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

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November 2017

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Exhibit | Catching the Chain: Life and Death in Texas Prisons 1845-2017

until Nov. 30
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); first floor exhibit space
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Justin Ball, 210.246.2006
Campus Sponsor:
Center for Texas Public History, Common Experience

"Catching the Chain: Life and Death in Texas Prisons 1845-2017" is an exhibit produced through collaboration among the Center for Texas Public History at Texas State University, the Texas State Common Experience, and various cultural and law enforcement institutions across the state. It highlights the history of the Texas state prison system from its inception in 1845 and into the modern era. The exhibit focuses on everyday life of convicts throughout this time, as well as notable events and changes that led to establishment of the modern Texas Department of Criminal Justice. A section of the exhibit also deals with the use of the death penalty throughout this period and how and why the practice has changed within the state.

On display through Dec. 19, 2017
Late hours Monday-Thursday
Weekends per Alkek Library schedule

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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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From Art & Beyond: Artist and Activist Christiane B. Pettersen Presents

Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); G02
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Moira Di Mauro-Jackson, 512.245.2360
Campus Sponsor:
French National Honor Society at Texas State University, Department of Modern Languages, College of Liberal Arts, Honors College

Christiane B. Pettersen — artist and interior designer from Bordeaux, France — will share the unique insight she gained as the spouse of a United Nations expert that travelled to locations like Iran, Iraq, and Northern Africa in times of political disarray. Topics concerning crime and justice will be addressed: What is the meaning of the term "victim's rights"? And what resources are available to victims of various crimes?

Join us for a pre-event reception before Ms. Pettersen's one-hour lecture.

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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

Exhibit | Catching the Chain: Life and Death in Texas Prisons 1845-2017

until Dec. 19
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); first floor exhibit space
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Justin Ball, 210.246.2006
Campus Sponsor:
Center for Texas Public History, Common Experience

"Catching the Chain: Life and Death in Texas Prisons 1845-2017" is an exhibit produced through collaboration among the Center for Texas Public History at Texas State University, the Texas State Common Experience, and various cultural and law enforcement institutions across the state. It highlights the history of the Texas state prison system from its inception in 1845 and into the modern era. The exhibit focuses on everyday life of convicts throughout this time, as well as notable events and changes that led to establishment of the modern Texas Department of Criminal Justice. A section of the exhibit also deals with the use of the death penalty throughout this period and how and why the practice has changed within the state.

On display through Dec. 19, 2017
Late hours Monday-Thursday
Weekends per Alkek Library schedule

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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.

Click here for more information
more about event

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:
Laramie McWilliams, 512.245.2124
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:
Laramie McWilliams, 512.245.2124
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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