Mission of the Common Experience at Texas State
"What I have learned from encounters of the subject of hatred is
that hate is like cancer. It grows. If unchecked, it will move from
cell to cell, from limb to limb, from person to person, from community
to community; at the end, hate destroys not only its target but
also its carrier...
Can it be cured by love? Let us say it may more readily be prevented
-Elie Wiesel, Concentration Camp
Survivor & Nobel Peace Laureate
As the words of Elie Wiesel so poignantly suggest, stemming the
tide of hatred may be one of the most daunting challenges facing
us today. "Explorations on Night and the Challenge of Hatred-A Common
Experience" is a year-long initiative of Texas State University-San
Marcos designed to cultivate a "common intellectual conversation"
across the campus, to enhance student participation in the intellectual
life of the campus, and to foster a sense of community across our
entire campus and extended community. By examining the deep roots
of hatred, we may expose the manner in which hate-based actions
can be couched in the name of good-while inflicting harm. Through
honest dialogue, we may become more aware of the role that hatred
plays in our lives, our community, our world and our collective
an awareness of hatred is more than just a matter of exposure and
acknowledgement. To be of value, a dialogue with potential for change
must be a life transforming experience. It needs to promote an understanding
of what each individual can do to counter the tide of hate, as much
as it exposes each individual to the reality of his or her own potentially
hateful attitudes. The Common Experience has been designed with
this transformative element in mind.
Details regarding all components of the Common Experience are accessible
by way of this website, so please explore for additional information,
and, most of all: Welcome to the Common Experience.
Texas State University - San Marcos
J. C. Kellam Building Room 320/380
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666