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Calendar of Events
Common Experience 2007-2008

2007: September | October | November | December
2008: January | February | March | April | May

Note: If you require an accommodation (information in alternate format, sign language interpreting) due to a disability, email the program contact person of the event. Accommodation requests should be made at least 72 hours in advance of the program start time to ensure availability.

Fall 2007


September

September 11 & 12: Workshop: A River Runs Through Us (for faculty/staff only)
Interactive workshop
2:30-5:00 p.m. (either day) • River Systems Institute

The programs and projects of the River Systems Institute demonstrate the deep commitment to the careful stewardship of the world's freshwater resources. As one of the earth's most remarkable resources, we are dedicated to preserving and protecting this irreplaceable gift—water. The subject of water has particular relevance for our University.

Having the headwaters of the San Marcos River on campus and having strong aquatic resource programs in the biology and geography departments make water a major part of the school's culture. Join us for this interactive workshop which will include a presentation by the Executive Director of the Institute, exhibits in the Institute and the Wetlands Board Walk, and boat rides to observe the headwaters of the San Marcos River

Presenter: Andrew Sansom, Executive Director, River Systems Institute

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September 11: The Unforeseen

Film screening
8:00 p.m. • Sewell Park

The Unforeseen is a beautiful and stunning documentary about the development around Barton Springs in Austin, Texas, and nature's unexpected response to being threatened by human interference. The film premiered at the SXSW festival and was an Official Selection at both the 2007 USA Film Festival and the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, among numerous others. Filmmaker Laura Dunn will be available to speak about the film and answer questions.

Film website: click here
IMDb.com film listing: click here
PBS interview with Laura Dunn (video): click here

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September 14-16: Texas State African American Leadership Conference
15th Annual Conference
Times to be announced • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

The 2007 AALC committee invites you to this year’s conference. This year’s theme is "H20: Hardships 2 Opportunities…Are You Thirsty?"

The Texas State AALC committee welcomes Dr. Eboni K. Wilson, an Administrator in a Chicago Charter School and author of "Breaking the Cycle: From Special Ed to Ph.D." He will be the AALC luncheon speaker on Saturday, September 15, 2007. The luncheon will be held in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom at noon and open to the public.

Website: click here

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September 20: Help Save Our Planet: Children's Artwork from South Africa
Art exhibit and reception
3:30-5:00 p.m. • Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience
Exhibit runs through December 14

Art exhibit reception and reflections on South Africa. Children's artwork from South Africa on display and for sale for a fundraiser for a village water pump.

Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by MHSA, the Common Experience, the Mitte Honors Program, and NCHC Portz Grant.

For more information, contact the Mitte Honors Program at (512) 245-2209.

Event poster: click here

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September 22: "Texas the State of Water"
Film screening and discussion
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. • Round Rock Higher Education Center, Avery Theatre 252

This RRHEC Common Experience event will feature a movie—Finding a Balance—produced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department followed by a presentation and discussion led by representatives of the Lower Colorado River Authority.

For more information, please contact Jim Guion (jg56@txstate.edu) or Barbara Wilson (bw07@txstate.edu).

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September 25: "Water Music: Building Community Through Sound"
Lecture and workshop
8:00 p.m. • Music Building 216

A Lecture by Stephanie Phillips, Texas State University.

Can music influence human connection to the environment? Does participation in musical experience develop community and enhance individual creativity? This experiential workshop and lecture uses exercises in entrainment, deep listening, and organized sound.

For more information contact Dr. Nico Schüler: nico.schuler@txstate.edu

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October

October 1: SACA Film Series: Erin Brockovich
Film screening
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

"She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees."

Erin Brockovich—played by Academy Award-winner Julia Roberts—is an unemployed single mother with a long losing streak. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for a legal-case loss. While no one initially takes her seriously, she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. She discovers that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by deadly toxic waste that the company is illegally dumping—and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her lawfirm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. Based on the true story.

IMDb.com film listing: click here

Note: See the real Erin Brockovich in-person on campus Oct. 2nd (information below).

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October 2: Erin Brockovich-Ellis
Speaking event
8:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Mall

Erin Brockovich-Ellis is a legal clerk who was instrumental in constructing a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California—despite the lack of a formal law-school education. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind, spearheaded by Brockovich-Ellis and Ed Masry, the giant utility paid the largest toxic tort injury settlement in U.S. history: $333 million in damages to more than 600 residents of Hinkley, California. Since the release of the Julia Roberts movie that shares her story and name, she has hosted Challenge America with Erin Brockovich on ABC and Final Justice on Lifetime. She is currently president of Brockovich Research & Consulting, where she is involved in numerous major environmental cases.

Official website: click here

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October 5: Sister Luise Ahrens: Life in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge
Speaking event and discussion
11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. • Mitte Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407

Luise Ahrens, a Maryknoll Sister who has lived in Cambodia for over 20 years, will be in the Mitte Honors Coffee Forum to speak with students and faculty about life in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge and to encourage faculty and student exchanges to Cambodia. A light lunch will be served and all are invited to drop by as your schedule permits.

