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The Common Experience offers themed events, exhibitions, and performances throughout the year, including opportunities to interact with some of the world's leading voices.

Events will be added here as they are confirmed.

August 2018

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Common Reading Book Club

Location:
Alkek Library; Open Theater on 2nd Floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Erika Nielson
512.245.3579
erika.nielson@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
This summer's book club meetings will discuss the 2018-19 Common Reading book, The Runaway Species by David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt. Faculty will discuss ways to integrate the text in classes; staff, community members, and students are welcome to join the discussion, offer insights, and ask questions.

What to Expect:
Open discussion of The Runaway Species. Bring your ideas to the table — literally.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Creative Arts
» Research + Scholarship
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September 2018

Father Greg Boyle

Location:
Evans Auditorium
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lea Velez
512.245.4513
lrr26@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
School of Social Work, Common Experience, University Lecture Series
The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.

Father Boyle entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1972 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1984. In 1986, he was appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles. He witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the late 1980s. Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treating gang members as human beings. By 1988, having buried an ever-growing number of young people killed in gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members sought to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth by developing positive opportunities for them, including establishing an alternative school and day care program, and seeking out legitimate employment. They called this initial effort Jobs for a Future.

In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Jobs for a Future and Proyecto Pastoral, a community-organizing project begun at Dolores Mission, launched their first social enterprise business: Homeboy Bakery. The success of Homeboy Bakery created the groundwork for additional social enterprise businesses, leading Jobs for a Future in 2001 to become an independent nonprofit organization, Homeboy Industries. Today, Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to 15,000 men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.

Father Boyle is the author of the New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, which was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly and received the PEN Center USA 2011 Creative Nonfiction Award.

Father Boyle is the subject of Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, G-Dog. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation, the national culinary-arts organization.

What to Expect:
Inspiration to make a better, more humane world.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Creative Arts

» Community Partners
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INNOVATION WEEK

SEPTEMBER 24-28, 2018

Monday, September 24

Innovation Events | College of Liberal Arts

Location:
TBD
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Aimee Roundtree
512.245.2317
akr@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts
✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

The College of Liberal Arts will present innovation events throughout the morning of Sept. 24. Details and locations to be announced (TBA).

This event listing will be updated as details are finalized.

What to Expect: TBD.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Creative Arts
» Research + Scholarship
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David Eagleman & Anthony Brandt | The Runaway Species

Location:
Evans Auditorium
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Maquiss
twister@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

Admission to this event is free and open to the public. However, an advance ticket is required. A link to the ticket page will be posted here once details are finalized.

The Common Experience Insight Series is proud to present Dr. David Eagleman and Dr. Anthony Brandt, authors of The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Catapult, 2017) — the 2018-19 Common Reading book at Texas State.

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and the New York Timesbestselling author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and Sum. He is the writer and host of the Emmy-nominated PBS television series The Brain. Eagleman is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, a Guggenheim fellow, and the director of the Center for Science and Law. He has written for the New York Times, Discover Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Wired and many others, and he appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC.

Anthony Brandt is a composer and professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He is also Artistic Director of the contemporary music ensemble Musiqa, winner of two Adventurous Programming Awards from Chamber Music America and ASCAP. Brandt has received a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet-the-Composer and the Houston Arts Alliance. Brandt has written two chamber operas and works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dance, theater, film, television, and sound and art installations. He has co-authored papers on music cognition published in the journals Frontiersand Brain Connectivity. He currently lives in Houston with his wife and children.

Common Reading: The Runaway Species

What to Expect: Exploration of the mind and human creativity, including new ideas and stories about innovation, ushering you toward the potential opportunities of tomorrow and beyond.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Creative Arts
» Research + Scholarship
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Tuesday, September 25

3M: New Product Development and Introduction

Location:
McCoy Hall; Woods Teaching Theater | McCoy 119
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Denise Smart
512.245.2311
Campus Sponsor:
McCoy College of Business Administration

✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

The McCoy College of Business Administration is proud to welcome back Distinguished Alumna Karen Carroll, Vice President and General Auditor at 3M.

