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

June 2017

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Summer Dialogues on Activism | Public Education

Location:
Off Campus; LBJ Museum of San Marcos, 131 N. Guadalupe St.
Cost:
Free and open to the public
Contact:
Greg Moses, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, @JusticeTalkTXST, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Honors College, Common Experience

Speakers/moderator:
Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo, Education and Community Leadership Program, Texas State
Dr. Libby Doggett, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education
Kayla Heyward, MBA, Principal, John H. Wood Charter District, Hays Campus
Anne Halsey, Vice President SMCISD Board of Trustees

This summer dialogue series invites activists to reflect on the philosophy of their work; scholars to present reflective contexts for struggle; and students, faculty, and community members to engage understandings, foster networks, and create activist paths to social change.

Questions to be considered include:

  • What is nonviolent resistance?
  • What is passive resistance?
  • What does it mean to "love your enemies"?
  • What is justice? What is mercy?

8:30 a.m.: Coffee sponsored by @JusticeTalkTXST

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Summer Dialogues on Activism | School-to-Prison Pipeline

Location:
Off Campus; LBJ Museum of San Marcos, 131 N. Guadalupe St.
Cost:
Free and open to the public
Contact:
Greg Moses, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, @JusticeTalkTXST, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Honors College, Common Experience

Speakers/moderators:
Kathy Martinez-Prather, Director of Texas School Safety Center, Texas State
Rima KaikhahRebound Disciplinary Alternative Education Program, San Marcos CISD
Wayne Thompson, Transitional Coordinator, Hays County Juvenile Center
Dr. Hilary Lustick, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, Texas State

This summer dialogue series invites activists to reflect on the philosophy of their work; scholars to present reflective contexts for struggle; and students, faculty, and community members to engage understandings, foster networks, and create activist paths to social change.

Questions to be considered include:

  • What is nonviolent resistance?
  • What is passive resistance?
  • What does it mean to "love your enemies"?
  • What is justice? What is mercy?

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Summer Dialogues on Activism | Restorative Justice

Location:
Off Campus; LBJ Museum of San Marcos, 131 N. Guadalupe St.
Cost:
Free and open to the public
Contact:
Greg Moses, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, @JusticeTalkTXST, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Honors College, Common Experience

Speakers/moderators:
Shannon FitzPatrick, Attorney for Students, Texas State
Chase Stapp, San Marcos Police Chief
Tim Anderson, San Juan Lutheran, Austin
Karen Muñoz, Fair Chance
Walter A. Wright, Legal Studies Program, Texas State

This summer dialogue series invites activists to reflect on the philosophy of their work; scholars to present reflective contexts for struggle; and students, faculty, and community members to engage understandings, foster networks, and create activist paths to social change.

Questions to be considered include:

  • What is nonviolent resistance?
  • What is passive resistance?
  • What does it mean to "love your enemies"?
  • What is justice? What is mercy?

8:30 a.m.: Coffee sponsored by @JusticeTalkTXST

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Summer Dialogues on Activism | DREAMers

Location:
Off Campus; LBJ Museum of San Marcos, 131 N. Guadalupe St.
Cost:
Free and open to the public
Contact:
Greg Moses, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, @JusticeTalkTXST, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Honors College, Common Experience

Speakers/moderator:
James C. Harrington, Human Rights Attorney, Founder and Director Emeritus, Texas Civil Rights Project
Juan Belman, DREAMer activist
Michelle Sotolongo, Student Community of Progressive Empowerment (SCOPE), Texas State

This summer dialogue series invites activists to reflect on the philosophy of their work; scholars to present reflective contexts for struggle; and students, faculty, and community members to engage understandings, foster networks, and create activist paths to social change.

Questions to be considered include:

  • What is nonviolent resistance?
  • What is passive resistance?
  • What does it mean to "love your enemies"?
  • What is justice? What is mercy?

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Summer Dialogues on Activism | Sanctuary and Refugees

Location:
Off Campus; LBJ Museum of San Marcos, 131 N. Guadalupe St.
Cost:
Free and open to the public
Contact:
Greg Moses, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, @JusticeTalkTXST, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Honors College, Common Experience

Speakers/moderator:
Rev. Karl Brown, former Director, United Campus Ministry
Alejandro Caceres, Grassroots Leadership
Dr. Karen Brown
Holly Wise, VoiceBox Media, Solutions Journalism Network, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State

This summer dialogue series invites activists to reflect on the philosophy of their work; scholars to present reflective contexts for struggle; and students, faculty, and community members to engage understandings, foster networks, and create activist paths to social change.

Questions to be considered include:

  • What is nonviolent resistance?
  • What is passive resistance?
  • What does it mean to "love your enemies"?
  • What is justice? What is mercy?

8:30 a.m.: Coffee sponsored by @JusticeTalkTXST

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Summer Dialogues on Activism | Fight for $15

Location:
Off Campus; LBJ Museum of San Marcos, 131 N. Guadalupe St.
Cost:
Free and open to the public
Contact:
Greg Moses, 512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, @JusticeTalkTXST, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Honors College, Common Experience

Speakers/moderators:
Bradley Crowder, Austin Fight for $15
Josh Perez, San Marcos Fight for $15
Taylor Jones, Texas State Employees Union (TSEU)
Ed Mihalkanin, San Marcos City Council, Place 3

This summer dialogue series invites activists to reflect on the philosophy of their work; scholars to present reflective contexts for struggle; and students, faculty, and community members to engage understandings, foster networks, and create activist paths to social change.

Questions to be considered include:

  • What is nonviolent resistance?
  • What is passive resistance?
  • What does it mean to "love your enemies"?
  • What is justice? What is mercy?

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July 2017

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August 2017

UPD at Bobcat CARE

Location:
Student Recreation Center (SRC)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sgt. Rolando Belmares, 512.245.7284
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State University Police Department

Texas State's University Police Department (UPD) will be setting up at Bobcat CARE to inform students about the services they have to offer. Students will also have opportunities for conservations with the officers.

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Art Exhibition | Reformation: An Exhibit on Justice

until Aug. 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 Aug. 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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Coffee with Cops

Location:
The Quad
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sgt. Rolando Belmares, 512.245.7284
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State University Police Department

Texas State University Police Department (UPD) will be hosting Coffee with Cops to promote the services that the department has to offer. Officers will be attending this event to answer any questions that students, faculty, or staff may have. Free coffee, drinks, fruit and donuts will be served.

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Chat with the Chief

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); 2nd Floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sgt. Rolando Belmares, 512.245.7284
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State University Police Department

Texas State University Police Department (UPD) will be hosting Chat with the Chief to promote the services that the department has to offer. Officers will be attending this event to answer any questions that students, faculty, or staff may have. Everyone will also have the opportunity to meet the Chief of Police, Jose Bañales. Free coffee, drinks, fruit, and donuts will be served.