A film on "Stories of Hope: the Mekong Delta" will be shown continuously on both Thursday, October 4, and Friday, October 5 in the conference room near the coffee forum in Lampasas.

This event is sponsored by the Common Experience, the College of Liberal Arts, the Center for International Studies, and the Mitte Honors Program. For more information, contact Diann McCabe at 245-2266.

Event poster: click here
Film website: click here

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October 9: Philosophy Dialogue Series
Dialogue and discussion
12:30 p.m. • Psychology Building 132
"Philosophy and the River"
Sophists and Sages: student presenters, Ben Armstrong and Stephen Peanick
with special guest Dr. Mark Busby (Center for the Study of the Southwest)

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October 9: Dr. Mark Busby: "John Graves, Writer and Goodbye to a River"
Discussion, reception, and book signing
2:00 p.m. • Flowers Hall 341

Mark Busby, coeditor of John Graves, Writer, will discuss his book and Graves' most famous work, Goodbye to a River (1960), the core text for the 2007-2008 Common Experience program at Texas State. Busby will examine the book's major themes and its connection to Graves' life and other works. A book signing and reception will follow.

For more information contact Mark Busby: mb13@txstate.edu

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October 10: Philosophy Dialogue Series
Dialogue and discussion
12:30 p.m. • Psychology Building 132
"Nature, Self, and Society: The Environmental Philosophy of Felix Guattan"
with Prof. Vince Lopes (Biology)

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October 10: Dr. Mark Busby: "John Graves, Writer and Goodbye to a River"
Presentation and discussion
7:00 p.m. • San Marcos Public Library

Mark Busby, Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University, will make a presentation and lead a discussion on his book, John Graves, Writer, and Graves' book, Goodbye to a River.

This event is open to the public.

For more information contact Susan Smith at (512) 393-8213 or smith_susan@ci.san-marcos.tx.us

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October 11: Philosophy Dialogue Series
Dialogue and discussion
11:00 a.m. • Psychology Building 132
"Biodiversity"
with Professor Michael Huston (Biology)

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October 11: Philosophy Dialogue Series
Dialogue and discussion
12:30 p.m. • Psychology Building 132
"Water and the Elements in 12th Century Science"
Sophists and Sages: Prof. Jo Ann Carson and the Philosophy Dialogue Class
with special guest Dr. Jack Zupko (Philosophy, Emory University)

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October 11: Dr. Jack Zupko: "Teaching an an Interdisciplinary Course on Water"
Speaking event
3:30 p.m. • R.F. Mitte Technology & Physics Building 3241

Dr. Jack Zupko teaches in the Philosophy Department at Emory University in Atlanta. A specialist in medieval philosophy, he also has teaching interests in environmental studies and religion. He was a founding member of the Piedmont Project, an interdisciplinary group of Emory faculty working to integrate ecological concerns and promote the concept of sustainability in their courses and service to the university. In 2005, he and a geologist colleague taught the first version of "The Water Course," an interdisciplinary course for juniors and seniors on the theme of water in science, philosophy, and literature. He will discuss his experiences in his talk, "Teaching an Interdisciplinary Course on Water." This talk is sponsored by the College of Science Seminar Series.

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October 11: "Texas the State of Water: Finding a Balance"
Film screening and discussion
7:00-9:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater, 4-16.1

This Department of Political Science "Politics of Film" series event with Rick Henderson will feature a movie—Finding a Balance—produced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

For more information, contact Rick Henderson: rdh@txstate.edu

 

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October 13: San Marcos River Cleanup
Cleanup and cookout
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. • San Marcos River

Student Volunteer Connection (SVC), in conjunction with San Marcos Parks and Recreation, will be hosting a River Cleanup. A cookout will be held afterward to to allow the students and the community to mingle and build relationships with each other.

For more information contact Cassandra Ragin (512-245-1687 or cr1142@txstate.edu) or Joshua Naughton (512) 245-1688 or jn1175@txstate.edu)

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October 14: A San Marcos Tribute to the River
Tribute, presentation, and celebration
3:00-5:00 p.m. • San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins

Join in a celebration of the treasure of San Marcos and Texas State by bringing photos, stories, and memories of the San Marcos River. Brief presentations of writings, photos, history, and poetry will begin the tribute to the San Marcos River, and participants will join in to share memories and insights about the distinctive beauty and history of the San Marcos River.

Sponsored by the Common Experience at Texas State, the Mitte Honors Program, the City of San Marcos, and the San Marcos Public Library.

For more information, contact Susan Smith at the San Marcos Public Library (512-393-8213 or smith_susan@ci.san-marcos.tx.us) or Diann McCabe (512-245-2209 or dm14@txstate.edu).

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October 15: SACA Film Series: Kamp Katrina: A Documentary
Film screening
7:00 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater

The film documentary Kamp Katrina follows New Orleans native Ms. Pearl, who spontaneously converts her backyard into a tent-village for displaced people for six months in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Kamp Katrina filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin will be on hand to discuss the film, how they made it, and answer any questions after the film showing.

