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2008-2009 Common Experience

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August

August 6
Community Welcome
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • San Marcos Area Neighborhoods

The City of San Marcos and Texas State University are co-sponsoring a Community Welcome in the North LBJ, Craddock, Sagewood, Cedar Grove, Sonora, Bishop Square, the Metropolitan Apartments, Hughson Court, and Crest street areas. Teams of police officers, city and university staff, student, and non-student residents will walk the area distributing ordinance information and welcoming new residents to the neighborhoods. University announcement: click here

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Yoichi Okamoto photo of LBJ
Yoichi Okamoto photo of LBJ

August 18 - September 25
LBJ: The White House Years
Joann Cole Mitte Art & Design • Gallery I & II
Opening Reception: August 29 • 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Photographs of Lyndon B. Johnson by famed photographer Yoichi Okamoto and his staff. Taken during Johnson's administration, these historic photographs offer a rare glimpse into the everyday life of our country’s 36th president and his cabinet during the White House years. This exhibition celebrates not only the centennial of Johnson's birth, but also the University's Common Experience topic for the year, Civic Responsibility and the Legacy of LBJ. In addition, Dr. Erina Duganne will present the lecture "LBJ's Photographic Legacy" on Wednesday, September 24, at 11:00 a.m. at JCM 2121. The traveling exhibition is on loan from the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin. Art and Design Exhibit Schedule website: click here

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Lyndont Nugent
Lyndon Nugent

August 23
New Student Convocation
5:30 p.m. • Strahan Coliseum
Kickoff event for the 2008-2009 academic year for new students. The main speaker for this year's convocation will be Lyndon Nugent, a San Antonio attorney and grandson of Lyndon Baines Johnson. A student picnic follows in Sewell Park.

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Young Lyndon Baines Johnson circa 1927
Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1927

August 24 (opening day)
"Remembering LBJ and His Legacy: Local Recollections - An Oral History Project"
2:00 p.m. • LBJ Museum of San Marcos • 131 North Guadalupe Street
Part of a collaboration between Texas State and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos. The end product of the collaboration will be an interactive exhibit at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, located on the court house square in downtown San Marcos. The exhibit will include audio clips, photographs, and other items evolving from a university-sponsored oral history project. The words and thoughts of Johnson-era San Marcos community leaders, area residents, Texas State alumni, and friends of the late President are being recorded and transcribed. Humanities Texas grant announcement: click here

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Welcome Home, Lyndon
Welcome Home, Lyndon

August 27 - November 7
Welcome Home, Lyndon: LBJ's Legacy in Cartoons and Photographs
Honors Coffee Forum • Lampasas 407 • The Gallery of the Common Experience

All are invited to an exhibit of photographs of LBJ in San Marcos and Central Texas, as well as political cartoons of his presidency. Gallery hours are 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. on Fridays. The Gallery of the Common Experience is sponsored by the University Honors Program and the Common Experience. For more information, contact the University Honors Program at 512.245.2266.

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August 29
LBJ Picnic for Faculty/Staff

President's House

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September

Nick Kotz
Nick Kotz

September 9
Nick Kotz
"Let Us Reason Together": LBJ and the Art of Persuasion
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Nick Kotz is the author of five previous books on politics, social justice, and the civil rights movement. A renowned journalist, he has received a Pulitzer Prize and a National Magazine Award. He has written a book on LBJ and MLK and will be speaking about civic responsibility in the context of civil rights. Weekend America interview: click here

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The Reverend Joseph Lowery
Rev. Joseph Lowery

September 11-14
16th Annual African American Leadership Conference
"Educate to Elevate: Our Civic Responsibility"
The mission of the conference is to lay a foundation for educational success of incoming and returning African American students by providing the opportunity for networking and learning. The conference is held each September to make a strong impact on students and ensure preparedness for their first semester. This year's keynote speaker will be the Rev. Joseph Lowery, who will speak Friday, September 12, at 2:00 p.m. at Evan Liberal Arts Auditorium. Official speaker biography: click here (pdf).

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September 13
Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off

3:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Sewell Park

Each year, the Latino Student Association and the Multicultural Student Affairs coordinate the Hispanic Heritage Month. The theme for this year’s celebration is "Community" and will focus on the importance of civic responsibility and public service in younger generations. The kick-off celebrates the beginning of a month-long schedule of film festivals, dinners and a speaking series. The events promote cultural diversity and celebrate the relationship between Texas State students and members of the local community.