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Opening Reception | Art Exhibition | 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:
Texas State Galleries , 512.245.2647
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, School of Art and Design

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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September 2017

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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First Student Gallery Curator Meeting 2017

Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Room 407 | Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby, 830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Common Experience

The Gallery of the Common Experience at Texas State University is looking for new student curators to work with us in our gallery for the 2017-2018 academic year. Our first meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5-6 p.m. in the gallery, located in Lampasas room 407 (in the Honors College). We're looking for students who are interested in art, event organizing, community involvement, and team building. If you are interested in helping with gallery projects such as opening reception help, planning an exhibit, calls for artists, hanging artwork, Campus Canvas events and more, please join us for this meeting with gallery curator Kelsey Huckaby. Additionally, our first gallery reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, 4-6 p.m.

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Reading + Book Signing | All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands

Location:
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest

Texas native Stephanie Elizondo Griest returns to Texas State to read from her new work, All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. Working with Mohawks from the Akwesasne Nation, she began to see connections to her Texas homeland — the common tension and tragedy of lost lands, language, culture, and the loss of so many lives. In All the Agents and Saints, Ms. Griest reports on the search for justice and where it stands in the U.S. Borderlands. Join us as she "weaves seven years of stories into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines by illuminating the spaces between and the people who live there."

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Opening Reception | Art Exhibition | Reformation: An Exhibit on Justice

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
Opening Reception for Fall Exhibition

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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Philosophy Dialogue | The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st 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: 
Twister Marquiss, Common Experience Director
Erika Nielson, Common Reading Coordinator
Shannon Fitzpatrick, Attorney for Students
Joe Topinka, Health Professions

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 | Varying Conceptions 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

Speakers/moderators: 
Jo Ann Carson, Philosophy
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 | The Death Penalty: An Unjust Practice?

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: 
Thomas Hunter Chambers (Texas State philosophy alumnus), University of the Incarnate Word

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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Opening Reception and Reading | Fairy Tales for Truth and Justice

Location:
Brazos Hall (BRAZ); Lobby
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest

"Fairy Tales for Truth and Justice" is a visual art installation portraying stories in SanTana's Fairy Tales, written by Sarah Rafael García. The book and exhibit project integrate community-based narratives to create contemporary fairytales and fables that represent the history and stories of Mexican/Mexican-American residents in Ms. García's hometown of Santa Ana, California. In her stories, García addresses gentrification, racial prejudice, and hate crimes. Kirkus Reviews calls the book "a gorgeously written collection of strong stories that blend Mexican and European folklore with the realities of contemporary America."

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San Marcos Public Library Dialogue | The Human Story of Justice and Peace

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: 
Jose-Antonio Orosco (Philosophy), Oregon State University, author of Toppling the Melting Pot

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 | Shock and Awe: What Happens When Someone Breaks the Law?

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Marquiss, 512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience

This event will kick-off the 2017-18 Common Experience Advocacy Workshop Series by offering students a glance into the hard-knock realities of the criminal justice system through discourse and discussion. The purpose of this 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.

Host:
Shannon FitzPatrick
Texas State University Attorney for Students

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Philosophy Dialogue | Are Justice and Mercy Incompatible?

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 | Toppling the Melting Pot: Building Multicultural Democracy in the U.S.

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
Jose-Antonio Orosco (Philosophy), Oregon State University, author of Toppling the Melting Pot

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 | 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 Dialogues | Celebrating the Constitution

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

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 | Academic Freedom and the Living Constitution

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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James R. Stoner: Constitution Day Lecture

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Don Inbody, 512.245.2143
Campus Sponsor:
Discourse and Democracy Series; Philosophy Dialogue Series

Speaker/moderator: 
James R. Stoner, Jr. (Political Science), Louisiana State University

Professor James R. Stoner, Jr. (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1987) is Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science at LSU. He is the author of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 2003) and Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 1992), as well as a number of articles and essays. In 2009, he was named a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey; he has co-edited three books published by Witherspoon, The Thriving Society: On the Social Conditions of Human Flourishing (with Harold James, 2015), The Social Costs of Pornography: A Collection of Papers (with Donna M. Hughes, 2010), and Rethinking Business Management: Examining the Foundations of Business Education (with Samuel Gregg, 2008). He was the 2010 recipient of the Honors College Sternberg Professorship at LSU.

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San Marcos Public Library Dialogue | Military and Absentee Voting

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: 
Donald S. Inbody (Political Science), author of The Soldier Vote: War, Politics, and the Ballot in America

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 | Constitution 3.0: The Future of Privacy and Free Speech in the Age of the Internet

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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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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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.

Graves’s forthcoming book, Infinite Hope, will be available in January 2018 from Beacon Press. After the speaking event on Oct. 10, he will sign commemorative inserts for those who have pre-ordered the book online. (Simply present a receipt — printed or on a mobile device.)

Paid parking is available at LBJ Student Center Garage.

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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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The Marshall Project: The Media's Watchdog Role and the Criminal Justice System

Location:
Hines Academic Center (HINE); Room 204
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gilbert Martinez, 512.245.1497
Campus Sponsor:
School of Journalism & Mass Communication and Common Experience

Kirsten Danis, managing editor of The Marshall Project, will discuss the nonprofit news organization's focus on the U.S. criminal justice system. After launching in 2014, The Marshall Project has won some of the most prestigious prizes in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, two George Polk awards and a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Ms. Danis has a distinguished career in journalism, working as an editor at The Wall Street Journal, leading a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service, and serving as the managing editor at the New York Daily News. She has also worked as a reporter at the New York Post and The Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.

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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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Texas State Justice Speaker Series Presents Gabby Rivera

Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Skyller Walkes, 512.245.3451
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Disability Services, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Equity and Access, ALLIANCE at Texas State, HPN

The Texas State Justice Speaker Series presents Gabby Rivera, first queer latina Marvel Comics writer for America Chavez and the critically acclaimed Juliet Takes A Breath. The keynote event will be followed by a Q&A session. 

America Chavez is a fictional superheroine appearing in Marvel Comics. The character was relaunched in her own comic in 2017; she is Marvel's first Latinx LGBTQIA character to star in their own series. She fights for justice and takes on crime — and she's a college student. Rivera not only uses her own voice but engages the diversity of her intersectional identity to create change in her many communities.

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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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Advocacy Workshop | Labor Justice: Decriminalizing Poverty through Action

Location:
Comal (CMAL); Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Taylor Jones, 512.781.1529
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience

Texas State Employees Union organizes all state workers and serves to protect quality public services. Current trends towards privatizing public services have created incentives to derive profits for the few at the expense of the many. Spend an evening learning about why protecting public services (including public universities) from privatization is an issue of justice for the already marginalized.

