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The Search for Justice:
Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century

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September 2017

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Art Exhibition | Reformation: An Exhibit on Justice

until Sept. 29
Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby, 830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, Honors College

Gallery of the Common Experience
Fall Exhibition
August 28 to December 8, 2017

The Common Experience theme for 2017-18 is "The Search For Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century." Artists (both students and non-students) using all mediums (2D work, 3D work, film, dance, poetry and prose) have been invited to submit work relevant to the topic of the need for awareness and reformation regarding the specific justice issues about which the artist feels called to make a statement.

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Art Exhibition | The Last Supper: 700 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates

until Sept. 29
Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Texas State Galleries , 512.245.2647
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, School of Art and Design

Texas State Galleries
Fall Exhibition
August 28 to November 10, 2017

In 1999, artist Julie Green was struck by an account in the newspaper of a death row inmate’s last meal. Since then, Green has painted the final meals of over 700 death row inmates onto individual kiln-fired ceramic plates. She plans to add 50 plates a year until capital punishment is abolished in the United States.

The meal requests, which reflect region, race, and economic background, humanize the men and women on death row. The Last Supper has particular meaning for Texas, which carries out the largest number of executions in the United States. It is the only death penalty state that does not allow a meal selection, serving only the standard prison meal of the day.

Julie Green is a professor of art at Oregon State University and is represented by Upfor Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

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National Voter Registration Day

Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Honors Coffee Forum | Room 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Sontolongo, 512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College

The Honors College is partnering with NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org to provide easy access and fun to voter registration on the Texas State campus.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Nietzsche's Genealogy of Justice

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Amelie Benedikt, Philosophy

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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The Last Supper Lecture Series: Gabriel Solis

Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino, 512.245.8085
Campus Sponsor:
School of Art and Design

Gabriel Solis is the Executive Director of the Texas After Violence Project. Solis has worked as a post-conviction mitigation investigator for the Texas Office of Capital and Forensic Writs, a researcher at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, and a coordinator of the Rule of Law Oral History Project at Columbia University. He has conducted research on policing, mass incarceration, the death penalty, and the effects of violence and trauma on families and communities. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Mexican-American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Panel Discussion | Examining The Chains of Historical Oppression: From the Nuremberg Laws & Jim Crow to SB4

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Skyller Walkes, 512.245.3451
Campus Sponsor:
College of Education

Please join us for a panel discussion and forum regarding the historical impact of systemic oppression and the contemporary residuals of that history in today's society. We will examine the trajectory of law and crime designation as it relates to World War II and the Nuremberg laws, Jim Crow, Stop and Frisk, and, most recently, Senate Bill 4 — followed by an open forum.

Panelists will include Dr. Scott Bowman, associate professor and master's program coordinator, School of Criminal Justice; Dr. Hilary A. Lustick, assistant professor, Educational Leadership and School Improvement Programs, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology (CLAS); Yonah Meiselman of the organization IfNotNow, who will share his experience in Charlottesville as an activist against antisemitism and racism; and JonCarlo Serna, staff attorney of The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights. Skyller Walkes, interim director of the Office of Disability Services, will moderate the panel discussion. 

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Philosophy Dialogue | Cosmic Justice and Natural Law

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
Dialogue Class

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Ancient Germanic Ethics: A Contemporary Perspective

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Stefan Sanchez, Philosophy

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Reading + Panel Discussion | Steve Shafer's New Book: The Border

Location:
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Mark Trahan, 512.245.2592
Campus Sponsor:
School of Social Work, The Wittliff Collections, Center for the Study of the Southwest, Common Experience

Steve Schafer visits Texas State University to read from his new book, The Border, a novel about four Mexican teenagers who flee to the U.S. through the scorching Sonoran Desert after getting caught in the crossfire of the narco-violence along the U.S./Mexico border. The novel attempts to put a human face on the conversation around immigration, particularly Latino child immigration. After the reading, a panel discussion titled "Immigration and the Refugee Experience" will focus on the experiences and criminalization of immigrants with insights from Dr. Jose Coll (director of the School of Social Work, Texas State), Dr. Luis Torres (social work, University of Houston), and Dr. John Mckiernen-González (Center for the Study of the Southwest, Texas State). Dr. Gloria Martinez-Ramos (sociology, Texas State) will moderate the panel.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Keeping Up with Congress

