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Journeys Beyond Words, 2004-2018

Texas State University presents an academic theme each year with related events for everyone. This is our Common Experience.

As part of the Common Experience, we provide all new first-year students with a Common Reading book, which they discuss in University Seminar classes and other courses.

Click on thumbnails below for larger information about each previous Common Reading book.

2017-2018
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson
(New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015)

2017-2018 Common Experience Theme:
THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE

2016-2017
What It Is Like to Go to War
by Karl Marlantes
(New York: Grove Press, 2011)

2016-2017 Common Experience Theme:
A CENTURY OF CONFLICT

2015-2016
…y no se lo tragó la tierra
…And the Earth Did Not Devour Him

by Dr. Tomás Rivera
(Berkeley, CA: Quinto Sol, 1971; Houston: Arte Público Press, 2015)

2015-2016 Common Experience Theme:
BRIDGED THROUGH STORIES

2014-2015
Coming of Age in Mississippi
by Anne Moody
(New York: Doubleday, 1968; Bantam Dell, 1992)

2014-2015 Common Experience Theme:
EXPLORING DEMOCRACY'S PROMISE

2013-2014
Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health
by Ross Szabo and Melanie Hall
(Beverly Hills, CA: Alegra Publishing, 2007)

2013-2014 Common Experience Theme:
MINDS MATTER

2012-2013
Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes
by Kelsey Timmerman
(Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012)

2012-2013 Common Experience Theme:
A GLOBAL ODYSSEY

2011-2012
The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation
written by Jonathan Hennessey, art by Aaron McConnell
(New York: Hill and Wang, 2008)

2011-2012 Common Experience Theme:
FREEDOMS

2010-2011
No Impact Man
by Colin Beavan
(New York: Picador, 2009)

2010-2011 Common Experience Theme:
SUSTAINABILITY

2009-2010
A Whole New Mind: 
Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

by Daniel H. Pink
(New York: Riverhead Trade, 2006)

2009-2010 Common Experience Theme:
THE WHOLE MIND

2008-2009
Lyndon B. Johnson and the Transformation of American Politics
by John L. Bullion
(New York: Pearson Longman, 2008)

2008-2009 Common Experience Theme:
CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LEGACY OF LBJ

2007-2008
Goodbye to a River: A Narrative
by John Graves
(New York: Alfred Knopf, 1960; Vintage, 2002)

2007-2008 Common Experience Theme:
THE WATER PLANET

2006-2007
Zoot Suit and Other Plays
by Luis Valdez
(Houston: Arte Público, 1992)

2006-2007 Common Experience Theme:
PROTEST AND DISSENT

2005-2006
If I Die in a Combat Zone
by Tim O'Brien
(New York: Delacorte, 1973; Broadway Books, 1999)

2005-2006 Common Experience Theme:
COURAGE

2004-2005
Night
by Elie Wiesel
(New York: Hill and Wang, 1960; Bantam, 1982)

2004-2005 Common Experience Theme:
HATRED