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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FBI: Tales from the Field

Location:
Hines Academic Center (HINE); Room 206
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Wayman Mullins, 512.245.2174
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice

FBI Special Agent-Retired Byron Sage, lead negotiator at the Branch Davidian incident in 1993 in Waco, Texas, will be speaking about his experiences serving as an FBI agent and the negotiations he had with David Koresh during the raid on the Branch Davidian compound.

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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:
Flowers Hall (FH); 230
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; Janet Jackson; jazz, gender and Latinx music in Texas; African-American life and music in Houston; and the soul scene in Memphis. The afternoon round table will feature Caroline Gnagy (author of Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History), Christine Capetola (UT-Austin) and Dr. Jason Mellard (Texas State).

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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; Janet Jackson; and the soul scene in Memphis. The evening round table will feature Dr. Tyina Steptoe (University of Arizona), Dr. Deborah Vargas (Rutgers University), Dr. Zandria Robinson (Rhodes College), Dr. Kinitra Brooks (UTSA), and Dr. Kevin Mooney (Texas State).

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

until Oct. 31
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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November 2017

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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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 bachelor's 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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Solutions Journalism, Media Literacy and the Criminal Justice System

Location:
Round Rock Campus; Room TBA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Holly Wise
Campus Sponsor:
Round Rock Faculty Lecture Speaking Series

It's not enough anymore for journalists to simply uncover what's wrong and hope that society self-corrects; society requires credible examples of responses to problems. Learn how solutions journalism illuminates changemakers in our communities and institutions, and how this practice deepens an audience's media literacy.

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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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9th Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students | Keynote Address and Awards Luncheon

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sandy Rao, 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

The Graduate College at Texas State University is hosting the Ninth Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students. Although presentations are limited to graduate students, interested undergraduate students are also invited to attend. Awards will be presented to the winners of the Research Contest.

Adam Key will deliver the keynote, "In the First Degree: The Challenges and Benefits of Postsecondary Prison Education." Adam Key is a speech instructor and director of the prison debate program at Lee College's Huntsville Center. Since 2011, he has been teaching speech and communication classes to more than 1,000 incarcerated students in Texas prisons. He is the founder and director of the Huntsville Center debate program, which, in 2016, became the first debate team inside a Texas prison to defeat Texas A&M University. He is also heavily involved in the TED community, having spoken about prison education at TEDxTAMU, hosted the first TEDx event (TEDxLeeCollegeHuntsville) in a Texas prison, and attended TEDGlobal in Tanzania.

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Reducing Fear of Crime

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Room 105/106
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cheri Rowden, 512.245.7942
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice

Refreshments available at 1:30 p.m.
Presentation begins at 2 p.m.

Although the chief mandate of law enforcement is to keep citizens safe, there is also a role for police in promoting feelings of safety among the public, and, in particular, crime victims. Dr. Timothy Hart will discuss what drives fear of crime, and what can be done to reduce it. Refreshments will be available at 1:30 pm before Dr. Hart's one-hour lecture.

Dr. Timothy C. Hart earned his Ph.D. in criminology from the University of South Florida in 2006. He specializes in applied statistics, geographic information systems (GIS), and victimization. Before joining the faculty at Griffith University in Australia, Dr. Hart worked as an associate professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), where he was director of the state of Nevada's Center for the Analysis of Crime Statistics (CACS).

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Advocacy Workshop | Effective Marijuana Legislation Advocacy

Location:
Comal (CMAL); The Dialogue Room (Room 116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Heather Fazio, 512-8259142
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience at Texas State University: “The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century.”

Politics is tough. Advocating for reform doesn't have to be. Join us for a review of the legislative process and guidance for effective advocacy at the Capitol. Presenter Heather Fazio is an advocate of individual liberty and personal responsibility, and she has worked to limit government intrusion into the lives of Texans since 2009. Serving as the executive director of Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) from 2011-2014, her priorities included privacy rights and civil liberties issues. She utilizes her passion for grassroots activism to positively effect public policy at the local and state level. As Texas Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, she is determined to enact sensible marijuana laws in Texas.

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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Performance | We Are Proud to Present…

until Nov. 11
Location:
Theatre Center (THEA); PSHF Studio Theatre
Cost:
$15 adult, $8 student
Contact:
Jessica Graham, 512.245.3572
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance

All performances are SOLD OUT. However, limited tickets for remaining seats will be available at the box office prior to each performance.

"We are Proud to Present..." is an emotionally charged journey into the past In the rehearsal room, a performance piece on a little-known episode of early 20th century genocide takes a jolting turn when the actors — three black and three white — tap into personal resentments and ingrained prejudices. Tensions mount as they expose more of themselves than they ever wanted to. The actors relate this tragic story through humor and poignant telling, realizing that even a century later, we have not moved far from this tragic injustice, and we have a long way to go.

Performances:
7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 through Saturday, Nov. 11
2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12

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Equality University: Texas State Student Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); various rooms, see schedule on website linked below
Cost:
Free / registration required
Contact:
Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion , 512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI)

Equality University is a diversity and inclusion conference that brings individuals from all areas of campus life together to participate in a day of dialogue with national speakers, faculty and staff facilitators, and collegiate colleagues. Conference attendees will have opportunities to engage in authentic peer connections and explore how all identities impact individual relationships, groups and social dynamics. Equality U will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the identities that make you the unique individual you are and help prepare you for success in a global society. All are welcome to attend free of charge; registration is required.

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Campus Canvas Collaborative Painting on Justice

Location:
Off Campus; Downtown San Marcos on the courthouse lawn
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby, 830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Gallery of the Common Experience, Honors College

The Gallery of the Common Experience will host a Campus Canvas event at Art Squared for Veteran's Day. The mayor of San Marcos, John Thomaides, will also be attending to serve free breakfast before the parade. The event will be held downtown on the courthouse dawn.

The theme of this piece is to reflect this year's Common Experience theme, "The Search for Justice." Students and community members will be invited to contribute to the piece with the assistance of curator Kelsey Huckaby and the student curator team. All work completed on the canvas must be related to justice. The canvas is about 4x4 feet and will be displayed on campus in the Honors College in Lampasas Hall. Acrylic paints and brushes will be provided for use; however, you can also bring your own from home.

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Performance | We Are Proud to Present…

Location:
Theatre Center (THEA); PSHF Studio Theatre
Cost:
$15 adult, $8 student
Contact:
Jessica Graham, 512.245.3572
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance

All performances are SOLD OUT. However, limited tickets for remaining seats will be available at the box office prior to each performance.