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Carrie Crisp, Philosophy

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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WOW Fest: Weekend of Welcome Festival

Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Plaza Park | 206 North CM Allen Parkway
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Khalil Vinson, 832.776.1553
Campus Sponsor:
Phi Beta Lambda, Gallery of the Common Experience

WOW Fest is a back-to-school welcome celebration for Texas State University students and the San Marcos community. The festival gives students the opportunity to get familiar with local San Marcos businesses, organizations, and community leaders. Participants have the opportunity to join us for food, live music, games, activities, student organizations, art vendors, and business vendors.

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October 2017

Art Exhibition | Reformation: An Exhibit on Justice

until Oct. 31
Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby, 830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, Honors College

Gallery of the Common Experience
Fall Exhibition
August 28 to December 8, 2017

The Common Experience theme for 2017-18 is "The Search For Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century." Artists (both students and non-students) using all mediums (2D work, 3D work, film, dance, poetry and prose) have been invited to submit work relevant to the topic of the need for awareness and reformation regarding the specific justice issues about which the artist feels called to make a statement.

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Art Exhibition | The Last Supper: 700 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates

until Oct. 31
Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Texas State Galleries , 512.245.2647
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, School of Art and Design

Texas State Galleries
Fall Exhibition
August 28 to November 10, 2017

In 1999, artist Julie Green was struck by an account in the newspaper of a death row inmate’s last meal. Since then, Green has painted the final meals of over 700 death row inmates onto individual kiln-fired ceramic plates. She plans to add 50 plates a year until capital punishment is abolished in the United States.

The meal requests, which reflect region, race, and economic background, humanize the men and women on death row. The Last Supper has particular meaning for Texas, which carries out the largest number of executions in the United States. It is the only death penalty state that does not allow a meal selection, serving only the standard prison meal of the day.

Julie Green is a professor of art at Oregon State University and is represented by Upfor Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

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Philosophy Dialogue | When the Moral Sphere is Broken

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
Dialogue Class

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Advocacy Workshop | Students with a Mission: Social Justice Work Beyond the University

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Skyller Walkes, 512.245.3451
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, NAACP Unit 6875-B, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Caribbean Student Association

NAACP student leaders discuss the critical need for intersectional social justice and political action work within and beyond the university community and the active roles they've assumed to engage that charge.

The purpose of the Advocacy Workshop series is to provide students with information related to the 2017-18 Common Experience theme — "The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century" — and guide them to be able to do something further with what they learn.

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The Last Supper Lecture Series: Jorge Antonio Renaud

Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino, 512.245.8085
Campus Sponsor:
School of Art and Design

After spending 25 years of his life incarcerated in Texas, Jorge Antonio Renaud went on to receive his M.A. in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin, and he has dedicated his life to restorative community building and healing for those affected by negative public policies. While in prison, Renaud wrote and published Behind the Walls: A Guide for Families and Friends of Texas Prison Inmates and spent 20 years as a freelance writer, reporter, and editor for various publications. He has acted as a policy analyst for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, an organizer with the Center for Community Change, and currently works for Texas Advocates for Justice.

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8th Annual Roundtable 360: The Eyes of Justice

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Janet Hale, 512.245.2547
Campus Sponsor:
McCoy College Bobcat Net Impact; McCoy College Ambassadors; McCoy College Ethics, Diversity and Sustainability Committee

This Roundtable 360 — "The Eyes of Justice" — will foster a lively conversation on topics related to the Common Experience theme, "The Search for Justice." Panelists include Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the only Latina Sheriff in the United States; the Honorable former Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig Enoch; and Ashton Cumberbatch, Jr., policy advisor, office of Austin Mayor Steve Adler and executive pastor, Agape Christian Ministries.

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San Marcos Public Library Dialogue | Can Restorative Justice Be Applied to (Crimes Against) the Environment?

Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Vincent Luizzi, Philosophy

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Prison Education: Changed Lives, Reduced Recidivism

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
Dialogue Class
Daniel Palomares, Texas State philosophy alumnus

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Philosophy Dialogue | De-Escalation for Activists: How to Handle Insults and Threats

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
Val Liveoak, Alternatives to Violence Project 
Honors Nonviolence Class

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Film Screening + Discussion | Grave Injustice

Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library | 625 E. Hopkins
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ida Miller, LWV Hays County, 512.738.5998
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College

This film screening of Grave Injustice, the 48 Hours episode concerning Anthony Graves' overturned conviction, tells the story of Anthony Graves, who was wrongly convicted of capital murder. He was imprisoned for almost two decades before his sentence was overturned and he was financially compensated by the state of Texas. A discussion of policy will be led by Shannon FitzPatrick, J.D., Texas State University's Attorney for Students and a former prosecutor and local expert on the Texas judicial system.

Note: Anthony Graves will speak at Texas State on Oct. 10, 7 p.m., at Evans Auditorium.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Keeping Up with Congress

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Carrie Crisp, Philosophy

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Film Screening and Discussion of Grave Injustice

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Film screening of Grave Injustice, a documentary about Anthony Graves.

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Anthony Graves

Location:
Evans Auditorium (ELA)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Nathan Pino, 512.245.2113
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, Department of Sociology, School of Criminal Justice, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, University Lecturers Series

Anthony Graves is also known as Death Row Exoneree 138. He spent more than 18 years in prison, 16 of those in solitary confinement, 12 on Texas Death Row, with two execution dates, for a crime he did not commit. With his steadfast focus on his innocence and the tireless work of The Innocence Network, he was vindicated and released in 2010.

Since then, his speaking engagements have included the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project's 25th Anniversary with retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and he testified at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Hearing on Solitary Confinement led by Senator Dick Durbin. Graves is a prominent activist with the American Civil Liberties Union.

His story has been featured on two covers of Texas Monthly, the Katie Couric Show, and the documentary "Grave Injustice," which won the 2012 Emmy Award. In 2013, he started a scholarship at University of Texas Law School in the name of his champion, Nicole Casarez, and on Martin Luther King Day 2014, he filed a grievance against District Attorney Charles Sebesta, who wrongfully convicted him.

Graves started the Anthony Graves Foundation to give children left behind by the criminal justice system a choice and a chance to live happy, productive lives and to become the powerful new foundation of our communities. AGF promotes fairness and affects reform in our criminal justice system by fighting for those who have been wrongfully convicted, those with overly harsh sentences, and cases of actual innocence.

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Dear World Photo Shoot

Location:
Texas State University; Bobcat Trail near Commons Dining Hall
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tabitha N. Williams, 512.245.1902
Campus Sponsor:
Student Involvement

Dear World is an internationally recognized portrait and storytelling project that has visited hundreds of college campuses across the world, captured over 70,000 stories (celebrities, presidents, students, and much more) and has been featured by USA Today, CNN, NBC, and Buzzfeed. Bring a friend, meet new people, share your story and hear incredible stories from Texas State University and around the world. All you need to begin is an open mind. Dear World's immersive storytelling process will do the rest — from helping you select a story to taking your professional portrait.

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Dear World Storytelling

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kaitlin White, 512.245.5286
Campus Sponsor:
Student Involvement

The Dear World live show will feature and celebrate the stories and voices from around the world and our own campus. You are cordially invited to a be a part of this very special event. A reception (with food!) will immediately follow the live show, where Dear World will be taking portraits and guiding you through their unique story sharing process to capture your very own portrait. Bring a friend, meet new people, share your story and hear incredible stories from Texas State University and around the world.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Keeping Up with Congress

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Carrie Crisp, Philosophy

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Why Rational Disagreement is Essential to Democracy

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
Dialogue Class

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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The Last Supper Lecture Series: Wes Janz

Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino, 512.245.8085
Campus Sponsor:
School of Art and Design

Wes Janz, Ph.D., RA is a former professor of architecture at Ball State University and the founder of onesmallproject, a collection of global and local initiatives that foreground the lives of people that many observers consider to be in need or at risk. In 2008, he received the Curry Stone Design Prize, an international award established to recognize and encourage breakthrough projects that "engage communities at the fulcrum of change, raising awareness, empowering individuals and fostering collective revitalization." In 2006, Janz received Ball State's Outstanding Teaching Award. He recently retired from his position at Ball State to devote more time to advocacy work surrounding the ethics of designing for confinement.