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September 16
Volunteer Fair
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Texas State students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn about local volunteer and public service opportunities from dozens of San Marcos area non-profits, United Way of Hays County agencies, schools, and other organizations. Sponsored by the Student Volunteer Connection, the fair will feature booths, door prizes, entertainment, free food, and opportunities to connect with meaningful civic activities. For more information, call the Student Volunteer Connection at 512.245.1687, email the Student Volunteer Connection, or visit www.lbjsc.txstate.edu/svc

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September 16
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Take It to the Quad: Stump Speeches on Patriotism"

12:30 p.m. • The Quad

In Recognition of Constitution Day: Democracy, Patriotism, and the Constitution, with professor Jo Ann Carson and the Sophists & Sages.

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Turk Pipkin
Turk Pipkin

September 16
Turk Pipkin
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Turk Pipkin is a Texas original who has built a colorful and successful career as a writer and actor. Through his interviews with nine Nobel laureates, Pipkin’s documentary Nobelity focuses on the most pressing problems in our world today and how we can attempt to leave the planet a better place for our children and grandchildren. Everyone is invited to a reception to meet Pipkin on Tuesday, September 16, at 3:30 p.m. in Lampasas 407 (the Honors Coffee Forum). Austinist interview: click here  Event poster: click here (pdf)

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September 17
"Get Out the Vote" Party

Details to be announced.

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September 17
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Open Dialogue on Democracy, Patriotism, and the Constitution"

12:30 p.m. • Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

In Recognition of Constitution Day: Democracy, Patriotism, and the Constitution, with professor Vince Luizzi.

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September 17
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Is The Constitution Worth Keeping?"

3:30 p.m. • Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

In Recognition of Constitution Day, with professor professor Ken Ward, Department of Political Science.

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Film poster for Charlie Wilson's War
Charlie Wilson's War

September 17
"Join the Discourse" Event:
Politics of Film Series presents Charlie Wilson's War
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Film screening of Charlie Wilson's War (2007), starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. IMDb.com film listing: click here

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September 18
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Take It to the Quad: Stump Speeches on Patriotism"

12:30 p.m. • The Quad

In Recognition of Constitution Day: Democracy, Patriotism, and the Constitution, with professor Jo Ann Carson and the Sophists & Sages.

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September 23
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Political Power: Uses and Abuses"

12:30 p.m.
• Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
On the theme of LBJ and Civic Responsibility, with the Sophists & Sages.

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September 23
Leadership Luncheon Series: Effective Communication

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center room 3-13.1

The leadership luncheon series is designed for students to learn and actively engage in discussion on various topics regarding leadership. The ability to engage in effective communication affects how you impact and perceive others. This luncheon will be a discussion of effective communication techniques necessary to be a successful leader, such as recognizing stereotypes and personal biases. Contact Tori Amason for more information.

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September 24
Dr. Erina Duganne
"LBJ's Photographic Legacy"
11:00 a.m. • Joann Cole Mitte Art & Design 2121
Opening Reception: August 29 • 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the "LBJ: The White House Years" photo exhibit, Dr. Erina Duganne will present the lecture "LBJ's Photographic Legacy."

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September 25
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "The Great Society Then and Now"

12:30 p.m.
• Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
On the theme of LBJ and Civic Responsibility, with the Sophists & Sages.

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Presidential Election 2008
1st Presidential Debate

September 26
"Join the Discourse" Event: Presidential Debate

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center • Boko's Lounge

Department of Political Science faculty watch the first 2008 Presidential Debate with students.

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September 29
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Sustainability: A Holistic Vision for a Changing World"

2:00 p.m.
• Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
On the theme of The Global Village, with professor Vince Lopes, Department of Biology.

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September 30
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
"Books, Not Bombs: A Better Approach to Terrorism?"

12:30 p.m.
• Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
On the theme of The Global Village, with the Sophists & Sages.

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Still frame from the film Intimidad
Intimidad

September 30
Intimidad film screening
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

An 83-minute film screening of Intimidad will be followed by discussion with the filmmakers, Ashley Sabin and David Redmon, considering the civic responsibility of the artists. A reception and more conversation with the filmmakers will take place afterwards. Intimidad is an in-depth, poetic story of life on the Mexico/Texas border for Ceci and Camillo Ramirez and their daughter Loida in Reynosa, Mexico. As they follow their dream of building a financially secure life, they must also confront and embrace the reality of living in Reynosa—an industrial town that threatens to split the family apart. Sponsored by Multicultural Programs Committee, SADOC, University Honors Program, and the University Lecture Series. For more information, see the Intimidad website or contact Dr. Jon Lasser. A reception for filmmakers Ashley Sabin and David Redmon will be held from 3:00 to 4:00 at the Honors Coffee Forum in Lampasas Hall.

