art & Design
This exhibition runs through October 7, 2015.

Y No Se Lo Tragó La Tierra (And the Earth Did Not Devour Him) centers on the migrant worker experience through childhood memories, presented as a series of vignettes. Guest curator Michael Anthony Garcia assembled a varied group of artists to create works within a similar structure; the resulting exhibition explores the vibrant imagery of Tomás Rivera’s novel and the immigrant/migrant worker issues at the heart of it. This exhibition is structured to be a nexus of conversation about the topics, images, and issues that Rivera wove into the vignettes of his novel — both between the creatives (curator/artists) involved, as well as the visitor within the gallery space. We invite you to join us in conversation about this influential literary work.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Latina Voices Old and Young

Oct 01, 12:30PM 2:00PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Shaun Ford, Philosophy; Dialogue Graduate Student: "Latina Voices Old and Young: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and Isabel Quintero"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Philosophy Dialogue | American Freedom

Oct 01, 2:00PM 3:30PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Ivan Marquez, Philosophy: "American Freedom: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Latin American Identity

Oct 05, 2:00PM 3:30PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Alan Alanis, Texas State Philosophy Alumnus: "Latin American Identity"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Yakona: Film Screening + Musical Performance

Oct 06, 7:00PM 9:00PM
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Marquiss, 512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Reading Program, University Seminar
In celebration of this year's Common Experience theme, "Bridged Through Stories," University Seminar and the Common Reading Program will host a screening and musical performance of the award-winning film Yakona: Journey Through the Eyes of a River (2014). Yakona, meaning "rising water" in the Tonkawan language, is a visual journey through the clear waters of the San Marcos River and Spring Lake. The river has seen mastodons on its banks, the Native tribes of North America rise and fall, Spanish explorers seeking the fountain of youth and modern man building dams, theme parks, roads and bridges. The spring-fed waters harbor eight endangered species and support a diverse ecosystem of plants and animals that have remained relatively unchanged for millions of years. A discussion on sustainability and river stewardship will follow the film. The screening will feature a live performance of the film's musical score by Texas State student musicians, led by composer Justin Sherburn.

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Philosophy Dialogue | The Social Construction of Race

Oct 07, 3:30PM 5:00PM
Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Isaac Wiegman, Philosophy: "The Social Construction of Race"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Flor y Canto: A Bilingual Poetry Reading

Oct 07, 4:00PM 6:00PM
Location:
The Quad; The Stallions Statue
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Krystal Kurtz, 979.820.5219
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Housing and Residence Life and Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society
Students can read / recite poetry in either English or Spanish, or some combination of the two. Poetry can be original or by a Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, or Latino author.
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Naturalization Ceremony and Celebration of Citizenship

Oct 08, 10:00AM 12:00PM
Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC); UAC Arch
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Alex Villalobos, 512.245.8336
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Policy Network of Texas State, Department of Sociology
This is an event whereby immigrants from different cultures take the Oath of Allegiance to complete the process of becoming U.S. citizens.

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Mini-Conference | Immigration, Migration, Memory, and Public History

Oct 10, 8:00AM 5:30PM
Location:
Taylor-Murphy History Building (TMH)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Nancy Berlage, 512.392.0982
Campus Sponsor:
Public History Program, Department of History, with support from the National Council on Public History, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Presenters working in several disciplines from Texas, the United States, and Benin address immigration, migration, memory, and public history. Includes featured talks by historian Yolanda Chavez Leyva (UTEP) on "Traspasando Fronteras con Museo Urbano: Engaging Immigrant Communities in a Transnational Narrative," and Yadira Perez Hazel (Manhattan CC-CUNY) on "When History Meets Humanity: Oral History and the New Exhibits at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NYC." Doors open at 8 a.m. for coffee breakfast, sessions begin at 9 a.m.
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Sacred Springs Powwow

Oct 10, 10:00AM 6:00PM
Location:
Spring Lake Hall (SLH); The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive
Cost:
$3 for adults; children 12 years and younger free
Contact:
Maria F. Rocha, 512.393.3310
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Business Student Association, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Sigma Lambda Beta
A festival celebrating the stories of Native Americans through traditional dance, drumming, singing, storytelling and art. A Native Culture Tent will feature Native American storytellers, flute players, youth performances, dance demonstrations. An arena tent feature Native American traditional dancers and drummers/singers. Indigenous foods and art for sale.
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Promising Paradise: Whiteness, Nation-building and the Japanese Colonies in the Dominican Republic

Oct 12, 5:00PM 6:00PM
Location:
Taylor-Murphy History Building (TMH); Swinney Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Nancy Berlage, 512.245.4529
Campus Sponsor:
Department of History and Public History Program, with support from the Common Experience, College of Liberal Arts, and Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Yadira Perez Hazel discusses whiteness, belonging, identity, and immigration in the Dominican Republic. During the 1950s, the Dominican government offered free land to Japanese immigrants to settle along the Dominico-Haitian border. This settlement was part of a nation-building project, which sought to distance Dominican national identity from that of its neighbor, Haiti. Global whiteness became localized in the Dominican Republic, allowing Japanese immigrants to become the Dominicans' white solution to its Haitian "black problem." Perez Hazel draws on colonial, geopolitical, and national histories, discourses, and symbolic representation to understand this national articulation of whiteness. Perez Hazel is a cultural anthropologist with the Center for Ethnic Studies, Borough of Manhattan CC-CUNY.
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Philosophy Dialogue | The Passionate Idealism of Don Quixote