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San Marcos Public Library Dialogue | Alexis de Tocqueville on What Makes a Democracy Great

Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Vince Bagnulo (Philosophy), Notre Dame

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Advocacy Workshop | Juvenile Uplift: Reinterpreting High Risk with High Potential

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Skyller Walkes, 512.245.3451
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience and NAACP Unit 6875-B

Examining the benefits of a restorative justice and positive identity development curriculum and workshop for incarcerated youth.

The purpose of the Advocacy Workshop series is to provide students with information related to the 2017-18 Common Experience theme — "The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century" — and guide them to be able to do something further with what they learn.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Compromise: Abandonment of Principle or Necessary Principle?

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
Dialogue Class

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Nonviolent Resistance in the 20th Century

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
Honors Nonviolence Class

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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San Marcos Public Library Common Reading Book Club

Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Erika Nielson, 512.757.1016
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, University College

Community book club discussing Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy at the San Marcos Public Library. Event will occur the third Thursday of each month during September, October, and November.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Keeping Up with Congress

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Carrie Crisp, Philosophy

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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TEDxTexasStateUniversity

Location:
Performing Arts Center (PERF); Recital Hall
Cost:
$25 for adults and $10 for students
Contact:
Michael Burns, 512.245.8931
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Communication Studies

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. This year's theme is Bridging Differences. Our speakers will be sharing ideas that have bridged people, ideas, systems, and environments together. We have speakers talking about everything from social justice issues to prisoner rights. The event will also include several art installments inspired by our speakers. Ticket prices include snacks and lunch.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Statutes and Statues: The Hidden History of Jim Crow and Confederate Monuments

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
Dialogue Class

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Compassion Meditation at The Last Supper: 700 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates

Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Erika Nielson, 512.757.1016
Campus Sponsor:
University College, Texas State Galleries, School of Art and Design

Engage in a guided compassion meditation, extending good will, kindness, and warmth toward others, as you observe and experience the art exhibition, The Last Supper: 700 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates. Dr. Erika Nielson, coordinator of the Common Reading Program and a yoga instructor for 16 years, will lead attendees in meditation on the exhibition and the 2017-18 Common Experience theme, "The Search for Justice."

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Book Talk | Blue Texas: Back to the Future

Location:
Flowers Hall (FH); Room 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest

Blue Texas is about the other Texas: a mid-20th-century hotbed of community organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism. At the ballot box and in the streets, Mexican Americans, African Americans, and labor activists demanded not only integration but also economic justice, labor rights, and real political power for all. And it worked, permanently changing the racial political order in Texas. 

In this talk, Dr. Max Krochmal goes back to the politics of community organizing in Jim Crow Texas to consider our futures in Texas following the wake of political elections and Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Krochmal is director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University and co-director of the TCU Justice Journey, a course on African American and Chicano/a liberation struggles.

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San Marcos Public Library Dialogue | The Roots of Texas Prisons: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration

Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Shannon Fitzpatrick, Attorney for Students

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Philosophy Dialogue: Hidden Histories | Music Inside: Prison Bands in Texas

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Margaret Menninger, 512.245.2188
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities, Department of History

Speakers/moderators: 
Dialogue Class
Margaret Menninger, History
Caroline Gnagy, author of Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History

Caroline Gnagy, author of Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History, will lead a Philosophy Dialogues as part of larger symposium taking place the same day: "Strange Fruit and Lemonade: Music, Race, Gender, Class, Place," sponsored by the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship. Gnagy will be speaking about how women incarcerated in Texas create opportunities for music "on the inside," whether by forming bands or by role-playing iconic female musicians such as Billie Holliday.

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Strange Fruit and Lemonade: Music, Race, Gender, Class, Place (Roundtable One)

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); 3-14.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Margaret Menninger, 512.245.2188
Campus Sponsor:
NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities, Department of History, Common Experience

Conversations about music, gender, race, history, class, and regional identity using an iconic Billie Holiday song and a Beyoncé album as focal points. Speakers include experts on jailhouse music, jazz, gender and Latinx music in Texas, African-American life and music in Houston, and the soul scene in Memphis: Caroline Gnagy (author of Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History), Dr. Tyina Steptoe (University of Arizona), Dr. Deborah Vargas (Rutgers University), Dr. Zandria Robinson (Rhodes College), Dr. Kinitra Brooks (UTSA), and Texas State's own Dr. Jason Mellard and Dr. Kevin Mooney.