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October

October 1
Get Out the Vote 2008
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. • LBC Student Center Mall Area

Students should register to vote. Free t-shirts, buttons, and candidate information.

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Reception for Welcome Home, Lyndon
Reception for Welcome Home, Lyndon

October 1
Reception for Welcome Home, Lyndon: LBJ's Legacy in Cartoons and Photographs
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Honors Coffee Forum • Lampasas 407

Reception for Welcome Home, Lyndon: LBJ's Legacy in Cartoons and Photographs, with guest speaker Michael MacDonald, museum specialist from the LBJ Library, presenting "Legacy in Ink: Lyndon Johnson's Collection of Political Cartoons." Sponsored by the University Honors Program and the Common Experience. For more information, contact the University Honors Program at 512.245.2266. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Vice Presidential Debate
Vice Presidential Debate

October 2
"Join the Discourse" Event: Vice Presidential Debate

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center • Boko's Lounge

Department of Political Science faculty watch the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate with students.

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October 5
The Rhetorical Power and Legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson

1:00 p.m. • Centennial Hall G02

Dr. David Zarefsky, author of President Johnson's War on Poverty: Rhetoric and History. Sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies.

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October 6
The Rhetorical Power and Legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson

9:30 a.m. • LBJ Student Center • Room 3-14

Dr. Kathleen Turner, author of Lyndon Johnson's Dual War: Vietnam and the Press. Sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies.

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October 6
The Rhetorical Power and Legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson

11:00 a.m. • LBJ Student Center • Room 3-14

Dr. Garth Pauley, author of LBJ's American Promise. Sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies.

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Presidential Election 2008
2nd Presidential Debate

October 7
"Join the Discourse" Event: Presidential Debate

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center • Boko's Lounge

Department of Political Science faculty watch the second 2008 Presidential Debate with students.

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Goodbye Bafana movie poster
Goodbye Bafana

October 8
SACA Film Series: Goodbye Bafana
7:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Film screening of Goodbye Bafana (2007), starring Ralph Fiennes and Dennis Haysbert. The true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years—the prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela. IMDb.com film listing: click here

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October 11
San Marcos River Cleanup
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Beginning at San Marcos Lions Club

Student Volunteer Connection, in partnership with Parks and Recreations of San Marcos, will be co-sponsoring River Cleanup. This project helps clean the San Marcos River with activities including snorkeling for underwater retrieval of debris, canoeing to remove elephant ears and river hyacinth, and cleanup of trash and weeds beside the banks and parks along the San Marcos River. Breakfast and lunch will be provided along with DJ music for volunteers to enjoy. For more information, please contact the Student Volunteer Connection at svcoffice@txstate.edu, call 512.245.1687, or visit www.lbjsc.txstate.edu/svc

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John Bullion
John Bullion

October 13
John Bullion
"LBJ and Civic Responsibility"
6:00-8:00 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater

A former Texas State professor, John L. Bullion teaches American colonial history at the University of Missouri. He is the author of this year's Common Experience summer reading book, Lyndon B. Johnson and the Transformation of American Politics, part of the distinguished Pearson/Longman series, Library of American Biography. He is the featured speaker for the Taylor Lecture Series. Bullion has also written a memoir titled In the Boat with LBJ, which details some of the strategies his father developed while serving as one of Lyndon Johnson's tax attorneys and describes the time Bullion spent hunting deer on the LBJ ranch in December 1965. Official speaker biography: click here (pdf). Contact Dr. Mary Brennan for more information.

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October 14
Texas State Debate Team Presentation

Contact Wayne Kraemer for more information.

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Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo
Art Acevedo

October 14
Art Acevedo, Austin Police Chief
"Civic Responsibility in an Age of Conflict"
2:30pm - 3:30pm • LBJ Student Center 3-14.1.

Art Acevedo is the first Hispanic to lead the city's police force. He began his professional career with the California Highway Patrol and has over two decades of law enforcement experience. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration. This event is being sponsored by the Hispanic Policy Network, by the Department of Criminal Justice, and by Lamba Alpha Epsilon (LAE).