Oct 13, 12:30PM 2:00PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Susan Jaffe, Spanish: "The Passionate Idealism of Don Quixote"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.
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Chicano or Mexican American? A Common Experience

Oct 13, 5:30PM 7:30PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gloria Velásquez or Alba Melgar, 512.245.1354
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Policy Network, Equity and Access Diversity Grant, Common Experience
This event will address the fact that regardless the term used to refer a person of Mexican ancestry, Chicano or Mexican American, the important element is the pride each person feels of his or her Mexican heritage as they all are united by a common American experience. This event will include the screening of the PBS film A Class Apart: The Mexican-American Struggle in Edna, Texas, highlighting the educational equality and civil rights of all Mexican Americans. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Saúl Sánchez, Dr. Jaime Mejía, Professor Juan Rodríguez, Mary Rodríguez Padilla and Gloria Salazar. The five panelists will share with the audience their experiences growing up during this historical time period, as they identify themselves as Chicanos or Mexican Americans.

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Students' Culture and Language | Two Documentaries

Oct 13, 6:30PM 9:00PM
Location:
Academic Services Building (ASB); Room 150
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lori Czop Assaf, 512.789.5975
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
This Quetzal Critical Movie Series will show two short films highlighting the individual stories of students in the U.S. and South Africa who have fought against policies that dismiss their culture and language rights. The documentary Soweto Streets highlights the historic language riots from 1976 in which over 500 students died protesting against apartheid language policies. Precious Knowledge uncovers the portraits of several student activists who fought to keep a Mexican American Ethnic Studies program in Tucson, Arizona. Both films provide opportunities for Texas State students to question our educational systems and language/cultural policies while learning about the individuals who have changed history.

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British National Debate Team vs. LBJ Debate Society

Oct 13, 7:00PM 8:00PM
Location:
Performing Arts Center (ARTS); Recital Hall
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Wayne Kraemer, 512.245.2331
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Communication Studies, LBJ Debate Society
The British National Debate Team tour of the United States is the most prestigious debate tour in the world. As part of the "Great Society Debate Series" this debate will feature the British Team against the LBJ Debate Society of Texas State on the Common Experience theme with an emphasis on discussing immigration.
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Philosophy Dialogue | Don Quijote

Oct 14, 3:30PM 5:00PM
Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Susan Jaffe, Spanish: "Don Quijote"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.
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Latino Music Influences on American Culture

Oct 14, 5:00PM 8:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gloria Martinez-Ramos, 512.245.2470
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Policy Network, Equity and Access Diversity Grant, Department of Sociology, Department of Modern Languages, Department of History
This event will highlight the fusion of music, language, and culture that has shaped Latino music in the United States, showcasing how Mexican American or Chicano music influenced American music and culture. The evening will begin with a performance by Mariachi Corbetas de Austin followed by a showing of the PBS film "Latin Music USA" with invited Peabody Award-winning independent filmmaker and director John Valadez.

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"De Novo" by Houses on the Moon Theatre Company

Oct 14, 7:30PM 9:00PM
Location:
Evans Auditorium (ELA)
Cost:
Reserved Seating $15; General Admission $10; Texas State Students Free
Contact:
Dr. Nico Schüler, 512.245.3395
Campus Sponsor:
University Performing Arts Committee
On the streets of Guatemala City, gang members were Edgar’s only family. But he dreamed of a different future. To leave the gang was a death sentence. Coming to the USA was his last hope.

This documentary play, crafted entirely from immigration court transcripts, interviews and letters, tells the gripping true story of 14-year-old Edgar Chocoy and his legal struggle to be allowed to stay in the United States.

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Mass Communication Week

Oct 19, 9:00AM 5:00PM
Location:
Old Main (OM); Room 320
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Beth Clark, 512.395.4733
Campus Sponsor:
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Events run through Saturday, October 24. See link below.

Mass Communication Week hosts prominent industry leaders during an events-filled week of panel discussions, guest speakers and activities relevant to the professions of advertising, electronic media, journalism and public relations. Student leaders and alumni offer information and advice on exploring careers through internships and participation in campus media and pre-professional student organizations.

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SCOPE Presents Guero Loco!

Oct 19, 6:00PM 9:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Juan Jaimes, 512.662.5361
Campus Sponsor:
The Common Experience, Multicultural Programs Committee, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion
Student Community Of Progressive Empowerment (SCOPE) would like to introduce the Texas State, DREAMer allies, and the San Marcos community to the life experiences of the DREAMers. Many DREAMers were born in Mexico and brought here to the United States at an early age, bridging their life and culture of Mexico to that of the United States. The main event is a musical presentation by Guero Loco, aka Mr. GL (who is devoted to teaching the Spanish language through his music), covering topics such as immigration reform, multiculturalism, and political activism to the beat of reggaeton.
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Kick Off Your Career: Social Value, Significance and Scope

Oct 20, 12:30PM 1:50PM
Location:
Evans Auditorium (ELA)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Olga Mayoral Wilson, 512.245.6108
Campus Sponsor:
D. D. Hachar Visiting Hispanic Media Professionals Program
Journalist and author Domingo Martinez will focus on the social value and significance of completing a college degree, the consequences of living without one, and how it can change your options and sense of self-worth. Martinez draws from personal experiences and those of his family. A native of Brownsville, Texas, he will include observations and advice for students from South Texas who are usually the first in their families to attend college. Martinez is the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoir and National Book Award finalist, The Boy Kings of Texas. He is currently writing the script for the HBO original series based on The Boy Kings of Texas, produced by Salma Hayek’s production company, Ventanarosa. This is a Mass Comm Week 2015 event.
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Severo Perez: Speak Only of Cats

Oct 20, 6:00PM 7:30PM
Location:
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest, The Wittliff Collections, College of Education, College of Applied Arts, College of Liberal Arts, Hispanic Policy Network
Join filmmaker Severo Perez for a reading and discussion of his play, Speak Only of Cats.