"We are Proud to Present..." is an emotionally charged journey into the past In the rehearsal room, a performance piece on a little-known episode of early 20th century genocide takes a jolting turn when the actors — three black and three white — tap into personal resentments and ingrained prejudices. Tensions mount as they expose more of themselves than they ever wanted to. The actors relate this tragic story through humor and poignant telling, realizing that even a century later, we have not moved far from this tragic injustice, and we have a long way to go.

Performances:
7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 through Saturday, Nov. 11
2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12

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Criminal Justice and Mental Illness

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Joseph Meyer, 512.245.2386
Campus Sponsor:
The School of Criminal Justice

The School of Criminal Justice is sponsoring a screening of the Mental Health Channel's short film, "In Criminal Justice." It presents the experiences of the San Antonio Police Department, where efforts are being made to improve the quality of interactions between police officers and people with mental illnesses. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with several experts who have experience working with those affected by mental illness in the criminal justice system.

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Exhibit Reception | Catching the Chain

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); first floor exhibition space (downstairs)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Marquiss, 512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, KTSW 89.9

As part of the 2017-18 Common Experience theme — “The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century” — this exhibit 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 and how and why the practice has changed within the state. 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. Curated by Justin Ball, graduate student in Texas State’s public history program.

Refreshments will be served. Remarks at 5:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the university community and the general public.

At the reception, KTSW San Marcos will be accepting book donations for the Inside Books Project. Only paperback books can be accepted.

Exhibit on display through Dec. 19.

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A Response from Law Enforcement

Location:
Round Rock Campus; Teaching Theater, Avery 252
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cheryll Dennis, 512.716.4533
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Round Rock Campus, Common Experience

With a recurring theme of police mistrust in the national media, Chief Allen Banks will address how the Round Rock Police Department fairly responds to crime in the community. Chief Banks will answer audience questions.

Round Rock's Police Chief Allen Banks started with the city in March 2014. Banks had spent his prior 21-year career with the Albuquerque Police Department, beginning as a patrol officer in 1992. During his tenure in Albuquerque, he had responsibility for the Field Services — the largest division in the department — as well as Support Services, which includes SWAT, DWI Units, records, payroll, and more.

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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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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 | Open Door Dance Theatre presents In Search of Mercy

Location:
Performing Arts Center (PERF); Harrison Theater
Cost:
$8 for Texas State students; $13 adult; $10 senior/military/child
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.

Performances:
Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1 at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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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 | Open Door Dance Theatre presents In Search of Mercy

Location:
Performing Arts Center (PERF); Harrison Theater
Cost:
$8 for Texas State students; $13 adult; $10 senior/military/child
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.

Performances:
Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1 at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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

Location:
Performing Arts Center (PERF); Harrison Theater
Cost:
$8 for Texas State students; $13 adult; $10 senior/military/child
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.

Performances:
Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1 at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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January 2018

34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration

Location:
Old Main (OM); ; concludes at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jonnie Wilson, 512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Center for Diversity & Gender Studies, Housing & Residential Life, Gospel Expressions Association, Multicultural Programs Committee, Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Vice President for Student Affairs

The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion invites you to the 34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the SDI Office provides and sponsors a MLK Freedom March and Celebration Program to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

The MLK Freedom March at Texas State begins at Old Main and concludes in LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Local high school and Texas State students, organizations, faculty and staff reenact a march similar to those conducted during the Civil Rights Movement. Upon conclusion of the march, participants enjoy a celebration program held in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom that honors Dr. King and other civil rights leaders, as well as their impacts on our civil liberties.

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(Mis)behaving: Using Behavioral Economics to Understand Decision-Making by Criminal Justice Actors

Location:
Hines Academic Center (HINE); Room 205
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Christine Sellers, 512.245.3341
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Sean Patrick Roche, assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State, presents a lecture on decision-making by criminal offenders. 

Behavioral economics is a relatively new paradigm that marries economics' rigorous models of human behavior with psychology's insight that people reason intuitively and err systematically. This presentation will provide a broad overview of behavioral economic concepts and their potential applications to the study of decision-making in criminological settings.

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Exhibit | Researching Justice: Primary Sources at the Alkek Library

until Jan. 31
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); First floor exhibit area
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lauren Goodley, 512.245.3229
Campus Sponsor:
University Library

This exhibit runs through May 30, 2018.

The Waco Siege occurred in February-April of 1993, when federal agents initiated a siege after a failed raid on the Branch Davidian compound. In the end, four federal agents and 82 civilians were killed. The Alkek Library holds many primary resources on the Waco Siege in The Wittliff Collections archives and in government documents. The exhibit provides background on the events, as well as direction on how to learn more about this event and other government actions using library resources. 

Ashes of Waco digital collection from The Wittliff https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/139. 

Photo: “View of Mount Carmel from sniper’s nest,” ca. March 1993, photographer unknown. Photographs, Box 41, Folder 11. Dick J. Reavis Papers, The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University.

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The Language of Justice: Pathways to Freedom

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Maria Diana Gonzales, 512.245.2330
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Communication Disorders

As part of the Department of Communication Disorders Diversity Day program, this event is primarily to increase awareness among undergraduate and graduate students in Communication Disorders about the status of individuals with disability in the criminal justice system. The event will include the following speaker panel:

  • Dr. Scott Bowman, Department of Criminal Justice
  • Jennifer Johnson, Department of Communication Disorders
  • Dr. Raphael Travis Jr., School of Social Work
  • Mr. Taylor Williams, Speech Language Pathologist at College Station, Texas

The event will also screen parts of the movie, Pathways to Prison by Detroit Public TV: "In a new 60-minute special, DPTV's One Detroit team explores the forces leading to imprisonment. "

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Marcus Felson: Fallacies About Crime

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Room 105/106
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Christine Sellers, 512.245.3341
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice

Public discourse about crime is guided mainly by what's on television, not what really happens in the field. This lecture by Dr. Marcus Felson, professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State, gives you a down-to-earth account of what to expect with real crime, routine police situations, and the ordinary justice system. This lecture is about plain realities.

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February 2018

Exhibit | Researching Justice: Primary Sources at the Alkek Library

until Feb. 28
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); First floor exhibit area
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lauren Goodley, 512.245.3229
Campus Sponsor:
University Library

This exhibit runs through May 30, 2018.

The Waco Siege occurred in February-April of 1993, when federal agents initiated a siege after a failed raid on the Branch Davidian compound. In the end, four federal agents and 82 civilians were killed. The Alkek Library holds many primary resources on the Waco Siege in The Wittliff Collections archives and in government documents. The exhibit provides background on the events, as well as direction on how to learn more about this event and other government actions using library resources. 

Ashes of Waco digital collection from The Wittliff https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/139. 