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Conversation on the Financial Crisis
Conversation on the Financial Crisis

October 14
Campus and Community Dialogue: "A Conversation about the Financial Crisis"

5:30 p.m.
• McCoy Hall 119
The Financial Management Association and the Student Economics Association of the McCoy College of Business Administration invite the campus and community to join them in a conversation on the current financial crisis. The event will be at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, October 14th in McCoy Hall 119. The featured speaker will be Alden M. Stout, Director of Credit Risk at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. He and faculty members from the McCoy College will engage in an interactive discussion with members of the audience. Event details: click here

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October 14
Mayor Susan Narvaiz and John Bullion
The Life and Legacy of LBJ
7:30 p.m. • San Marcos Public Library

Join Mayor Susan Narvaiz and John Bullion in sharing memories of "The Life and Legacy of LBJ." Sponsored by the San Marcos Public Library, the Common Experience, the University Honors Program, and the City of San Marcos. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Presidential Election 2008
3rd Presidential Debate

October 15
"Join the Discourse" Event: Presidential Debate

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center • Boko's Lounge

Department of Political Science faculty watch the third and final 2008 Presidential Debate with students.

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Ambassador Andrew Young
Andrew Young

October 21
Andrew Young
8:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Mall Area

The Honorable Andrew Young is an American civil rights activist and was a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A former U.S. congressman and mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, Young was the United States' first African-American ambassador to the United Nations. In the 1950s Young served as director of the youth division of the National Council of Churches and four decades later was elected to a term as president of the New York City-based ecumenical Council. Official speaker biography: click here (pdf)

► PHOTOS OF ANDREW YOUNG EVENT: CLICK HERE
STUDENT/COMMUNITY RESPONSES: CLICK HERE (pdf)
POST-ELECTION APPEARANCE ON THE COLBERT REPORT: CLICK HERE

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October 22
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Environmental Ethics and Enforcement"

11:00 a.m.
• Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
On the theme of Values and the New Axiological Age, with Jonas Rosenthal, Hays County Health Department.

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October 22
Leadership Luncheon Series: Leadership Styles

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center room 3-13.1

The leadership luncheon series is designed for students to learn and actively engage in discussion on various topics regarding leadership. There are various qualities of a leader and leadership styles, during this luncheon students will have the opportunity to discuss effective qualities of a leader, assess their own styles of leadership and find ways to enhance their leadership styles. Contact Tori Amason for more information.

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Civic Responsibility / Religious Responsibility
Civic Responsibility / Religious Responsibility

October 23
Civic Responsibility / Religious Responsibility
6:30 p.m. • H. L. Grant Catholic Student Center • 100 Concho Street

The event is designed to encourage students, faculty, and community members to learn how various faiths and local churches address the interconnection of civic and religious responsibility. The panel is timely in view of the upcoming elections, but the focus of discussion will center not on candidates or partisan issues but more broadly on the ways the faiths represented envision appropriate engagement in civic life. Panelists will include Pastor James Bouzard, Dr. Tim Lyles, Rev. Michael Miller, and Rev. Jonathan Niehaus. Texas State professors Mary Brennan and Ted Hindson will introduce and moderate the panel, respectively. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Film poster for Lions for Lambs
Lions for Lambs

October 23
"Join the Discourse" Event:
Politics of Film Series presents Lions for Lambs

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Film screening of Lions for Lambs (2007), starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Tom Cruise. IMDb.com film listing: click here

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Tim Wise
Tim Wise

October 28
Tim Wise
"Privilege and Responsibility"
6:00 p.m. • Evans Auditorium

Tim Wise is among the most respected antiracist writers and educators in the U.S., having spoken in 48 states and on over 400 college campuses. He has trained teachers as well as corporate, government, media, and law enforcement officials on methods for uprooting institutional racism, and he has contributed essays to over 20 books. His critically-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Priveleged Son, is currently taught at hundreds of colleges and high schools across the country. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Common Experience Committee. Official speaker biography: click here (pdf)

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October 29
Texas State Debate Team Presentation

Contact Wayne Kraemer for more information.

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November

November 4
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Speaking With Forked Tongue: Truth as a Political Casualty"

12:30 p.m.
• Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
On the theme of Truth, with the Sophists & Sages.