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Roundtable 360: 260 Miles y Mas

Oct 20, 6:00PM 7:15PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Janet Hale, 512.245.2547
Campus Sponsor:
McCoy College of Business Administration, Common Experience, Net Impact Student Organization
Lively conversation on "hot" topics will be the focus of panelists Dr. Rico Ainslie, the Honorable Sherri Greenberg and Mark Madrid. Concentrating on the 260 miles from Round Rock to the Rio Grande River and beyond, panelists will bring their 21st century happenings through stories and film.
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Kick Off Your Career: Social Value, Significance and Scope

Oct 21, 11:00AM 12:20PM
Location:
Evans Auditorium (ELA)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Olga Mayoral Wilson, 512.245.6108
Campus Sponsor:
D. D. Hachar Visiting Hispanic Media Professionals Program
Journalist and author Domingo Martinez will focus on the social value and significance of completing a college degree, the consequences of living without one, and how it can change your options and sense of self-worth. Martinez draws from personal experiences and those of his family. A native of Brownsville, Texas, he will include observations and advice for students from South Texas who are usually the first in their families to attend college. Martinez is the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoir and National Book Award finalist, The Boy Kings of Texas. He is currently writing the script for the HBO original series based on The Boy Kings of Texas, produced by Salma Hayek’s production company, Ventanarosa. This is a Mass Comm Week 2015 event.
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Library Film Series: Who is Dayani Cristal?

Oct 21, 6:30PM 9:00PM
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); ALK 250 | Alkek Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Liz Hibbs, 512.245.8547
Campus Sponsor:
University Library
Come for the snacks and stay for a great movie! The Library Film Series continues this semester with the film Who is Dayani Cristal? This film ties into the 2015-2016 Common Experience theme. Viewers are welcome to stay afterward to discuss the major themes of the film.
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A Mexican Celebration: Culture, Society, and Music

Oct 23, 3:30PM 5:00PM
Location:
Performing Arts Center (ARTS); Recital Hall
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sherri Mora, 512.245.7427
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, School of Music, Common Experience
Please join the School of Music in collaboration with the departments of Political Science and Sociology to celebrate Mexican culture, its society, and music. The event will include performances by students from the School of Music and commentary from distinguished faculty.
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Leadership Film Series: DOCUMENTED

Oct 27, 4:30PM 7:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); 3-15.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Ashley Spicer-Runnels, 512.245.5323
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students Office
We are excited to present the Fall 2015 edition of the Leadership Film Series on Tuesday, October 27th, at 4:45 p.m. (dinner starting at 4:30 p.m.), with a screening of DOCUMENTED. This film chronicles the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in person in over 20 years.

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Film Screening: Which Way Home

Oct 28, 7:00PM 9:30PM
Location:
Flowers Hall (FH); Room 341
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dana Holmes, 512.914.5405
Campus Sponsor:
Keith Needham, Carla Gomez, Dana Holmes
Which Way Home follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call "The Beast." Director Rebecca Cammisa tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year-old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota; Jose, a 10-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and Kevin, a streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. Which Way Home was nominated for a 2010 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and received four EMMY nominations.
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Campus Canvas Project: Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Oct 29, 1:00PM 3:00PM
Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC); UAC Archway
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Krys Nelson, 510.388.0537
Campus Sponsor:
The Gallery of the Common Experience
The Campus Canvas Project is a recurring event sponsored by The Gallery of the Common Experience and the Honors College. We will be joining the Dia de los Muertos festivities at the UAC Archway in celebration of the scheduled Mayan Ball Game performance. Two 4' x 4' canvases will be made available for those who wish to paint, draw or add an inspirational quote reflecting the holiday event. All supplies will be provided.
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Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Oct 29, 6:30PM 8:30PM
Location:
Off Campus; City Park Rec Hall in San Marcos
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Sotolongo, 512.245.6001
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Center for the Study of the Southwest, Multicultural Programs Committee, El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos
Dia de los Muertos is a rich combination of indigenous and Spanish cultural traditions, transcending borders and generations, which celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed away. This free event is a collaboration between the Honors College, Center for the Study of the Southwest, Multicultural Programs Committee, El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, and various student organizations. Enjoy an evening filled with music, dance, food, face painting, and crafts as you learn about what this holiday means and how to create your own Dia de los Muertos altar. Share stories, but take home more than just memories!
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Dia de los Muertos 5K Run/Walk