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Mitte Honors Program, Multicultural Programs Committee, SACA, and University Seminar

Information: click here
Event poster: click here


October 17 & 18: Water Quality Sampling and Education
Water quality monitoring
All day • San Marcos River

On October 17 and 18, Texas Watch will conduct a water quality sampling and education event that will highlight the importance of water quality research, education, and management on the San Marcos River.

This event will involve an intensive day of water quality monitoring on October 17 with promotion of the events' results on October 18. Both days will feature a high level of student and faculty involvement, with media events schedule both days.

For more information contact Jason Pinchback: jp30@txstate.edu

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October 19: Supple Folk Music Series: "Whailin' on Water"
Music event
7:30 p.m. • Evans Auditorium • Tickets: $15 reserved, $5 students

The Supple Folk Music Series presents Whailin’ on Water: from rain to rivers to raging sea—songs and tunes about water. Featuring Quickstep & Jamcrackers: John Kirk and Trish Miller as Quickstep; Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn as Jamcrackers. These are upstate New York folk
musicians whose songs capture the longtime environmental efforts to
preserve the Hudson River and the Hudson River Valley.

Call (512) 245-3501 for more information. Corporate Sponsor: CenturyTel

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October 23: "Water for Life: Media Communication on a Complex Issue"
Discussion
2:00 p.m. • Old Main room 232

This event, part of Mass Communications Week, is a discussion on how the environment is covered in the media.

The panelists will be Asher Price, an environmental journalist for the Austin American-Statesman, and Tom Harvey, Texas Parks and Wildlife News and Information Director.


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October 25: Dr. Scott Slovic
Speaking event, lecture, discussion, and book signing
3:30 p.m. • Southwestern Writers Collection • Alkek Library, 7th floor

Dr. Scott Slovic is among the foremost literary critics in the country; his lecture will focus on an eco-critical reading of Robinson Jeffers' poem "Oh, Lovely Rock" and John Graves' Goodbye to a River. Because Dr. Slovic is an avid environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast—as well as a former faculty member at Texas State—this is a great opportunity for students to learn more about Graves' book and its importance.

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September 20 to December 14:
Help Save Our Planet: Children's Artwork from South Africa
Art exhibit
Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience

Art exhibit reception and reflections on South Africa. Children's artwork from South Africa on display and for sale for a fundraiser for a village water pump.

Sponsored by MHSA, the Common Experience, the Mitte Honors Program, and NCHC Portz Grant.

For more information, contact the Mitte Honors Program at (512) 245-2209.

Event poster: click here

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November

November 5: "Poems about Water"
Music and poetry reading
6:00 p.m. music • 7:00 p.m. poetry reading • Lampasas 407

A Common Experience event featuring poetry readings by Department of English faculty. Poets John Blair, Cyrus Cassells, Roger Jones, Miles Wilson, and Steve Wilson will read from their work. Music by the Sarinda String quartet will also be featured. Free refreshments. Open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of English, the Mitte Honors Program, and the Common Experience. Contact Mitte Honors Program at (512) 245-2266 for more information or if accomodations are needed.

Event poster: click here

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November 5: SACA Film Series: A River Runs Through It
Film screening
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it..."

A true story about two boys, Norman (played by Craig Sheffer) and Paul (Brad Pitt), growing up in Montana. One is rebellious of his father, Rev. Maclean (Tom Skerritt), while the other has his feet on the ground. The one love they both have is fly fishing.

Based on the memoir-novella "A River Runs Through It" by Norman Maclean.

IMDb.com film listing: click here

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November 13: Symposium on Careers in Water Resources
Career symposium
2:30-6:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

This event will highlight careers in water resources. It will include presentations from several University graduates who have had very successful careers in water resources. The event will also allow attendees to meet with representatives from several businesses and organizations who employ water resources professionals.

Detailed schedule and panelist information (PDF): click here

For more information, contact Dr. Mike Abbott (Abbott@txstate.edu) or Curt Schafer (CS21@txstate.edu).

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November 13: An Evening with G.W. Bailey and Wyman Meinzer
Photography show and reading
7:30-9:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Texas Rivers is a book that marries the work of two Texas legends, the marvelous prose of John Graves and the magnificent photographs of Wyman Meinzer. This event will feature Wyman Meinzer showing and discussing his photographs of Texas rivers, and Texas State alumnus and well-known actor G.W. Bailey reading from the works of John Graves.

For more information, contact Dr. Mike Abbott (Abbott@txstate.edu) or Dr. Mark Busby (mb13@txstate.edu).

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November 15: Texas Recycles Day 2007
Celebration and awareness campaign
All day • Statewide • Recycling display in Quad on campus

Texans will be celebrating Texas Recycles Day on Thursday, November 15, 2007. Please visit the TRD website (click here) for a list of recycling events throughout the State of Texas.

The National Association of Environmental Professionals will have a recycling display set up in the Quad area. Please stop by and visit with NAEP if you have a chance.

The Texas State Recycling Program would like to encourage you to make an effort to recycle, especially on this day. There are indoor and outdoor recycling receptacles for plastics and aluminum throughout the campus. If you cannot find one near your area please contact us.