Photo: “View of Mount Carmel from sniper’s nest,” ca. March 1993, photographer unknown. Photographs, Box 41, Folder 11. Dick J. Reavis Papers, The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University.

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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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Admission is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets will be available online beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 22: Get Tickets SOLD OUTA limited number of stand-by tickets will be available at Evans Auditorium during lineup. Lines will form beginning at 5 p.m.

Paid parking is available at LBJ Student Center Garage.

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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.

Please bring a yoga mat if you have one; a limited number of mats will be available at the event.

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Art Exhibition | We the Dreamers

until Feb. 28
Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby, 830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College and Common Experience

This exhibitions runs through April 30, 2018.

"Dreamers" is a term used to describe undocumented immigrants — many who are young adults — who have been protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The defunding of DACA strips the protection of those brought to the U.S. as children. Their pursuit of the American Dream is now accompanied by the fear of being deported to a another country most have never known, uprooted from their American homes. In addition to works making statement about the artists' personal views or experience with this movement, this exhibition also includes works about deferred dreams, or goals the artist chooses to portray, that are at risk of unjustly being postponed or denied due to government threat and other justice-related issues. 

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Opening Reception | Art Exhibition | We the Dreamers

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

"Dreamers" is a term used to describe undocumented immigrants — many who are young adults — who have been protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The defunding of DACA strips the protection of those brought to the U.S. as children. Their pursuit of the American Dream is now accompanied by the fear of being deported to a another country most have never known, uprooted from their American homes. 

In addition to works making statement about the artists' personal views or experience with this movement, this exhibition also includes works about deferred dreams, or goals the artist chooses to portray, that are at risk of unjustly being postponed or denied due to government threat and other justice-related issues.

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Radical Presence: Black Faces, White Spaces, and the Possibility of Us

Location:
JC Kellam Reed Parr Room (11th floor) (JCK)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jason Julian, 512.245.2170
Campus Sponsor:
University Lecturers Series, Department of Geography, Geography Graduate Student Forum

Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., is a writer, performer, and cultural geographer at the University of Kentucky. As the author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans and the Great Outdoors, she is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. She has served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board and is part of The Next 100 Coalition — a first-of-its-kind coalition of civil rights, environmental justice, conservation, and community leaders who created a vision statement and policy document on diversity and public lands for the Obama Administration. She is currently working on a number of projects, including a new book that explores identity, race, lived experience, and the construction of a black environmental imaginary and performance piece about John Muir (The N Word: Nature Revisited).

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Philosophy Dialogue | Challenges to Academic Freedom

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:
Vince Luizzi, Interim Director of Access & Equity; Title IX Coordinator

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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CANCELLED - John Hocking: Justice in Post-Conflict Societies

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jeremy Wells, 512.245.7987
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Political Science and University Lecturers Committee

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

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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Philosophy Dialogue | Women in Prison: Film screening and discussion of "The Grey Area"

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: 
Rebecca Farinas (Philosophy)
Shannon Fitzpatrick (Attorney for Students)
Christine Sellars (Criminal Justice)

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 | Women and Incarceration

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:
Dialogue Class
Christine Sellars (Criminal Justice)

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 | Music Inside the Walls: Texas Prison Bands

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:
Caroline Gnagy, Austin musician and author of Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History)

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 Social Justice Requires Public Education

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:
Aubrey Alberthanl & Rachel Phillips (Dialogue 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 | Talk of the Times: You Can Be Gay When You Get to College - How Secondary Education is Failing the LGBTQIA Student Community

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:
Phi Sigma Tau
Theresa Hickey (Philosophy), former Phi Sigma Tau president

Talk of the Times, an activity of the American Democracy Project at Texas State, is a weekly open forum on current events and issues led by members of Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society.

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Leadership Institute Annual Conference

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); see conference schedule for room locations
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Laramie McWilliams, 512.245.5321
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students

Registration Required
Conference Website

The Dean of Students Office will host the Leadership Institute Annual Conference, February 23 24, 2018. The conference brings together students to learn leadership skills, engage students in values-based activities that foster personal leadership development, build a unified community, cultivate social responsibility, and inspire students to adopt a new way of life while expanding their leadership potential. 

The conference theme is "Leadership and Justice in the 21st Century," and featured speakers include James Harrington, civil rights attorney and founder of the Texas Civil Rights Project; Helen Lowman, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful; and Marty Cormier, founder of BIO Consulting Services and Professional Leadership educator, trainer and coach.

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Leadership Institute Annual Conference

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); see conference schedule for room locations
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Laramie McWilliams, 512.245.5321
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students

Registration Required
Conference Website

The Dean of Students Office will host the Leadership Institute Annual Conference, February 23 24, 2018. The conference brings together students to learn leadership skills, engage students in values-based activities that foster personal leadership development, build a unified community, cultivate social responsibility, and inspire students to adopt a new way of life while expanding their leadership potential. 

The conference theme is "Leadership and Justice in the 21st Century," and featured speakers include James Harrington, civil rights attorney and founder of the Texas Civil Rights Project; Helen Lowman, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful; and Marty Cormier, founder of BIO Consulting Services and Professional Leadership educator, trainer and coach.

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Philosophy Dialogue | The Morality of Prisons

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:
Phi Sigma Tau open discussion

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 | Pillars and Principles of Restorative 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:
Abigail Smith & Edu Tellez (Dialogue 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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"The Acorn" 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues | Developing Nonviolent Options for Youth

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater (Room 250)
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:
Ethics and Society Class
Hart Viges, Nonviolent Options for Youth (NOY)

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 | The Evolution of Retribution

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:
Isaac Wiegman (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 Acorn" 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues | Dialogue with Hart Viges, Veteran for Peace

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:
Hart Viges, Nonviolent Options for Youth (NOY)

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 Acorn" 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues | How Black Lives Mattered to Gandhi

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:
Africana Philosophy Class
Gail Presbey (Philosophy), University of Detroit-Mercy

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 | "The Acorn" 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues: "Illinois Speaks" – My Work with a Statewide Dialogue Program

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:
Nicoletta Ruane (Philosophy), Loyola University Chicago

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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March 2018

Exhibit | Researching Justice: Primary Sources at the Alkek Library

until March 31
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); First floor exhibit area
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lauren Goodley, 512.245.3229
Campus Sponsor:
University Library

This exhibit runs through May 30, 2018.

The Waco Siege occurred in February-April of 1993, when federal agents initiated a siege after a failed raid on the Branch Davidian compound. In the end, four federal agents and 82 civilians were killed. The Alkek Library holds many primary resources on the Waco Siege in The Wittliff Collections archives and in government documents. The exhibit provides background on the events, as well as direction on how to learn more about this event and other government actions using library resources. 

Ashes of Waco digital collection from The Wittliff https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/139. 