Oct 31, 8:00AM 9:00PM
Location:
Off Campus; River Ridge Parkway
Cost:
Registration: $10-$35
Contact:
Celia Rosales, 512.353.7519
Campus Sponsor:
Johnnie T. Rosales Memorial Scholarship Fund, Centro, Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, Center for the Study of the Southwest
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Saturday, October 31, 2015 with the 3rd annual morning 5K Run/Walk at River Ridge Parkway. Add to the fun and wear your favorite Day of the Dead running costume. Music by DJ Jammin Jesse, door prizes, face painting (available onsite to early registrant arrivals), and multiple chances to win unique trophy awards. Take a photo next to the legendary Day of the Dead icon, Catrina, and her escort, Juanito. Sponsor a memory board for display at the race in honor of a loved one who has passed, or place his/her name on the Butterfly Tree. For more information and to register, visit the link below.
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November 2015

Día de los Muertos Celebration | Death's Portrait: Iconography of Death Around the World

Nov 02, 5:30PM 7:30PM
Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); Room 157
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gloria Velásquez or Alba Melgar, 512.245.1354
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Modern Languages, The Graduate College, Dean of Students, Honors College, Center for the Study of the Southwest
Death's Portrait: Iconography of Death Around the World will bring us a vast representation and symbolism of Death through history and cultures. The purpose of this event is for the presenters to share their knowledge about the iconography of Death in the culture with which they identify or are familiar in 7-10 minute presentations.

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The Making of a Chicano Filmmaker: A Conversation with Severo Perez

Nov 03, 6:00PM 7:30PM
Location:
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest, The Wittliff Collections, College of Education, College of Applied Arts
Severo Perez grew up in San Antonio, attended Texas State University, and became a successful filmmaker in Los Angeles. Join us for a discussion and open Q&A with this award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Bilingual Education in Texas

Nov 04, 11:00AM 12:30PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Carlos Blanton, History, Texas A&M University: "The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Signing of the Higher Education Act

Nov 04, 1:00PM 5:30PM
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Alkek Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dean of Students Office, 512.245.5322
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State University, Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos
The Higher Education Act, signed 50 years ago at Texas State University, made a college education attainable for thousands of lower- and middle-income students who might never have considered this possibility. Pell Grants, work-study, low-interest student loans, the National Teachers Corps, Title IX and more became a part of the act that we now take for granted. Inspired by President Lyndon B. Johnson's experiences in Cotulla, Texas, and at Texas State University, this legislation became central to the legacies of our institution, Texas and the United States.

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Philosophy Dialogue | George I. Sánchez: The Long Fight...

Nov 04, 3:30PM 5:00PM
Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Carlos Blanton, History, Texas A&M University: "George I. Sánchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Latino Immigration and the American Dream

Nov 04, 5:30PM 7:30PM
Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); Room 157
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gloria Martinez-Ramos, 512.245.2470
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Policy Network, Equity and Access Diversity Grant
The growth of Latino immigration from Latin America to the U.S. is an important development in American history. Every year many emigrate from their countries fleeing from violence and political persecution in their native homeland with the hope of seeking freedom in America. This event will include a film screening of El Norte by Gregory Nava. It is a story of two indigenous youths who flee Guatemala in the early 1980s due to ethnic and political persecution of the Guatemalan Civil War. Invited guest speaker: Arturo Arias.

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Philosophy Dialogue | John Dewey's Educational Pragmatism

Nov 05, 12:30PM 2:00PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Maximiliano Hernandez and Jeffrey Inmon, Dialogue Students: "John Dewey's Educational Pragmatism in Mexico"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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HPN Fall Symposium: Latinos, Criminal Justice, and Diversity in the 21st Century

Nov 05, 2:30PM 5:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Room 3-14.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gloria Martinez-Ramos, 512.245.2470
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Policy Network, University Lecturer Series 2015-16, Equity and Access Diversity Grant, Department of Sociology, Department of Criminal Justice
This event will showcase the PBS Frontline film Lost in Detention and Dr. Martin Urbina, Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Natural & Behavioral Sciences at Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College and author "Latina/o Access to Higher Education: Ethnic Realities and New Directions for the Twenty First Century" (forthcoming) and "Latino Police Officers in the United States: An Examination of Emerging Trends and Issues" (2015). Dr. Urbina will present a lecture discussing how incarceration trends reflect institutional practices and evaluations by both the educational and criminal justice systems. His lecture will also focus on the way immigration policy has treated undocumented immigrants in detention facilities in the U.S. and the collateral impact on Latino children and their families. Dialogue and discussion will center on alternative programs to prevent youth from incarceration and to develop positive solutions.
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Rows of Memory: A Conversation

Nov 10, 6:00PM 8:00PM
Location:
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
María Diocares or Margaret Dunaway, 512.245.2360
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Modern Languages, Center for the Study of the Southwest, Rincón Hispano, Sigma Delta Pi
Reception and conversation with Drs. Saúl Sánchez (author of Rows of Memory) Antonio Rivera, and Juan Rodríguez, who will share their personal memories of Dr. Tomás Rivera. Includes book sale and signing for Rows of Memory, in which Dr. Sánchez reveals the experiences of his family as Mexican American migrant workers laboring from Texas to various sites in the Midwest U.S.
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Philosophy Dialogue | Frida Kahlo's Meditations on Experience

Nov 11, 11:00AM 12:30PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Rebecca Farinas, Philosophy: "Frida Kahlo’s Meditations on Experience: Self-Portraiture Viewed from the Reflective Perspective of Dewey’s Pragmatic Aesthetic"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Japanese Cinema Club Presents: Ashurajō no Hitomi

Nov 11, 5:00PM 7:00PM
Location:
Taylor-Murphy History Building (TMH); Room 101
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Eden Hill, 512.438.9747
Campus Sponsor:
Japanese Cinema Club
Japanese Cinema Club presents Ashurajō no Hitomi — the fourth film of the "Night Parade of 1000 Demons" sequence, which brings a Japanese folkloric perspective of the supernatural to the Texas State audience. Selected films draw from classical kabuki plays, kaidan tales, and other elements of Japanese culture, encouraging exploration of how different cultures respond to the unknown through themes and symbols.