For more information or questions, contact Mario Garza: mg18@txstate.edu

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November 29-30: Undergraduate Research Conference and Thesis Forum
Conference, forum, speaking event, and reception
Keynote address Nov. 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m. • Poster reception Nov. 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m. •
Lampasas Hall 407 & 502B

Oral presentations and poster presentations will showcase Texas State undergraduate research from all disciplines. Additional speakers from the Texas State faculty will address the Common Experience theme of water.

The keynote address will be given by Texas State graduate, Ms. Christy Tinsley Ilfrey (English, 1998). Her talk, "River Memories, Native Plants, and the Nature of Texas" will explore her journey from Texas State to life running the sustainable landscape design business she and her husband have developed. Their mission is to inspire positive changes in their community by way of design and consultation services, writing projects and speaking engagements. Although "rebellious by Nature," the Ilfreys have received several awards and accolades for their commitment to conserve, preserve, restore and celebrate Texas' natural resources.

Mitte Honors Program website: click here

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September 20 to December 14:
Help Save Our Planet: Children's Artwork from South Africa
Art exhibit
Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience

Art exhibit reception and reflections on South Africa. Children's artwork from South Africa on display and for sale for a fundraiser for a village water pump.

Sponsored by MHSA, the Common Experience, the Mitte Honors Program, and NCHC Portz Grant.

For more information, contact the Mitte Honors Program at (512) 245-2209.

Event poster: click here

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December

September 20 to December 14:
Help Save Our Planet: Children's Artwork from South Africa
Art exhibit
Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience

Art exhibit reception and reflections on South Africa. Children's artwork from South Africa on display and for sale for a fundraiser for a village water pump.

Sponsored by MHSA, the Common Experience, the Mitte Honors Program, and NCHC Portz Grant.

For more information, contact the Mitte Honors Program at (512) 245-2209.

Event poster: click here

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December 14: Music Through the Bloodline: A Bilingual Documentary
Film screening and live music
6:00-8:00 p.m. • The former Aquarena Restaurant, Fountain View Room •
921 Aquarena Springs Drive

Aquarena Center and the Texas State University Mitte Honors Program invite the general public to attend the premier screening of Music Through the
Bloodline
as part of Aquarena's Texas Rising Star LIVE performance series. This bilingual documentary was produced for an honors thesis by Texas Rising Star, Carley Gazic-Gibler, a Mitte Honors student who will graduate from Texas State University earlier in the day.

The special screening will be held in the Fountain View Room of the former Aquarena Restaurant. Live music to follow by Carley Wolf and Cien Fuegos. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the Mitte Honors Program at (512) 245-2266. To reach the former Aquarena Restaurant, call (512) 245-7570.

Event poster: click here

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Spring 2008


January

January 11 to February 29: Water: Metaphor, Myth and Meaning
Exhibition and reception

The Walkers' Gallery • San Marcos Activity Center
Artists' reception/exhibit opening Friday, January 11, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Artists flowed into the new year with a great outpouring of art, responding with their own interpretations of the theme: Water: Metaphor, Myth and Meaning. Along with diverse styles from representative to abstract and media from photography and oil paintings to collage and painted plates, artists expressed a wide range of responses to the stimulus of water. Some addressed the universality of water, some the literal, some the whimsical, and some the political.

Exhibits at the Walkers' Gallery are sponsored by the San Marcos Area Arts Council and the City of San Marcos with support from the San Marcos Arts Commission.

For more information, please e-mail LKJ@centurytel.net

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January 14 to February 29: The San Marcos: A River's Story
Photo exhibition
Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience

The Gallery of the Common Experience presents the photography exhibit The San Marcos: A River's Story. Photographs by Jerry Touchstone Kimmel, from the book The San Marcos: A River's Story by Jim Kimmel.

Book signing and reception Wednesday, January 30, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Mitte Honors Program, the Portz Grant NCHC, and the Texas State Parents Association.

Book information: click here

Alkek Library book link: click here

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January 29 : "The Movie Shine: Water and/in Music"
Lecture and film screening
8:00 p.m. • Music Building Recital Hall

A Lecture by Dr. Nico Schüler, School of Music, on the relationships between water and music in the movie Shine. The movie is based on the true story of talented Australian pianist David Helfgott, who was driven and mentally abused by his father to eventually suffer a mental breakdown. Years later, he returned to the piano and gained popular acclaim. Water is a heavily used metaphor in this movie. The brief lecture will be followed by the screeningof the film.

For more information contact Dr. Nico Schüler: nico.schuler@txstate.edu

IMDb.com film listing: click here

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February

February 1 to July 31: Rivers of Texas
Exhibition
Southwestern Writers Collection • 7th floor, Alkek Library

In conjunction with this year’s Common Experience at Texas State, which features Goodbye to a River by John Graves as the text, the Southwestern Writers Collection is mounting Rivers of Texas, an exhibition that includes photographs, manuscripts, and artifacts from John Graves as well as several other Texas writers who have published work about the state’s rivers, from theSan Marcos to the Rio Grande, including Stephen Harrigan, Joe Nick Patoski, Jan Reid, and more.