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Dialogue on Activism | Unlocking the Gates of Mass Incarceration and Immigrant Criminalization

Location:
Off Campus; LBJ Museum of San Marcos | 131 N. Guadalupe St.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Russell Moses, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, @justicetalktxst, Common Experience

A "Dialogue on Activism" event featuring voices from Grassroots Leadership on the resistance to criminalization and incarceration of immigration and the scholarly expertise of Dr. Scott Bowman of Texas State University's School of Criminal Justice. San Marcos activist Karen Munoz will moderate a community discussion.

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Strange Fruit and Lemonade: Music, Race, Gender, Class, Place (Roundtable Two)

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Margaret Menninger, 512.245.2188
Campus Sponsor:
NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities, Department of History, Common Experience

Conversations about music, gender, race, history, class, and regional identity using an iconic Billie Holiday song and a Beyoncé album as focal points. Speakers include experts on jailhouse music, jazz, gender and Latinx music in Texas, African-American life and music in Houston, and the soul scene in Memphis: Caroline Gnagy (author of Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History), Dr. Tyina Steptoe (University of Arizona), Dr. Deborah Vargas (Rutgers University), Dr. Zandria Robinson (Rhodes College), Dr. Kinitra Brooks (UTSA), and Texas State's own Dr. Jason Mellard and Dr. Kevin Mooney.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Keeping Up with Congress

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Carrie Crisp, Philosophy

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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November 2017

Art Exhibition | Reformation: An Exhibit on Justice

until Nov. 30
Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby, 830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, Honors College

Gallery of the Common Experience
Fall Exhibition
August 28 to December 8, 2017

The Common Experience theme for 2017-18 is "The Search For Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century." Artists (both students and non-students) using all mediums (2D work, 3D work, film, dance, poetry and prose) have been invited to submit work relevant to the topic of the need for awareness and reformation regarding the specific justice issues about which the artist feels called to make a statement.

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Art Exhibition | The Last Supper: 700 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates

until Nov. 10
Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Texas State Galleries , 512.245.2647
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, School of Art and Design

Texas State Galleries
Fall Exhibition
August 28 to November 10, 2017

In 1999, artist Julie Green was struck by an account in the newspaper of a death row inmate’s last meal. Since then, Green has painted the final meals of over 700 death row inmates onto individual kiln-fired ceramic plates. She plans to add 50 plates a year until capital punishment is abolished in the United States.

The meal requests, which reflect region, race, and economic background, humanize the men and women on death row. The Last Supper has particular meaning for Texas, which carries out the largest number of executions in the United States. It is the only death penalty state that does not allow a meal selection, serving only the standard prison meal of the day.

Julie Green is a professor of art at Oregon State University and is represented by Upfor Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Deliberative Dialogue and Democracy

Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); Room 157
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
John (Jay) Theis, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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San Marcos Public Library Dialogue | Deliberative Dialogue on the Question: Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?

Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
John (Jay) Theis, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College
Craig Hanks, Philosophy
Emily Hanks, Political Science
Jo Ann Carson, Philosophy
Law enforcement personnel and community activists

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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A New Day One: From Foster Care to Yale

Location:
Flowers Hall (FH); Room 341
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Christine Lynn Norton, 512.245.4562
Campus Sponsor:
University Lecture Series Grant, FACES (Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success), School of Social Work

Rodney Walker, a Chicago native and former foster youth, graduated with a bachelo'rs degree from Morehouse College and a master's degree from Yale University. He will visit Texas State to tell his incredible journey from foster care to Yale, and inspire students with his example of resilience and "positive deviance," which is the ability for a member of a marginalized group to deviate from the norm and achieve positive outcomes in life. Given the foster-care-to-prison pipeline (more information here), this event directly connects to the Common Experience theme, "The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century."