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Severo Perez: Migrant Roots

Nov 12, 6:00PM 8:00PM
Location:
Round Rock Campus; Teaching Theater, Room 252
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cheryll Dennis, 512.716.4533
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Round Rock Campus, Round Rock Arts Council, Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, Snappy Snacks
In conjunction with the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, this Common Experience event will feature Severo Perez, a filmmaker and writer from Los Angeles, California. The focus will be on Perez's film, And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him, which is based on Tomás Rivera's novel-in-stories, …y no se lo tragó la tierra/ …And the Earth Did Not Devour Him. As Severo Perez shows clips from his film, he will weave the stories of migrant farmers throughout. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

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Diwali 2015

Nov 14, 6:00PM 9:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Moonis Ali, 512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Indian Students Association, LBJ Student Center, Student Diversity and Inclusion, USAC
DIWALI is an exciting and educational Indian cultural event where you can enjoy Indian music, dance, artwork, delicious Indian food and much more. The event is free and open to the public. We invite you and your family to come out and enjoy this exhilarating celebration.

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Celebration of the People Conference and Powwow

Nov 16, 8:00AM 5:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Stella Silva, 512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Student Diversity and Inclusion, LBJ Student Center, Student Involvement
Come out and enjoy Native American and Indigenous culture through speaker presentations, storytelling, dance performances, vendors and much more. The event is free and open to the public.
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Abridged Stories...Connecting the Distance Between Us

Nov 17, 1:00PM 1:40PM
Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Room 407, The Honors Coffee Forum and Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Nadine Mozon, 512.245.0579
Campus Sponsor:
Course in Department of Theatre and Dance
"Actor Artist Aesthetic" is a course offered in the Department of Theatre where student actors who are finding their voice as writers create original work using the Common Experience theme as a wellspring. For the past five years, we've shared a staged reading of the work in progress in the Honors Coffee Forum. This year, "Abridged Stories...Connecting the Distance Between Us," an ensemble-based devised performance piece in process, will be shared as a reading.

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7th International Research Conference for Graduate Students

Nov 18, 12:30PM 12:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Event is free and open to all; lunch by invitation only
Contact:
Dr. Sandy Rao, 512.245.2582
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College, Academic Colleges, Common Experience, Office of Research and Federal Relations, The Graduate House, University Bookstore
Keynote Address and Awards Luncheon 

Keynote Address: "Ensuring the Success of Latina/o Students Across the P-20 Education Pipeline" presented by Dr. Victor B. Saenz, associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Keynote address will be followed by Top Student Paper Awards Presentation.

(This event is free and open to all; however, lunch is by invitation only.)

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Japanese Cinema Club Presents: Throne of Blood

Nov 18, 5:00PM 7:15PM
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Instant Theater, 2nd Floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Eden Hill, 512.438.9747
Campus Sponsor:
Japanese Cinema Club
Japanese Cinema Club presents Throne of Blood — the fifth film of the "Night Parade of 1000 Demons" sequence, which brings a Japanese folkloric perspective of the supernatural to the Texas State audience. Participants will explore how Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth" has been transposed by prolific director Akira Kurosawa into Jidaigeki cinema. Participants will also be introduced to the amorphous Japanese forest spirit archetype, a shamanic figure who functions in between the human realm and the laws of nature.

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November 2015

Día de los Muertos Celebration | Death's Portrait: Iconography of Death Around the World

Nov 02, 5:30PM 7:30PM
Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); Room 157
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gloria Velásquez or Alba Melgar, 512.245.1354
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Modern Languages, The Graduate College, Dean of Students, Honors College, Center for the Study of the Southwest
Death's Portrait: Iconography of Death Around the World will bring us a vast representation and symbolism of Death through history and cultures. The purpose of this event is for the presenters to share their knowledge about the iconography of Death in the culture with which they identify or are familiar in 7-10 minute presentations.

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The Making of a Chicano Filmmaker: A Conversation with Severo Perez

Nov 03, 6:00PM 7:30PM
Location:
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest, The Wittliff Collections, College of Education, College of Applied Arts
Severo Perez grew up in San Antonio, attended Texas State University, and became a successful filmmaker in Los Angeles. Join us for a discussion and open Q&A with this award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Bilingual Education in Texas

Nov 04, 11:00AM 12:30PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Carlos Blanton, History, Texas A&M University: "The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Signing of the Higher Education Act

Nov 04, 1:00PM 5:30PM
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Alkek Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dean of Students Office, 512.245.5322
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State University, Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos
The Higher Education Act, signed 50 years ago at Texas State University, made a college education attainable for thousands of lower- and middle-income students who might never have considered this possibility. Pell Grants, work-study, low-interest student loans, the National Teachers Corps, Title IX and more became a part of the act that we now take for granted. Inspired by President Lyndon B. Johnson's experiences in Cotulla, Texas, and at Texas State University, this legislation became central to the legacies of our institution, Texas and the United States.

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Philosophy Dialogue | George I. Sánchez: The Long Fight...