Photo: “View of Mount Carmel from sniper’s nest,” ca. March 1993, photographer unknown. Photographs, Box 41, Folder 11. Dick J. Reavis Papers, The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University.

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Art Exhibition | We the Dreamers

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

This exhibitions runs through April 30, 2018.

"Dreamers" is a term used to describe undocumented immigrants — many who are young adults — who have been protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The defunding of DACA strips the protection of those brought to the U.S. as children. Their pursuit of the American Dream is now accompanied by the fear of being deported to a another country most have never known, uprooted from their American homes. In addition to works making statement about the artists' personal views or experience with this movement, this exhibition also includes works about deferred dreams, or goals the artist chooses to portray, that are at risk of unjustly being postponed or denied due to government threat and other justice-related issues. 

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"The Acorn" 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues | Philosophical Reflections on the Meaning and Value of "Illinois Speaks"

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:
Philosophy Dialogue Class
Nicoletta Ruane (Philosophy), Loyola University Chicago

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

Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC); Room 308
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jeremy Wells, 512.245.7987
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Political Science, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Discourse in Democracy, and University Lecturers Committee

Keynote lecture by Tanya Golash-Boza (Professor of Sociology, University of California Merced) with audience Q&A and a pre-event reception.

Why do we put some people in cages and render others unwelcome in our country? How do we decide who is not fit to live among us? This presentation draws parallels between mass incarceration and mass deportation to show that the confluence of four factors has created the conditions of possibility for mass deportation from the United States: (1) nearly all deportees are Latin American and Caribbean men; (2) the rise of a politics of fear in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11th; (3) the global financial crisis; and (4) the utility of deportees.

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33rd Annual Great Texas River Clean Up

Location:
Off Campus; 170 Charles Austin Drive
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Colleen Cook, 512.245.6122
Campus Sponsor:
Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management

Volunteers are needed for the 33rd Annual Great Texas River Clean Up! 

Join us on Saturday, March 3, 2018, for what we hope will be the largest litter pickup in the event's history. Bring your friends, clean up San Marcos, and learn about how stormwater runoff can impact our precious San Marcos River. Each volunteer will receive a t-shirt, free breakfast, and free lunch after the event.

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Philosophy Dialogue | A Moral and Pragmatic Argument for the Fate of the Dreamers

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:
Robert O'Connor (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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Anthony Graves | Discussion | Q&A | Book Sale + Signing

Location:
McCoy Hall (MCOY); 4th floor atrium
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Marquiss, 512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience

Texas State University is honored to welcome back Anthony Graves for a discussion, Q&A, book sale and signing.

Anthony Graves was wrongfully convicted of multiple homicides in 1992 and spent nearly two decades behind bars, including 12 years on Texas Death Row. His conviction and death sentence were overturned in 2006, and after four years of legal wrangling, he was fully exonerated and released in 2010. Since then, he has become a full-time advocate for criminal justice reform, testifying to the U.S. Senate about the harms of solitary confinement, serving on the board of directors for the Houston Forensic Science Center, and working with the ACLU's Campaign for Smart Justice. He runs the Anthony Graves Foundation, which works to draw attention to problems within the American criminal justice system. He lives in Houston.

His new book, Infinite Hope, was published by Beacon Press in January and will be available for sale at the event. Paid parking will be available at the LBJ Student Center Garage, and student guides will be available there to meet off-campus visitors and direct them to the venue.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Refugees and the Ethics of Human Rights

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:
Phi Sigma Tau open discussion

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 | Searching for a Just Immigration Policy

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:
Hunter Mabee & Katlin Woods

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: Coming to America – Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?

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

Group Leaders:
Texas State Philosophy faculty and Applied Ethics 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 | Deliberative Dialogue on Immigration

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:
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 | Panel Discussion: Are Race and Gender Real?

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:
Holly Lewis & Isaac Wiegman (Philosophy)
Sara Damiano (History)

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 | Panel Discussion: The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Social Reality

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:
Eli Kanon (Philosophy)
Philosophy of Conspiracy 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 Dialogue | Introducing Critical Race Theory

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:
Lori Gallegos de Castillo (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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Preventing Urban Shootings and Violence

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Room 105/106
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Christine Sellers, 512.245.3341
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Tamara D. Madensen-Herold will present and describe the criminal networks that underlie small, chronically violent hotspots and a new approach to reducing crime called PIVOT (Place-based Investigations of Violent Offender Territories).

Dr. Madensen-Herold is an American Crime Scientist. She is currently Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Graduate Director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Returning Peace Corps Volunteer Browse Session

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Room 3-5.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jeremy Peña
Campus Sponsor:
The Center for International Studies

The Center for International Studies will be hosting a Returning Peace Corps volunteer browse session. Enjoy photos, clothing, art, music, and more from returned Peace Corps volunteers who have served around the globe! You will also have the opportunity to have your questions answered and talk with local Peace Corps staff about the application process.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Learning in the Wild: Nature Education and Ecological 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:
Justin Williams (Philosophy)
Environmental Ethics class
Thomas Sievers, Philosophy alumnus & MAAPE

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 | Intersectional Justice Dialogues on Campus Activism

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:
Yunuen Alvarado, USAC & SCOPE
Deanna Spearman, NAACP
Additional guests TBA

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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Use of Force: The Police Perspective

Location:
Hines Academic Center (HINE); Room 205
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Christine Sellers, 512.245.3341
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice and ALERRT Center

John Curnutt, Director of Training at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, will provide an overview of legislation and case law governing police use of force as well as the concept of "reasonableness." Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in scenarios and discussions, providing insight into the complexity of police use of force.

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Film Screening | 500 Years: Film Screening + Discussion with Director Pamela Yates and Producer Paco de Onís

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jennifer Devine, 512.245.3937
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Geography and the University Lecturers' Series

500 Years tells the sweeping story that led Guatemalans to a tipping point in their history, from the ongoing genocide trial of a former dictator to the popular movement that toppled a sitting Guatemalan president in 2015. Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, and power, 500 Years explores Guatemala's growing fight against corruption and impunity. 

Pamela Yates is the director of the Sundance Special Jury Award-winning When the Mountains Tremble, the executive producer of the Academy Award-winning Witness to War, and the director of Emmy-nominated Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Paco de Onís is the executive director and executive producer of Skylight, a human rights media organization.

Photo credit: Saul Martinez

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Documentary Filmmaking Workshop

Location:
Evans Liberal Arts Building (ELA); Room 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jennifer Devine, 512.245.3937
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Geography, University Lecturers' Series

Award-winning director Pamela Yates and executive producer Paco de Onís will draw on their films and experience to introduce students to the basics of documentary filmmaking and storytelling as a strategy for social justice. 