Southwestern Writers Collection website: click here

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February 7: "There and Back Again: A Reflection of Graves' River"
Photo presentation and discussion
6:30 p.m. • Alkek Library Teaching Theater

Dr. David Taylor from the University of North Texas is taking a group of
students and duplicating John Graves' trip on the Brazos River in October/November. Taylor and Dr. Jim Kennedy, a stream ecologist, will take students from an advanced creative non-fiction class and from graduate environmental science classes and paddle Graves' trek down the Brazos 50 years after his trip that became Goodbye to a River.

Dr. Kennedy plans to do collection and do comparative work with the Brazos of 1950, while all the students will produce reflective work on Goodbye to a River. Dr. Taylor and his students have agreed to come to Texas State to show pictures, talk about the trip, and answer questions regarding their experiences. University Seminar will be sponsoring the event.

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February 7-10: The Memory of Water
Theatre production
February 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. • February 10 at 2:00 p.m.
PSH Foundation Studio Theatre, Theatre Center at Texas State University-San Marcos
430 Moon Street • San Marcos• Tickets: $8 general admission, $5 students

The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson; directed by Debbie Swann; production company: Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance.

When three sisters reunite after their mother’s death, they squabble over funeral arrangements, their failing romances, and their differing memories of their childhoods and mother. A mixture of dark comedy and drama, London critics hailed Stephenson’s play as “touching and hugely entertaining”, “a lovely piece full of humor and heart.” For mature audiences.

Tickets go on sale February 4 at noon; contact the Texas State Box Office at (512) 245-2204.

BBC synopsis: click here

Play poster: click here

For more information please contact Lori Smith at (512) 245-2147 or ls52@txstate.edu

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February 12 to March 20:
"FATHOM: Exploring the Depths of Water as Concept, Content and Context"
Art exhibition
Art Gallery II, Joann Cole Mitte Building

A survey of art, curated by Texas State University Gallery Director Mary Mikel Stump, revolving around the theme of water. In support of the university’s Common Experience topic, "The Water Planet: A River Runs Through Us," this exhibition explores the variety of ways in which water can be portrayed in artistic interpretation and media.

Opening reception: February 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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February 13: Donna Berber: "A Glimmer of Hope"
Reception, speaking event, and discussion
2:00 p.m. • Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience

Ms. Donna Berber, co-founder of A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, will visit campus on Wednesday, February 13, for a reception at 2:00 p.m. to discuss her work in Ethiopia.

Sponsored by the Mitte Honors Program and the River Systems Institute.

A Glimmer of Hope website: click here

Event poster: click here

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February 14 and 15: "Dancers in Flight"
Dance production
7:30 p.m. • Evans Auditorium • Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 students

The the Orchesis Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Samantha Furry, presents "Dancers in Flight," a collaboration of original music and dance that envelopes the 2008 Common Experience theme “A River Runs Through Us.” Original pieces by Caroline Sutton Clark and by the Orchesis Dance Company Officers focus on the eternal flow and strength of rivers, as well as the life that springs forth from it. Various other themed works by student and guest choreographers are part of the event as well.

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February 17: 2008 Olympic Team Trials Qualifiers
Team trials qualifiers in four Olympic events
All day • Rio Vista Falls • San Marcos River

San Marcos will host 2008 Olympic Team Trials qualifiers in four Olympic events: men's kayak, women's kayak, men's canoe, and double canoe. The event will be held all day on Sunday, Feb. 17. The top placing finishers in each category will go on to compete in the Olympic Team Trials in April in North Carolina.

The event should bring some of the best racers in the country and could even lure competitors from farther away.

During the week prior to the qualifers, there will be a training camp. Other auxiliary events will include novice and junior classes.

News 8 Austin story: click here

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February 18: Inheritance: A Fisherman's Story
Film screening
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

In 2000, the Hungarian river Tisza was flooded with 120,000 tons of cyanide waste that killed 1,200 tons of fish and destroyed the river's ecosystem. This 2003 documentary by Peter Hegedus, Inheritance, chronicles the struggle of fisherman Balazs Meszaros to gain compensation from the foreign-owned gold mine for destroying the livelihood of his community. The film demonstrates how the incident has not only affected the fishermen's livelihood but also their entire way of life. As Inheritance follows Balazs's efforts to preserve a way of life and documents his transformation from quiet fisherman into a man who stands alone against huge multinational corporations, it exposes the environmental and human consequences of unregulated globalization.

IMDb.com film listing: click here

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February 21: Interfaith Blessing of the San Marcos Headwaters
Spiritual, religious, and cultural event
5:00-6:30 p.m. • River Systems Institute, Conference Room

Sponsored by the H. L. Grant Catholic Student Center at Texas State in collaboration with other area religious and cultural organizations, this event brings together leaders from varied faith traditions—Native American, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and others—to participate in blessing and briefly explaining the significance of water generally and, where possible, the San Marcos headwaters specifically to their faiths.