Nov 04, 3:30PM 5:00PM
Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Carlos Blanton, History, Texas A&M University: "George I. Sánchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Latino Immigration and the American Dream

Nov 04, 5:30PM 7:30PM
Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); Room 157
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gloria Martinez-Ramos, 512.245.2470
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Policy Network, Equity and Access Diversity Grant
The growth of Latino immigration from Latin America to the U.S. is an important development in American history. Every year many emigrate from their countries fleeing from violence and political persecution in their native homeland with the hope of seeking freedom in America. This event will include a film screening of El Norte by Gregory Nava. It is a story of two indigenous youths who flee Guatemala in the early 1980s due to ethnic and political persecution of the Guatemalan Civil War. Invited guest speaker: Arturo Arias.

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Philosophy Dialogue | John Dewey's Educational Pragmatism

Nov 05, 12:30PM 2:00PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Maximiliano Hernandez and Jeffrey Inmon, Dialogue Students: "John Dewey's Educational Pragmatism in Mexico"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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HPN Fall Symposium: Latinos, Criminal Justice, and Diversity in the 21st Century

Nov 05, 2:30PM 5:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Room 3-14.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gloria Martinez-Ramos, 512.245.2470
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Policy Network, University Lecturer Series 2015-16, Equity and Access Diversity Grant, Department of Sociology, Department of Criminal Justice
This event will showcase the PBS Frontline film Lost in Detention and Dr. Martin Urbina, Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Natural & Behavioral Sciences at Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College and author "Latina/o Access to Higher Education: Ethnic Realities and New Directions for the Twenty First Century" (forthcoming) and "Latino Police Officers in the United States: An Examination of Emerging Trends and Issues" (2015). Dr. Urbina will present a lecture discussing how incarceration trends reflect institutional practices and evaluations by both the educational and criminal justice systems. His lecture will also focus on the way immigration policy has treated undocumented immigrants in detention facilities in the U.S. and the collateral impact on Latino children and their families. Dialogue and discussion will center on alternative programs to prevent youth from incarceration and to develop positive solutions.
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Rows of Memory: A Conversation

Nov 10, 6:00PM 8:00PM
Location:
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
María Diocares or Margaret Dunaway, 512.245.2360
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Modern Languages, Center for the Study of the Southwest, Rincón Hispano, Sigma Delta Pi
Reception and conversation with Drs. Saúl Sánchez (author of Rows of Memory) Antonio Rivera, and Juan Rodríguez, who will share their personal memories of Dr. Tomás Rivera. Includes book sale and signing for Rows of Memory, in which Dr. Sánchez reveals the experiences of his family as Mexican American migrant workers laboring from Texas to various sites in the Midwest U.S.
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Philosophy Dialogue | Frida Kahlo's Meditations on Experience

Nov 11, 11:00AM 12:30PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Dialogue Room, Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Speaker: Rebecca Farinas, Philosophy: "Frida Kahlo’s Meditations on Experience: Self-Portraiture Viewed from the Reflective Perspective of Dewey’s Pragmatic Aesthetic"

The Philosophy Dialogue Series supplements instruction, as it allows students to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues. Celebrating its 20th year, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

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Japanese Cinema Club Presents: Ashurajō no Hitomi

Nov 11, 5:00PM 7:00PM
Location:
Taylor-Murphy History Building (TMH); Room 101
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Eden Hill, 512.438.9747
Campus Sponsor:
Japanese Cinema Club
Japanese Cinema Club presents Ashurajō no Hitomi — the fourth film of the "Night Parade of 1000 Demons" sequence, which brings a Japanese folkloric perspective of the supernatural to the Texas State audience. Selected films draw from classical kabuki plays, kaidan tales, and other elements of Japanese culture, encouraging exploration of how different cultures respond to the unknown through themes and symbols.

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Severo Perez: Migrant Roots

Nov 12, 6:00PM 8:00PM
Location:
Round Rock Campus; Teaching Theater, Room 252
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cheryll Dennis, 512.716.4533
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Round Rock Campus, Round Rock Arts Council, Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, Snappy Snacks
In conjunction with the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, this Common Experience event will feature Severo Perez, a filmmaker and writer from Los Angeles, California. The focus will be on Perez's film, And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him, which is based on Tomás Rivera's novel-in-stories, …y no se lo tragó la tierra/ …And the Earth Did Not Devour Him. As Severo Perez shows clips from his film, he will weave the stories of migrant farmers throughout. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

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Diwali 2015

Nov 14, 6:00PM 9:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Moonis Ali, 512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Indian Students Association, LBJ Student Center, Student Diversity and Inclusion, USAC
DIWALI is an exciting and educational Indian cultural event where you can enjoy Indian music, dance, artwork, delicious Indian food and much more. The event is free and open to the public. We invite you and your family to come out and enjoy this exhilarating celebration.

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Celebration of the People Conference and Powwow

Nov 16, 8:00AM 5:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Stella Silva, 512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Student Diversity and Inclusion, LBJ Student Center, Student Involvement
Come out and enjoy Native American and Indigenous culture through speaker presentations, storytelling, dance performances, vendors and much more. The event is free and open to the public.
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Abridged Stories...Connecting the Distance Between Us

Nov 17, 1:00PM 1:40PM
Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Room 407, The Honors Coffee Forum and Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Nadine Mozon, 512.245.0579
Campus Sponsor:
Course in Department of Theatre and Dance
"Actor Artist Aesthetic" is a course offered in the Department of Theatre where student actors who are finding their voice as writers create original work using the Common Experience theme as a wellspring. For the past five years, we've shared a staged reading of the work in progress in the Honors Coffee Forum. This year, "Abridged Stories...Connecting the Distance Between Us," an ensemble-based devised performance piece in process, will be shared as a reading.