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Philosophy Dialogue | Workshop: Leading Deliberative Dialogues on Difficult Questions

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
Dialogue Class
John (Jay) Theis, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Film Talks: 13TH

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Room 105/106
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Liz King, 512.245.6520
Campus Sponsor:
Alkek Library — Research, Instruction and Outreach Department

Join Alkek Library for Film Talks:
2 p.m. film screening, with student discussion following

The Netflix film 13TH was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Academy Awards, and it earned multiple Primetime Emmy Award nominations, among other honors. In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Directed by Ava DuVernay and featuring numerous public figures, including Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson, Cory Booker, Newt Gingrich, and Henry Louis Gates.

Discussion leaders / moderators:
» Dr. Scott Bowman, Criminal Justice
» Dr. Jeff Helgeson, History
» Dr. Kim Litwinowich or another representative, Counseling Center
» Jesse Silva, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion

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Philosophy Dialogue | Keeping Up with Congress

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Carrie Crisp, Philosophy

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Texas State Author Series: The Soldier Vote

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Donald S. Inbody, Political Science

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Immigration Injustice: Deporting Veterans

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speaker/moderator: 
Hector Ramirez-Vasquez

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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The Last Supper Lecture Series: Julie Green

Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino, 512.245.8085
Campus Sponsor:
School of Art and Design

Julie Green is a professor of art at Oregon State University. Half of each year is spent on The Last Supper project. In summer months, Green creates new work, often about food, fashion, and capital punishment. With over thirty solo exhibitions in the United States and aboard, Julie Green received the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors and was an artist-in-residence at the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans. Her art is included in Henry M. Sayre’s A World of Art (Prentice Hall) and has been featured on National Public Radio and PBS, in a Whole Foods mini-documentary, The New York Times, Ceramics Monthly, and Gastronomica. She is represented by Upfor Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Veterans Court: An Exercise in Rehabilitative Justice

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Humanities Texas, NEH, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Honors College, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs

Speakers/moderators: 
Kama Davis, Office of the Attorney for Students
Carl Van Aacken, veteran; Tutor Corps, co-director; faculty member
Wes Mau, district attorney
David Glicker, judge
Brenda Jarden-Holter, attorney

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

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San Marcos Public Library Common Reading Book Club

Location:
Off Campus; San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Erika Nielson, 512.757.1016
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, University College

Community book club discussing Just Mercy at the San Marcos Public Library. Event will occur the third Thursday of each month during September, October, and November.

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Dance Performance | Opening Door Dance Theatre presents In Search of Mercy

Location:
Performing Arts Center (PERF); Harrison Theater
Cost:
$10 to $20, priced by category
Contact:
LeAnne Smith, 512.551.1919
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance, Division of Dance

"In Search of Mercy" is a 2017-2018 Common Experience event showcasing
 the choreography of Ana Baer (Dance faculty), Matthew Cumbie of Dance Exchange (Washington, DC), Darla Johnson (Austin, TX), Nadine Mozon (Theatre faculty), and Nicole Wesley (Dance faculty). Revolving around dialogues of social, political, and personal responses to justice, the program spotlights The JUSTICE Project, directed by Darla Johnson and Nicole Wesley. The JUSTICE Project celebrates the authentic artistic voice and embraces the transformation that arises at the intersection of self and community.

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December 2017

Art Exhibition | Reformation: An Exhibit on Justice

until Dec. 08
Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby, 830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, Honors College

Gallery of the Common Experience
Fall Exhibition
August 28 to December 8, 2017

The Common Experience theme for 2017-18 is "The Search For Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century." Artists (both students and non-students) using all mediums (2D work, 3D work, film, dance, poetry and prose) have been invited to submit work relevant to the topic of the need for awareness and reformation regarding the specific justice issues about which the artist feels called to make a statement.

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Dance Performance | Opening Door Dance Theatre presents In Search of Mercy

Location:
Performing Arts Center (PERF); Harrison Theater
Cost:
$10 to $20, priced by category
Contact:
LeAnne Smith, 512.551.1919
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance, Division of Dance

"In Search of Mercy" is a 2017-2018 Common Experience event showcasing
 the choreography of Ana Baer (Dance faculty), Matthew Cumbie of Dance Exchange (Washington, DC), Darla Johnson (Austin, TX), Nadine Mozon (Theatre faculty), and Nicole Wesley (Dance faculty). Revolving around dialogues of social, political, and personal responses to justice, the program spotlights The JUSTICE Project, directed by Darla Johnson and Nicole Wesley. The JUSTICE Project celebrates the authentic artistic voice and embraces the transformation that arises at the intersection of self and community.

