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

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October 2017

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

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

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

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Book Talk | Blue Texas: Back to the Future

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

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

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

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

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

Speaker/moderator: 
Shannon Fitzpatrick, Attorney for Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conversations about music, gender, race, history, class, and regional identity using an iconic Billie Holiday song and a Beyoncé album as focal points. Speakers include experts on jailhouse music; 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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November 2017

Art Exhibition | Reformation: An Exhibit on Justice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Philosophy Dialogue | Deliberative Dialogue and Democracy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A New Day One: From Foster Care to Yale

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

Rodney Walker, a Chicago native and former foster youth, graduated with a 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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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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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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San Marcos Public Library Common Reading Book Club

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

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

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

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

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

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December 2017

Art Exhibition | Reformation: An Exhibit on Justice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 2018

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February 2018

Bryan Stevenson | LBJ Distinguished Lecture

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

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

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Yoga Practice | Mindfulness and Criminal Rehabilitation

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

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

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

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John Hocking: Justice in Post-Conflict Societies

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

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

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

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Leadership Institute Annual Conference

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

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

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Leadership Institute Annual Conference

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

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

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March 2018

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

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

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

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

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April 2018

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May 2018

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