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7th International Research Conference for Graduate Students

Nov 18, 12:30PM 12:00PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Event is free and open to all; lunch by invitation only
Contact:
Dr. Sandy Rao, 512.245.2582
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College, Academic Colleges, Common Experience, Office of Research and Federal Relations, The Graduate House, University Bookstore
Keynote Address and Awards Luncheon 

Keynote Address: "Ensuring the Success of Latina/o Students Across the P-20 Education Pipeline" presented by Dr. Victor B. Saenz, associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Keynote address will be followed by Top Student Paper Awards Presentation.

(This event is free and open to all; however, lunch is by invitation only.)

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Japanese Cinema Club Presents: Throne of Blood

Nov 18, 5:00PM 7:15PM
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Instant Theater, 2nd Floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Eden Hill, 512.438.9747
Campus Sponsor:
Japanese Cinema Club
Japanese Cinema Club presents Throne of Blood — the fifth film of the "Night Parade of 1000 Demons" sequence, which brings a Japanese folkloric perspective of the supernatural to the Texas State audience. Participants will explore how Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth" has been transposed by prolific director Akira Kurosawa into Jidaigeki cinema. Participants will also be introduced to the amorphous Japanese forest spirit archetype, a shamanic figure who functions in between the human realm and the laws of nature.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov 19, 7:00PM 9:00PM
Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at UCM-Wesley, 510 N. Guadalupe
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Brandon L. Beck, 512.245.6477
Campus Sponsor:
Transcend at Texas State
An event with Transcend at Texas State, PFLAG San Marcos, and San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for all of the San Marcos and Texas State community to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance, to explore transgender lives, to memorialize the trans lives lost to violence, and to share stories of transgender experience. Featuring Ms. Dee Dee Watters of Houston performing a dramatic monologue honoring and representing trans lives, music by the SMUUF musicians, and personal stories from members of Transcend.
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Equality University 2015

Nov 21, 8:00AM 7:30PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free, but registration required (no walk-ins)
Contact:
Jesse Silva, 512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Student Diversity and Inclusion
Equality University is a diversity and inclusion program that brings students from all areas of campus life together to participate in a day of dialogue with national speakers, faculty and staff facilitators, and collegiate peers.

Featured Speakers include:
Rosa Alicia Clemente: Black Puerto Rican grassroots organizer, hip-hop activist, journalist, and entrepreneur.
Dr. Cindi Love: Executive Director of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Dr. Love has significant experience in higher education, for-profit and non-profit management, and social justice.

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Japanese Cinema Club Presents: Jigoku

Nov 25, 5:00PM 7:00PM
Location:
Taylor-Murphy History Building (TMH); Room 101
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Eden Hill, 512.438.9747
Campus Sponsor:
Japanese Cinema Club
Japanese Cinema Club presents Jigoku — the sixth film of the "Night Parade of 1000 Demons" sequence, which brings a Japanese folkloric perspective of the supernatural to the Texas State audience. Selected films draw from classical kabuki plays, kaidan tales, and other elements of Japanese culture, encouraging exploration of how different cultures respond to the unknown, and personify their fear with common cultural monsters, themes and symbols.
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December 2015

Dreams, Voices, Power: A Conversation on HIV in the Latino Community

Dec 01, 7:00PM 8:00PM
Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); Teaching Theater, Room 157
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Abbi Mott, 512.245.1356
Campus Sponsor:
Bienestar Coalition / PartySafe
On World AIDS Day, Richard Zaldivar will be speaking about HIV awareness, community engagement, and testing and care in the Latino community. Zaldivar is the founder and executive director of The Wall Las Memorias Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting wellness and preventing illness among Latino populations affected by HIV/AIDS. Combining HIV/AIDS education and prevention, sensitivity to the spiritual needs and religious beliefs of its clients and supporters, along with a commitment to social justice, The Wall Las Memorias under Zaldivar’s leadership has been in the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles and beyond.
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January 2016

31st Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration

Jan 20, 6:15PM 9:00PM
Location:
Old Main (OM); Old Main and LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jonnie Wilson, 512-245-2278
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion
The 31st MLK program will start with a March at 6:15 p.m. at Old Main and will end with a dinner theater starting at 7:00 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom.
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Historias de Éxito | A Reading by Octavio Pimentel

Jan 27, 3:00PM 4:30PM
Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest
Join us as Dr. Octavio Pimentel reads from his latest publication, Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices. Critically trained in rhetoric/writing and education, Dr. Pimentel combines both fields, while addressing critical issues of minoritized individuals in the composition field. Dr. Pimentel joined the Department of English at Texas State in 2005. Currently, he is working on his third book, Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media, which is currently under review with Computers and Composition Digital Press.
Reception at 3 p.m., reading at 3:30 p.m.