Dr. Walter Rast, Department of Biology, will begin with a brief statement of the religious and cultural significance of water before the blessings, which will be followed by a reception and conversation.

Boat rides to the event will be available from the dock at Saltgrass Steakhouse (formerly Joe's Crab Shack).

For information, contact Dan Lochman, Department of English: (512) 245-9168 or dl02@txstate.edu

Event poster: click here

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February 26: "Rivers as Borders"
Panel discussion
3:30-5:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

The Student Affairs Diversity Team will present “Rivers as Borders,” a panel discussion on immigration and its impact on laws, economics, ethics and the American society. The program will be facilitated by Dr. Jeff Gordon, professor of philosophy at Texas State. Panelists will include Mrs. Marisa Bono, staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Mr. Jack Elder, Community Activist; Dr. Jorge Valdez, professor of philosophy, Our Lady of the Lake University; and Mr. Jim Harrington, Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

The program is co-sponsored by Associated Student Government, Black Men United, Black Student Alliance, Black Women United, Hip Hop Congress, LAMBDA, Phi Iota Alpha, Latinas Unidas, Bobcat Equality Alliance, Hombres Unidos, RHA, Multicultural Student Affairs, Gospel Expressions Association, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Student Foundation, Allies, Chi Epsilon Sigma, and Texas State Alliance.

For more information contact Earl Moseley at em05@txstate.edu

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UPDATED TIME & VENUE
February 27: Chad Pregracke: "Living Lands and Waters"
Speaking event
12:30 p.m. • Academic Services Building (ASB-South), Room 315

Chad Pregracke was a high school student when he first glimpsed the trash that littered the bottom of the Mississippi River, a shocking sight that launched him on a quest to clean up the river. After four discouraging years seeking government help without success, he decided to take his fund-raising private—and a corporate sponsor decided to take a chance on this unshakably determined young man.

The mission of Living Lands and Waters is threefold: to aid in the protection, preservation and restoration of the natural environment of the nation's major rivers and their watersheds; to expand awareness of environmental issues and responsibility encompassing the river; and to create a desire and an opportunity for stewardship and responsibility for a cleaner river environment.

Information: click here

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January 11 to February 29: Water: Metaphor, Myth and Meaning
Exhibition
The Walkers' Gallery • San Marcos Activity Center

Artists flowed into the new year with a great outpouring of art, responding with their own interpretations of the theme: Water: Metaphor, Myth and Meaning. Along with diverse styles from representative to abstract, and media from photography and oil paintings to collage and painted plates, artists expressed a wide range of responses to the stimulus of water. Some addressed the universality of water, some the literal, some the whimsical, and some the political.

Exhibits at the Walkers' Gallery are sponsored by the San Marcos Area Arts Council and the City of San Marcos with support from the San Marcos Arts Commission.

For more information, please e-mail LKJ@centurytel.net

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January 14 to February 29: The San Marcos: A River's Story
Photo exhibition
Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience

The Gallery of the Common Experience presents the photography exhibit The San Marcos: A River's Story. Photographs by Jerry Touchstone Kimmel, from the book The San Marcos: A River's Story by Jim Kimmel.

Book signing and reception Wednesday, January 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Mitte Honors Program, the Portz Grant NCHC, and the Texas State Parents Association.

Book information: click here

Alkek Library book link: click here

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March

March 1: The 23rd Annual Great Texas River Clean-Up
Community event
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. • Spencer Canoe or City Park

On Saturday, March 1, folks from all over Texas will be participating in the world's longest river clean up. We will be picking up trash along the entire length of the San Marcos River (approximately 90 miles).

Everyone is urged to help. If you are unable to participate on the water, volunteers are needed to work the banks of the river, especially at parks and highway crossings. Scuba divers and snorkelers are also urged to participate.

For more information contact Tom Goynes (coordinator) at (512) 392-6171 or goynes@centurytel.net

Event link: click here

San Marcos River Foundation website: click here

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March 2 to August 8: Water: The Common Experience
Art exhibition
Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience

The Gallery of the Common Experience presents the art exhibit Water: The Common Experience. The exhibit will feature artwork from artists from several states and several countries, as well as selected student artwork. It will be on display through the end of Summer II.

Artists' reception Thursday, March 6, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Event poster: click here

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March 3, 4, & 5: Wim van Egmond
Interdisciplinary presentations
March 3 • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Joann Cole Mitte Building, room 2121
March 4 • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Joann Cole Mitte Building, room 2121
March 5 • 4:00- 5:30 p.m. • Roy F. Mitte Building (Science & Technology), room 3241

Visiting Dutch artist Wim van Egmond will give three interdisciplinary presentations about his work in photomicrography and 3-D photography of water-dwelling microorganisms.

Trained in painting and photography, van Egmond uses microscopes and cameras to explore and dramatize worlds hidden in drops of water.

Event poster: click here

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March 4:
"MUSICAL FATHOM: Exploring the Depths of Water through Music and Sound"
Music recital and live sound instillation
8:00 p.m. • Art Gallery II, Joann Cole Mitte Building

A forum of new music featuring works that deal with the subject of water. The music will utilize sounds of water, the influence of water on various cultures and live audio and video manipulation dealing with water subjects, all in a space surrounded by art works.