Pamela Yates is the director of the Sundance Special Jury Award-winning When the Mountains Tremble, the executive producer of the Academy Award-winning Witness to War, and the director of Emmy-nominated Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Paco de Onís is the executive director and executive producer of Skylight, a human rights media organization. Paco's film producing credits include 500 Years, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, Rebel Citizen, Disruption, State of Fear and The Reckoning.

Photo credit: Daniel Hernández-Salazar

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A Seat at the Table: Nikki Giovanni Shares Her Story

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Skyller Walkes, 512.245.3451
Campus Sponsor:
Departments of English; Health and Human Performance; Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology (CLAS); Philosophy; Curriculum and Instruction; Office of Equity and Access; #justicetalktxst; and many others

Keynote presentation by Nikki Giovanni, the world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. A book signing will follow the keynote. Ms. Giovanni's most recent collection is A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter (2017).

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April 2018

Exhibit | Researching Justice: Primary Sources at the Alkek Library

until April 30
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); First floor exhibit area
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lauren Goodley, 512.245.3229
Campus Sponsor:
University Library

This exhibit runs through May 30, 2018.

The Waco Siege occurred in February-April of 1993, when federal agents initiated a siege after a failed raid on the Branch Davidian compound. In the end, four federal agents and 82 civilians were killed. The Alkek Library holds many primary resources on the Waco Siege in The Wittliff Collections archives and in government documents. The exhibit provides background on the events, as well as direction on how to learn more about this event and other government actions using library resources. 

Ashes of Waco digital collection from The Wittliff https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/139. 

Photo: “View of Mount Carmel from sniper’s nest,” ca. March 1993, photographer unknown. Photographs, Box 41, Folder 11. Dick J. Reavis Papers, The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University.

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Art Exhibition | We the Dreamers

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

This exhibitions runs through April 30, 2018.

"Dreamers" is a term used to describe undocumented immigrants — many who are young adults — who have been protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The defunding of DACA strips the protection of those brought to the U.S. as children. Their pursuit of the American Dream is now accompanied by the fear of being deported to a another country most have never known, uprooted from their American homes. In addition to works making statement about the artists' personal views or experience with this movement, this exhibition also includes works about deferred dreams, or goals the artist chooses to portray, that are at risk of unjustly being postponed or denied due to government threat and other justice-related issues. 

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Philosophy Dialogue | Are Democracy and Anarchy Incompatible?

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:
Phi Sigma Tau open discussion

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 | Does Democracy Need a Touch of Anarchy?

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:
Raul Garcia & Declan Ward (Dialogue 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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More Just... Us For ALL

Location:
Lampasas (LAMP); Honors Coffee Forum | Room 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Nadine Mozon, 512.245.0579
Campus Sponsor:
Actor Artist Aesthetic theatre class annual event

This event — ensemble-based theatre written and performed by members of Spring 2018 Actor Artist Aesthetic theatre class — presents a "staged" reading of devised work in progress. The Common Experience theme is honored as wellspring. Attendees will bear witness to first fruits flowing into theatrical clarity. Diverse perspectives and voices in a personal political poetic mosaic.

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San Marcos Public Library Dialogue | On Anarchy and Anarchists

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:
Jo Ann Carson (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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Art Exhibition | Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements

until April 30
Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); FLEX Gallery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino, 713.503.5570
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries

This exhibition runs through May 2, 2018.

Curated by Daniel Tucker, "Organize Your Own" features new works by contemporary artists and poets responding to archival materials related to the history of white people organizing in white neighborhoods, in keeping with the mandate from the Black Power movement to “organize your own” community against racism. "Organize Your Own" was launched in 2016 as an exhibition and event series, inspired by historically activist working-class white neighborhoods in Philadelphia (the October 4th Organization) and Chicago (the Young Patriots Organization). Materials from these events have since been collected and published in book form. Its installation at the Texas State Galleries is part of a multi-city tour.

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FBI Profiling and Criminal Investigative Analysis: Resolving “The Fugitive” Murder Case

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Christine Sellers, 512.245.3341
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice

Gregg McCrary, one of the original agents assigned to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) at the FBI Academy in Quantico, discusses the role of behavioral analysis in violent crime investigation. 

His work on the Sam Sheppard case, one of the most infamous murders in U.S. history, is used as a case study to demonstrate the logic, methods, and utility of criminal investigative analysis. Gregg McCrary has conducted research on violent offenders and their crimes, provided expert testimony in homicide and rape trials, and testified before Select Senate Committees on sexual violence.

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Bobcat Build

Location:
Off Campus; check-in at Bobcat Stadium West parking lot (P10W), located between HEB and Bobcat Stadium
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Bobcat Build , 512.245.4245
Campus Sponsor:
Student Involvement

Registration Required by Feb. 28
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Bobcat Build is a day of service as a way to thank the San Marcos community for serving as a home to Texas State University. In Bobcat Build's 16th year, the number of participants, as well as the job sites, continue to rise. The program is one of the largest student-run, student-led community service projects in Texas.

All Texas State students, registered organizations, faculty, and staff may participate in Bobcat Build. To volunteer, you can register by signing up.

If you require accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 512.245.3451 or email ods@txstate.edu at least three business days prior to the event.

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Philosophy Dialogue | Jane Addams on Violence

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:
Rebecca Farinas (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 | Sexual Misconduct and Violence on Campus

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:
Vince Luizzi, Interim Director of Access & Equity; Title IX Coordinator

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 | Our Better Angels: Can Humans Evolve Beyond Violence?

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:
Jessica Berry & Kaylin Garcia (Dialogue 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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False-Positive: A Typology of Police Shooting Errors

Location:
Hines Academic Center (HINE); Room 205
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Christine Sellers, 512.245.3341
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice

Guest speaker Paul Taylor examines the systemic nature of police shooting errors and provides a common language for understanding these tragic outcomes. 

Paul Taylor is a Ph.D candidate in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany in New York. His research on police decision-making and human error within the context of use-of-force encounters has recently received awards from the American Society of Criminology. He has over 11 years of law enforcement experience.

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Panel | The Impact on Families of Having an Incarcerated Family Member

Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC); Room 275
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Amy Meeks, 512.757.3790
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience and Department of Psychology

This is a panel discussion three to four people willing to share their stories about the challenges of having incarcerated family members.

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San Marcos Public Library Dialogue | Community Deliberative Dialogue: How Should We Prevent Mass Shootings in Our Community?

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

Group Leaders:
Texas State Philosophy faculty and Applied Ethics 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 | Deliberative Dialogue: Gun Violence and Gun Rights

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:
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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Comics and Crime: Villains, Vigilantes, and Vice

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Scott Bowman, 512.245.3584
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice

From Action Comics #1 in 1938, comic book heroes and villains have been entangled in conflict — from Metropolis and Gotham to Wakanda and beyond. The one consistency among most comic book conflicts is the presence of criminal and delinquent activity. 