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Dance Performance | Opening Door Dance Theatre presents In Search of Mercy

Location:
Performing Arts Center (PERF); Harrison Theater
Cost:
$10 to $20, priced by category
Contact:
LeAnne Smith, 512.551.1919
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance, Division of Dance

"In Search of Mercy" is a 2017-2018 Common Experience event showcasing
 the choreography of Ana Baer (Dance faculty), Matthew Cumbie of Dance Exchange (Washington, DC), Darla Johnson (Austin, TX), Nadine Mozon (Theatre faculty), and Nicole Wesley (Dance faculty). Revolving around dialogues of social, political, and personal responses to justice, the program spotlights The JUSTICE Project, directed by Darla Johnson and Nicole Wesley. The JUSTICE Project celebrates the authentic artistic voice and embraces the transformation that arises at the intersection of self and community.

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January 2018

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February 2018

Bryan Stevenson | LBJ Distinguished Lecture

Location:
Evans Auditorium (ELA)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Marquiss, 512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series and Common Experience

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the U.S. Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant. He is also the author of Just Mercy, Texas State's 2017-18 Common Reading selection.

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Yoga Practice | Mindfulness and Criminal Rehabilitation

Location:
Student Recreation Center (SRC); Basketball Courts
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Erika Nielson, 512.245.3709
Campus Sponsor:
University College and Campus Recreation

Participate and engage in yoga, mindfulness, and self-compassion practices, learn about the research behind these practices, and understand how these practices can impact individuals with antisocial personality disorder and those who have committed violent crimes. 

The practices and research will be led and presented by Dr. Richard Morley, senior lecturer in The School of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Erika K. Nielson, Common Reading coordinator. Dr. Morley holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Texas. Dr. Morley's research focus relates to the impact of mindfulness meditation on criminality, aggression, antisocial behavior, and brain networks associated with violence. Dr. Nielson has taught yoga for over 16 years and researches mindfulness-based practices with students in PK-16.

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John Hocking: Justice in Post-Conflict Societies

Location:
Location To Be Determined
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jeremy Wells, 512.245.7987
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Political Science and University Lecturers Committee

Keynote lecture by John Hocking with audience Q&A and a pre-event reception.

About our guest:
John Hocking, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), offers an international perspective on the year’s Common Experience theme, "The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century." He began working with ICTY in 1997, offering more than 20 years of experiences working with that institution. His experience in foreign and international law, as well as the laws of war and conflict resolution, provides a unique perspective on prevalent campus and community issues.

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Leadership Institute Annual Conference

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); TBA
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Daniel Guerrero, 512.245.5320
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students

Two-day conference — Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24. Details for the 2018 Leadership Institute conference will be added as events are finalized.

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Leadership Institute Annual Conference

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); TBA
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Daniel Guerrero, 512.245.5320
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students

Two-day conference — Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24. Details for the 2018 Leadership Institute conference will be added as events are finalized.

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March 2018

Tanya Golash-Boza: Parallels Between the Rise of Mass Incarceration and the Rise of Mass Deportation

Location:
Location To Be Determined
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jeremy Wells, 512.245.7987
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Political Science, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, and University Lecturers Committee

Keynote lecture by Tanya Golash-Boza with audience Q&A and a pre-event reception.

About our guest:
Tanya Golash-Boza’s (Professor of Sociology, University of California Merced) recently published book, Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism (New York University Press; awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award from the Latino/a Studies Section of the American Sociological Association), explains mass deportation as the result of concurrent trends toward outsourcing and higher demand for unskilled jobs, which produces deindustrialization, decline in urban communities, and, consequently, heavy policing and incarceration of racial minorities. Her work features challenges Latinos face each and everyday, but she connects them with issues generated by racial, gender, and socioeconomic marginalization. Her work, while national and even global in scale, directly applies to current Texas political, economic, and social issues including immigration and deportation, economic and employment trends, and social and political reactions.

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April 2018

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May 2018

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