All featured music is written by faculty members and students from Texas State University School of Music and will be performed by the Mysterium for Modern Music Ensemble, Dr. Russell Riepe, director, and the Mysterium Electronica Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, Richard Hall, director.

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March 6:
Watersong: Juilliard Rejoins Texas State for a Common Experience in the Arts
Concert performance, directed by Wayne Oquin, Juilliard School
8:00 p.m. • Evans Auditorium • free admission

This event will feature nineteen of Juilliard’s best musicians, dancers, and actors in collaboration with top performers of Texas State. The performances will include theatrical scenes, original dance choreography, photography, and avant-garde works by such composers as Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951), Toru Takamitsu (1930-1996), and Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)—all focused on the theme of this year’s Common Experience, “Water.” The highlight of the evening will be the world premiere of Watersong for violin solo, piano, harp, vibraphone, marimba, and string orchestra by Texas State alumnus Wayne Oquin (b. 1977), a composition specifically commissioned for this event.

Event poster: click here

For more information contact Dr. Nico Schüler (nico.schuler@txstate.edu) or the Mitte Honors Program at 512-245-2266.

Handicapped parking is available in front of Flowers Hall. Regular parking is available in the Wood Street Parking Garage. Map: http://www.maps.txstate.edu/l3_3.html

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February 12 to March 20:
"FATHOM: Exploring the Depths of Water as Concept, Content and Context"
Art exhibition
Art Gallery II, Joann Cole Mitte Building

A survey of art, curated by Texas State University Gallery Director Mary Mikel Stump, revolving around the theme of water. In support of the university’s Common Experience topic, "The Water Planet: A River Runs Through Us," this exhibition explores the variety of ways in which water can be portrayed in artistic interpretation and media.

Opening reception: February 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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March 24: Thirst
Film screening
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

There are some things so basic to human life that they don't belong in the free-market system, and water is definitely one of them. That's the message of Alan Snitow's brilliant 2004 documentary, Thirst, whose heroes are activists fighting to protect the rights of ordinary people to control their water supplies, either through government ownership or direct action (like the so-called "rainwater harvesters" of India, who dig their own ponds to collect rainwater in desert climates and fear that their work will be expropriated by multinational corporations like Coca-Cola and Pepsi). With human populations increasing and water resources staying about the same, there's a basic question for the future: will water continue to be a readily available human resource, or will it be privatized and become a luxury good controlled by multinational corporations, and will those who can't afford to pay for it be told just to do without and die?

IMDb.com film listing: click here

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March 26: Dr. Sylvia Earle
Speaking event
8:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Mall

The James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research (JMLC) presents Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and JMLC Board Member.

Named Time Magazine's first "Hero for the Planet" in 1999, and called a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, Dr. Earle has authored more than 150 scientific, technical, and popular publications, and appeared in hundreds of television productions. She has directed over 60 diving expeditions, and she has logged more than 6,000 hours underwater and set the record for solo diving: 1,000 meters or 3,281 feet.

Dr. Earle has served as NOAA's Chief Scientist and as Executive Director for corporate and nonprofit organizations such as American Rivers, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. As President of Deep Search International and Chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, her work focuses on marine ecosystems with special attention to exploration, development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

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March 29: San Marcos River Scenic Waterway Canoe Trip
Educational canoe trip
Departing campus at 10:00 a.m. • Returning to campus around 6:00 p.m.
Student cost: $10

The Department of Geography and the River Systems Institute are leading a canoe trip on Saturday, March 29, on a section of the San Marcos River near Luling that has been designated as a Scenic Waterway by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Trip leaders are Drs. Richard Earl, Donald J. Huebner, and Jim Kimmel of Department of Geography. We will also have 3-4 river-experienced students as volunteer assistants on the trip. There will be stops along the trip to discuss the natural history and cultural geography of this stretch of the San Marcos River. This program will provide the students with a unique educational experience, familiarity with careers involving rivers, and a lifelong memory of the unique qualities of the San Marcos River and the issues involved in its long-term stewardship.

Trip details (pdf): click here

Trip map and information (pdf): click here

For more information contact Dr. Richard Earl (re02@txstate.edu), Dr. Donald J. Huebner (dh48@txstate.edu), or Dr. Jim Kimmel (jk02@txstate.edu).

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February 1 to July 31: Rivers of Texas
Exhibition
Southwestern Writers Collection • 7th floor, Alkek Library

In conjunction with this year’s Common Experience at Texas State, which features Goodbye to a River by John Graves as the text, the Southwestern Writers Collection is mounting Rivers of Texas, an exhibition that includes photographs, manuscripts, and artifacts from John Graves as well as several other Texas writers who have published work about the state’s rivers, from theSan Marcos to the Rio Grande, including Stephen Harrigan, Joe Nick Patoski, Jan Reid, and more.

Southwestern Writers Collection website: click here

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March 2 to August 8: Water: The Common Experience
Art exhibition
Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience

The Gallery of the Common Experience presents the art exhibit Water: The Common Experience. The exhibit will feature artwork from artists from several states and several countries, as well as selected student artwork. It will be on display through the end of Summer II.