This event will include a cross-section of 3M representatives from lab/technical, marketing, sales, and finance. The intent is to "take students through the journey of using our materials science, combining it with insights and needs, creating demand, valuing for return on investment, and culminating in great sales in the market." A panel moderator will lead the discussion/presentation and Q&A involving the audience.

What to Expect:
Real-world insights and connections from one of the nation's corporate leaders in innovation.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Research + Scholarship
» Community Partners

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2018 Greater San Marcos Innovation Summit

Location:
Off Campus - San Marcos Convention Center
Cost:
TBD
Contact:
Giselle Myers
512.393.3400
info@greatersanmarcostx.com
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State University
✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

This event will require advance registration. A link will be made available as details are finalized.

The Greater San Marcos Partnership will host the 2018 Innovation Summit on Sept. 25. Details to come.

The Greater San Marcos region is strategically located at the heart of the Austin-San Antonio Innovation Corridor, representing the southern portion of the Austin MSA, which includes Hays and Caldwell Counties, and sits just north of San Antonio. The cities of San Marcos, Buda, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Lockhart, Luling, and Wimberley are within the two-county footprint.

With a diverse and skilled workforce, strong infrastructure, available properties and abundant natural beauty, the Greater San Marcos region offers a robust environment for a wide variety of businesses and industries — one that supports entrepreneurship and innovation while also providing established firms and organizations with a climate that foste
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TBD: Major Speaking Event

Location:
Evans Auditorium
Cost:
Free - Tickets Required
Contact:
Twister Marquiss
twister@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

Admission to this event is free and open to the public. However, an advance ticket is required. A link to the ticket page will be posted here once details are finalized.

The Common Experience will present either an Insight Series event or an LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series event on the evening of Sept. 25. Speaker and details will be announced as they are finalized.

What to Expect: Exploration of the mind and human creativity, including new ideas and stories about innovation, ushering you toward the potential opportunities of tomorrow and beyond.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Research + Scholarship
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Wednesday, September 26

NASA Innovation Day

Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Araceli Ortiz
araceli@txstate.edu
512.245.3102
Campus Sponsor:
NASA STEM Engagement Initiative and Common Experience
✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

The NASA STEM Engagement Initiative at Texas State presents an entire day of events related to career paths in STEM fields and beyond.

What to Expect: TBD.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Research + Scholarship
» Community Partners
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Roundtable: Innovation Leadership

Location:
Alkek Library; Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Marquiss
twister@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

The Common Experience Insight Series presents a roundtable discussion event featuring trendsetting business leaders and vision-forward municipal governments.

What to Expect: TBD.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Creative Arts
» Research + Scholarship
» Community Partners
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Thursday, September 27

Alkek Technology Day

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Debbie Pitts
dhp19@txstate.edu
512.245.4252
Campus Sponsor:
Division of Information Technology (DoIT)
✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) presents an entire day of opportunities to explore technologies at Texas State as well as the innovative spaces in Alkek Library.

What to Expect: TBD.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Creative Arts
» Research + Scholarship
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Space Settlement Symposium

Location:
Comal; Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Eli Kanon
512.245.6597
elikanon@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Program
✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

The Department of Philosophy present the 3rd annual Space Settlement Symposium, a roundtable conversation on the United Nations Outer Space Treaty of 1967. Currently, this is the only regulatory agreement for the use of outer space. As more nations and private organizations innovate technology to access and pursue non-terrestrial resources, the question of how such innovation should be constrained and regulated in order to uphold the UN sentiment that "no one can own outer space" must be addressed. Discussion will include current regulatory practices of outer space and suggestions for future regulation.

What to Expect:
New insights and motivation regarding an inevitable progression into humans living off-world, beyond Earth.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Research + Scholarship
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Friday, September 28

Innovation Events | College of Education

Location:
TBD
Cost:
Free
Contact:
College of Education
Office of the Dean
512.245.2150
Campus Sponsor:
College of Education
✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

The College of Education will present innovation events throughout the morning of Sept. 28. Details and locations to be announced (TBA).

This event listing will be updated as details are finalized.