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Japanese Cinema Club Presents: Pale Flower

Jan 27, 5:00PM 7:00PM
Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); Room G01
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Eden Hill, 512.438.9747
Campus Sponsor:
Japanese Cinema Club
Japanese Cinema Club presents Masahiro Shinoda's new wave classic Pale Flower. The film is a nihilistic adventure into the criminal Japanese underground and the disappearance of traditional Japanese society. Central themes include the corruption of youth and the dawning of modernity. This screening is the first of a series of Japanese new wave films being shown in an attempt to connect the Texas State audience with the art, history, and development of modern Japanese society.

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The Power of Story: A Tribute to Dr. Tomás Rivera’s Legacy

Jan 28, 6:00PM 8:00PM
Location:
Round Rock Campus; Avery Building, Room 252
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sharon O'Neal, 512.750.2539
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, Office of Equity and Access, Central Texas Writing Project, Round Rock Public Library
Please join us on the Round Rock campus to hear award-winning Mexican American young adult author Diana Lopez and Mexican American slam poet Zachary Caballero. Following a welcoming performance by the Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, Lopez will share her books as well as her process for writing. Caballero, whose provocative work focuses on his life as the first in his family to pursue higher education, will perform and invite audience members to connect through the many mirrors and windows he offers into his work. This event will spotlight the arts, literature, poetry and story, paying tribute to Dr. Tomás Rivera and highlighting the power of story to create deep understandings of the Mexican American cultures in Central Texas.
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February 2016

The Bracero Program in American Memory: A Conversation

Feb 01, 3:30PM 5:00PM
Location:
Taylor-Murphy History Building (TMH); Room 110
Cost:
Free
Contact:
John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, 512.245.2142
Campus Sponsor:
Equity and Access Committee and Department of History Speaker Series
This event is part of the Caminos Cruzados Lecture Series. Caminos Cruzados brings Mexican-American historians who emphasize the complexity, importance and relevance of working-class Mexican lives to our understanding of American history. Dr. Ana Elizabeth Rosas is an associate professor in the Departments of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her work focuses on Chicana/o history, comparative immigration history, gender studies, and oral history. Her work has received support from the Ford Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Smithsonian Institution, and Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West. She has won numerous mentoring awards and has headed the AHA’s Committee on Minority Historians. Her book Abrazando el Espiritu won the Theodore Saloutos Memorial award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Association.
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¡Abrazando el Espiritu!: Bracero Families Confront the U.S.-Mexico Border

Feb 01, 6:30PM 8:00PM
Location:
Taylor-Murphy History Building (TMH); Room 110
Cost:
Free
Contact:
John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, 512.245.2142
Campus Sponsor:
Equity and Access Committee and the Department of History Speaker Series
Between 1942 and 1964, the United States and Mexican governments brought nearly five million rural Mexican residents to work on fields and railroads across the United States. In Abrazando el Espiritu, Dr. Ana Elizabeth Rosas brings women, children and their communities to bear on the Mexican labor that kept American farms and farmers thriving after World War II. Abrazando el Espiritu won the Theodore Saloutos Memorial award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Association. Dr. Rosas is an associate professor in the Departments of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her work focuses on Chicana/o history, comparative immigration history, gender studies, and oral history.
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Iglesias y Camposantos: Sacred Spaces for Mexican Catholics in San Marcos, Texas

Feb 03, 8:00AM 5:00PM
Location:
Brazos Hall (BRAZ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest
This exhibition runs weekdays through May 20, 2016.

This photographic exhibit uses oral history interviews and historical photos and documents to explore the culture and heritage of Mexican American Catholic churches, cemeteries, and funerary practices in San Marcos, Texas. Originally serving as a mission church for the Mexican community in central Texas, the parish soon tried to Americanize during the first half of the twentieth century. Following World War II and the Civil Rights Movement, Mexican Americans were able to establish a small chapel that embraced their Spanish language and Mexican Catholic traditions. Conducted over several years, the project, led by Ana M. Juárez (Department of Anthropology), involved collaboration between students, faculty and others at Texas State University, local agencies and institutions, and most importantly the local Mexican American community who generously shared the stories of their lives.

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Leaves on the Wind: The Growth of the Family Tree through the Mexican-American Journey

Feb 04, 8:00AM 5:00PM
Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Room 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Krys Nelson, 512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, Honors College
This exhibition runs weekdays through May 6, 2016.
Thumbnail image: "Working Hands" Artist: Megan Frances Vallejo, 2016.

The Spring 2016 exhibition of the Gallery of the Common Experience intends to provide insight into the Mexican-American journey from the perspective of family lineage traveled in miles, traversed in memory, treasured in personal history. Works illuminate a greater understanding of the physical migration and the cultural integration of the people who immigrated to the United States from Mexico.

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Mama's Kitchen | Black History Month Celebration

Feb 04, 12:00PM 1:30PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jonnie Wilson, 512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) invites you to join us for a taste of home. Food and beverages will be provided. Come out and enjoy good food and great fun! This is a great way to meet Texas State students, staff and faculty members in a casual environment and learn about organizations within the Underrepresented Student Advisory Council (USAC).
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The Langston Hughes Project

Feb 04, 6:30PM 8:30PM
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Skyller Walkes, 512.245.3451
Campus Sponsor:
The Talented Tenth Project, Office of Equity and Access, Office of Disability Services, Multicultural Programming Committee, Department of Housing and Residential Life
The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes's kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite. "Ask Your Mama" is Hughes's homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a 12-part epic poem scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin "cha cha" and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at Hughes’s death. The project has received contributions and support from various sources, including the generous support of Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor of music at the USC Thornton School, who will direct the performance.
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