Artists' reception Thursday, March 6, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Event poster: click here

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April

April 3 : Rio Vista Transformed
Film screening
7:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

A screening of the 30-minute filmRio Vista Transformed, about the collaboration in San Marcos to transform the Rio Vista dam into a popular and beautiful tourist spot on the San Marcos River.

Filmmaker and San Marcos Communications Manager Melissa Millecam and other guests will be on hand to answer questions about the process of transforming the dam and about making the film.

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April 12: 27th Annual River Clean-Up
River clean-up and related activities
9:00 a.m-2:00p.m. • City Park Recreation Hall

Sponsored by San Marcos Nature Center, Texas State University-San Marcos, and the Lion's Club.

For more information call (512) 393-8448 or (512) 393-8400.

 


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April 20: 2nd Annual Aquarena Earth Day Festival
Celebration and educational activities
12:00-7:00 p.m. • Aquarena Center

Aquarena Center will again be hosting Earth Day activities this year. In keeping with the Common Experience theme, the focus of the activities will be water.

The event is free to the public and will include educational activities for all ages; recycling and green building displays; live music entertainment; food and vendor booths; nature-based entertainment; and blessing of the Springs.

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April 23: Remodel Your Bottle Campaign
Exhibit and educational activity
11:00-2:00 p.m. • LBJSC Mall Area

Remodel Your Bottle is a service project organized by students in the HLSAMP Scholars Program in the College of Science. The project goal is to increase awareness of the significant negative "environmental footprint" made by the purchase and consumption of bottled water on the Texas State University campus and encourage students to "ditch disposable" and "go reusable."

Project information: click here

HLSAMP Scholars Program information: click here

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April 28-30: Forecast: Climate Change Impacts on Texas Water
Conference
Texas State Capitol • Austin, Texas

Climate change is inevitable. Regional and local impacts unknown. At risk: Texas water and all who depend upon it for survival.

The warning is clear, but how do we plan for it?

This timely conference will take a comprehensive look at what we know about climate change and what we need to know about local impacts to Texas’ water, its availability, and to the communities, both natural and human, that depend on it. Over the course of three days, Forecast: Climate Change – Texas Water 2008, will highlight international and national climate change scientists who have conducted cutting-edge work in the prediction of global warming and the impending changes on the earth’s climate. The conference will also feature climatologists and scientists who are working to understand the impacts to the State of Texas and its water resources.

Sponsored by the River Systems Institute.Co-sponsored by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority; the Lower Colorado River Authority; Magnolia Charitable Trust; Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M University; University of Texas Environmental Sciences Institute; and the United States Geological Survey

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February 1 to July 31: Rivers of Texas
Exhibition
Southwestern Writers Collection • 7th floor, Alkek Library

In conjunction with this year’s Common Experience at Texas State, which features Goodbye to a River by John Graves as the text, the Southwestern Writers Collection is mounting Rivers of Texas, an exhibition that includes photographs, manuscripts, and artifacts from John Graves as well as several other Texas writers who have published work about the state’s rivers, from theSan Marcos to the Rio Grande, including Stephen Harrigan, Joe Nick Patoski, Jan Reid, and more.

Southwestern Writers Collection website: click here

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March 2 to August 8: Water: The Common Experience
Art exhibition
Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience

The Gallery of the Common Experience presents the art exhibit Water: The Common Experience. The exhibit will feature artwork from artists from several states and several countries, as well as selected student artwork. It will be on display through the end of Summer II.

Artists' reception Thursday, March 6, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Event poster: click here

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May

May 24 & May 31: KMFA 89.5 Film Score Focus—Water Music on Film
Music radio program
10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (encore) both days • 89.5 FM, KMFA radio in Austin

Film Score Focus is a weekly film music radio program on 89.5 KMFA in Austin, Texas. The show airs every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. with encore broadcasts airing at 7:00 p.m. Programs are also streamed live via the internet.

Live streaming audio: click here

Information on Film Score Focus—Water Music on Film: click here

Visit www.kmfa.org for more information.

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February 1 to July 31: Rivers of Texas
Exhibition
Southwestern Writers Collection • 7th floor, Alkek Library

In conjunction with this year’s Common Experience at Texas State, which features Goodbye to a River by John Graves as the text, the Southwestern Writers Collection is mounting Rivers of Texas, an exhibition that includes photographs, manuscripts, and artifacts from John Graves as well as several other Texas writers who have published work about the state’s rivers, from theSan Marcos to the Rio Grande, including Stephen Harrigan, Joe Nick Patoski, Jan Reid, and more.

Southwestern Writers Collection website: click here

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March 2 to August 8: Water: The Common Experience
Art exhibition
Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, the Gallery of Common Experience

The Gallery of the Common Experience presents the art exhibit Water: The Common Experience. The exhibit will feature artwork from artists from several states and several countries, as well as selected student artwork. It will be on display through the end of Summer II.

Artists' reception Thursday, March 6, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Event poster: click here

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