What to Expect: TBD.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Creative Arts
» Research + Scholarship
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Graduate Student Panel: Roads to Innovative Research

Location:
Lampasas; Room TBD
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Sandy Rao
sr02@txstate.edu
512.245.3790
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College and the Graduate College
✯ Innovation Week Event ✯

The Honors College and the Graduate College present graduate student panels to discuss opportunities to pursue innovative research.

What to Expect: TBD.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Creative Arts
» Research + Scholarship
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Innovation through Music: Pierrot Lunaire-Arnold Schoenberg

Location:
Performing Arts Center
Cost:
$12 General admission. $8 Students/Seniors
Contact:
Jonathan Babcock
512.560.3317
jb211@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Stars At Night Concert Series, School of Music Dean's Showcase, College of Fine Arts & Communication
An advance ticket will be required for this event. A link to the ticket page will be posted here once details are finalized.

Arnold Schoenberg’s melodrama Pierrot Lunaire stands as one of the seminal works of 20th century modern art. For this work, Schoenberg developed a startlingly innovative style of vocal delivery he called Sprechstimme (speaking-voice), which requires the text to be partly spoken and partly sung. The narrator is accompanied by flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Using poetry by Belgian dramatist Albert Geraud, the work continues to amaze and disturb listeners over 100 years after it was first performed. School of Music faculty members Adah Jones (flute), Vanguel Tanguerov (clarinet), Lynn Ledbetter (violin), Karla Hamelin (cello), Joey Martin (piano), Myra Vassian (narrator) and Jonathan Babcock (conductor) will perform.

What to Expect:
A style and sound of music that is likely unknown to many — innovation in the fine arts.

Area of Exploration:
» Creative Arts
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September 2018

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October 2018

Dr. Scott Solomon | Future Humans

Location:
Alkek Library; Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Marquiss
512.245.3579
twister@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Dr. Scott Solomon is a biologist, professor, and science writer. He earned his doctorate in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin where his research examined the evolutionary basis of biological diversity in the Amazon Basin. He has worked as a visiting researcher with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and São Paulo State University in Rio Claro, Brazil.

Dr. Solomon currently teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication as an associate teaching professor at Rice University. His current research examines the interactions between native and non-native ants, the impacts of extreme flooding on ant communities, and the co-evolution between ants and microbes. His writing and photography have appeared in publications such as Aeon, Nautilus, Slate, and Wired and his first book, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution, was published by Yale University Press in 2016.

What to Expect:
A fresh look at the future of humans.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Creative Arts
» Research + Scholarship
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November 2018

Annual Roundtable 360: Innovation

Location:
LBJ Student Center; Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Janet Hale
jh29@txstate.edu
512.245.2547
Campus Sponsor:
McCoy College of Business Administration
The centerpiece of this Roundtable 360 conversation is Innovation — Texas State's 2018-19 Common Experience theme.

Confirmed guest speakers:

Marcus Eriksen, Ph.D., is an environmental scientist, educator, and author of Junk Raft and My River Home. He is committed to building stronger communities through art, science, adventure, and activism. His books chronicle rafting adventures and highlight his experiences as a veteran of war and as a scientist for conservation. Eriksen is the co-founder of Leap Lab, as well as the research director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He studies the global distribution and ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, and he recently published the first global estimate of all plastic of all sizes floating in the world’s oceans, totaling 270,000 metric tons from 5.25 trillion particles.
Lia Colabello launched Plastic Pollution Solutions to advise organizations on strategies to reduce their global plastic footprint. With more than 12 years' experience with ocean conservation groups such as The 5 Gyres Institute and Surfrider Foundation, she has helped organizations including Costa Sunglasses, Klean Kanteen, LUSH Cosmetics, and Whole Foods engage in marine plastics solution initiatives, both internally and with their communities. Prior to working in ocean conservation, Lia worked around the world with premier sports organizations and events, including the PGA TOUR, Ryder Cup, the Super Bowl, and the World Surf League.
What to Expect:
New solutions and changes you can make for a cleaner, safer future.

Areas of Exploration:
» Teaching + Learning
» Research + Scholarship
» Community Partners
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