Join several faculty — comic book nerds — from the School of Criminal Justice in a dialogue about the "villains, vigilantes and vice" within comic lore. Costumes/cosplay optional!

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Tunnel of Oppression

Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Eli Trenado, 512.245.6124
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Housing and Residential Life

The Tunnel of Oppression is a highly interactive, high-impact program meant to disrupt stereotypes and explore different frameworks of issues related to diversity. Working with various departments, organizations, and students, the program has chosen to focus on topics related to current events and the experiences of our student population. This year the Tunnel of Oppression theme is on "Seeking Social Justice." Some topics that will be showcased include mental health, veterans, DACA, Black Lives Matter, and our justice system/life after prison.

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Film & Panel Discussion | The Hunting Ground

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Banton, 512.245.2309
Campus Sponsor:
Student Health Center, Counseling Center

April is Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. We all play a role in helping to end sexual violence on our campus and in our communities. Join us for the viewing of an award-winning documentary about the incidents of sexual assault on college campuses in the United States. The Hunting Ground premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and has won several best documentary awards. The documentary focuses on students who were sexually assaulted while enrolled in school and led a campaign to file a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Following a screening there will be a short 20-minute discussion with the panelists. They will take questions and discuss Title IX and sexual violence policies, services, prevention and resources in San Marcos and at Texas State University.

Panelists:

  • Hillary Jones, Psy.D., Senior Psychologist
  • Brandon Pendleton, Primary Prevention Coordinator, HCWC
  • Sophia Taylor-Burton, Vice-President of Outreach, Not On My Campus
  • Nick Rambeau, President, Men Against Violence
  • Kendra Wesson, Student Conduct Officer, Dean of Students


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The Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable: An Introduction and Overview of Its Role in Our Community

Location:
Hines Academic Center (HINE); Room 205
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Christine Sellers, 512.245.3341
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice

The Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable is a collaboration of government, academic, and community organization representatives and individuals with lived experience in the criminal justice system. It promotes effective reentry and reintegration of formerly incarcerated persons and persons with criminal histories.

This panel of Roundtable members and fellows will provide an introduction to the Roundtable and its work, focusing on the organization's strengths and core values, significant recent activities, and the organization's long-term reentry goals. 

Panelists: Darla Gay, Travis County District Attorney's Office; Karen Keith, community member; and Annette Price, Senior Reentry Advocacy Fellow. Moderator: Helen Gaebler, University of Texas School of Law.

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Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez: Activism For The Woke Brown Girl

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Room 4-16.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Mayra Mejia, 512.245.2361
Campus Sponsor:
Center for Diversity and Gender Studies

Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez was born in Managua, Nicaragua, but calls Nashville, Tennessee, her home. The bulk of her work concerns making accessible, through storytelling and curating content, theories of racism and classism. She a full-time writer and currently working on a children's book — as a brown girl who never saw herself represented, she seeks to provide representation for young black and brown girls.

She started the platform Latina Rebels in 2013, and currently it boasts over 200,000 organic followers online. She has been featured in/on Telemundo, Univision, Mitú, Huffington Post Latino Voices, Guerrilla Feminism, Latina Mag, Cosmopolitan, Everyday Feminism, and she was invited to the White House in the fall of 2016.

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Rally & Spoken Word | Take Back the Night

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Rally starts at The Stallions at 6 p.m., continuing with a march to LBJ Student Center amphitheater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Banton, 512.245.2309
Campus Sponsor:
Student Involvement, Student Health Center, Healthy Cats, Counseling Center

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join Texas State University as we take back the night! Help us create safe and respectful communities and end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and all other forms of sexual violence through rallying together and having our voices heard. We all play a role in helping to end sexual violence on our campus and in our communities. It will take all of our voices in solidarity to speak out against all forms of violence. Students are invited to share stories and messages regarding sexual violence through spoken word. Registration is due by Thursday, April 19. Guidelines and registration are located on the Health Promotion Services website.

Hosted by Ebony Stewart, a touring performance arts spoken word poet and active artist in the Central Texas slam poetry scene and theater arts community for over ten years. Ebony is a three-time slam champion from Austin, Texas.

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Yoga Practice | Mindfulness and Criminal Rehabilitation

Location:
Student Recreation Center (SRC); Upstairs Basketball Courts
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Erika Nielson, 512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience

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.

Please bring a yoga mat if you have one; a limited number of mats will be available at the event.

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Access to Justice: A Conversation with the Judiciary

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); Room 105/106
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Thea Whalen, 512.347.9927
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice

Access to justice is a fundamental right. Join us for a discussion with Justice Eva Guzman, Supreme Court of Texas, and experts on the Texas judiciary to learn about the initiatives Texas courts are taking to be leaders in their communities, state, and nation.

Additional panelists include Judge Laura Livingston, 219th District Court; Judge Brett Bray, Blanco County Judge; Judge Roxanne Nelson, Burnet County Justice of the Peace (Precinct 1); and Geoff Burkhart, Executive Director of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.

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May 2018

Exhibit | Researching Justice: Primary Sources at the Alkek Library

until May 30
Location:
Alkek Library (ALK); First floor exhibit area
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lauren Goodley, 512.245.3229
Campus Sponsor:
University Library

This exhibit runs through May 30, 2018.

The Waco Siege occurred in February-April of 1993, when federal agents initiated a siege after a failed raid on the Branch Davidian compound. In the end, four federal agents and 82 civilians were killed. The Alkek Library holds many primary resources on the Waco Siege in The Wittliff Collections archives and in government documents. The exhibit provides background on the events, as well as direction on how to learn more about this event and other government actions using library resources. 

Ashes of Waco digital collection from The Wittliff https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/139. 

Photo: “View of Mount Carmel from sniper’s nest,” ca. March 1993, photographer unknown. Photographs, Box 41, Folder 11. Dick J. Reavis Papers, The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University.

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Art Exhibition | Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements

until May 02
Location:
Joann Cole Mitte (JCM); FLEX Gallery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino, 713.503.5570
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries

This exhibition runs through May 2, 2018.

Curated by Daniel Tucker, "Organize Your Own" features new works by contemporary artists and poets responding to archival materials related to the history of white people organizing in white neighborhoods, in keeping with the mandate from the Black Power movement to “organize your own” community against racism. "Organize Your Own" was launched in 2016 as an exhibition and event series, inspired by historically activist working-class white neighborhoods in Philadelphia (the October 4th Organization) and Chicago (the Young Patriots Organization). Materials from these events have since been collected and published in book form. Its installation at the Texas State Galleries is part of a multi-city tour.

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