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Election Day
Election Party

November 4
"Join the Discourse" Event: Campus-wide Election Party

LBJ Student Center • George's

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Freedom Writers movie poster
Freedom Writers

November 5
SACA Film Series: Freedom Writers
7:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Film screening of Freedom Writers (2007), starring Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, and Scott Glenn. A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. IMDb.com film listing: click here

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The Dead Presidents Club
The Dead Presidents' Club

November 5 - 9
The Dead Presidents' Club
Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. • Sunday at 2:00 p.m. • Evans Auditorium

The Dead Presidents' Club, a play by Larry L. King. In a post-existence barracks, Calvin Coolidge, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon are detained and scrutinized by a delegation of prissy saints charged with determining their eternal fate. The play's straightforward premise allows for lighthearted exploration of the strengths and foibles of each of these diverse national characters.

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November 6
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Philosophy with a Hammer: Nietzsche on Truth"

12:30 p.m.
• Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
On the theme of Truth, with the Sophists & Sages.

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November 11
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Existence and the World of Freedom"

12:30 p.m.
• Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
On the theme of Existence and Transcendence, with the Sophists & Sages.

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Learning the Language
Learning the Language

November 13
Learning the Language: Poems of Growth and Education

6:00 p.m.
Music • 7:00 p.m. Poetry • Lampasas 407
An evening of original works of poetry read by authors John Blair, Cyrus Cassells, Roger Jones, Kathleen Peirce, Miles Wilson, and Steve Wilson.  The event will begin with guitarist David Conger and refreshments will be served. The readings explore the Common Experience theme of Civic Responsibility and the Legacy of LBJ. Sponsored by the Department of English, University Honors Program, and the Common Experience. Contact the University Honors Program at honors@txstate.edu for more information. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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November 16 - 22
Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week

Student Volunteer Connection will be organizing several events to help including a catered "hunger" banquet that will emphasize poverty and its impact on our society, a canned food drive, a "swipe your card" day to donate meal trade funds to the local homeless shelter, and a bake sale. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an effort to create an awareness among the San Marcos and Texas State communities regarding the prevalence of Hunger and Homelessness in America. For more information, please contact the Student Volunteer Connection at svcoffice@txstate.edu, visit www.lbjsc.txstate.edu/svc, or call call 512.245.1687. National website: click here

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12 Angry Men movie poster
12 Angry Men

November 17
SACA Film Series: 12 Angry Men
7:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Film screening of 12 Angry Men (1957), starring Henry Fonda and Jack Klugman. A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court. IMDb.com film listing: click here

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November 18
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
"The Hippocratic Oath and Modern Medicine: Does It Really 'Do No Harm'?"

12:30 p.m.
• Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
On the theme of Philosophy and the Healing Arts, with the Sophists & Sages.

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November 18
Leadership Luncheon Series: Credibility in Leadership

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center room 3-13.1

The leadership luncheon series is designed for students to learn and actively engage in discussion on various topics regarding leadership. Credibility plays an essential role in effective leadership. Students can learn how to increase their credibility and effectiveness as leaders and how to regain their credibility if it is lost. Contact Tori Amason for more information.

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November 24
"Civic Repsonsibility and Reasonable Accomodation for the Blind Musician:
Minor Adjustments = Major Impact for All Collegiate Music Students"
8:00 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater

In the summer of 2007, a research study was conducted to explore methods for instruction of essential musical concepts to blind music students in the undergraduate music program, with the goal to improve teaching methods so that these students are more able to participate equally in the academic music environment. Two major groups of students were evaluated (one group of blind study participants and one classroom of sighted students), and empirical data demonstrated clearly that by making small changes in the way information was explained provided an encouraging increase in both individual and overall retention, cognition and abstract application of concepts taught—for both groups. This presentation by Ms. Lauren Morgan will summarize the study, its results, the application of results to the classroom, conclusions and a demosntration of methodological changes, as well as providing the opportunity for discussion.

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December


January

January 19
Martin Luther King Day
See individual event dates, times, and venues below.

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Beginning January 19
LBJ - MLK Crossroads Project
10:00 a.m. • Hays County Courthouse

the City of San Marcos will celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday by gathering at the Hays County Court House for a proclamation, speeches, and songs. Those gathered at the courthouse will march to the corner of LBJ and MLK Drives, where a city council member and county commissioner will unveil a sign at the future location of the LBJ-MLK Commemorative Monument. In addition, at the Texas State MLK celebration on January 22, Councilman Chris Jones will read the same proclamation at the keynote program as a way to connect the event to campus and the Common Experience. Detailed announcement: click here

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Border-in-Sight
Border-in-Sight

January 20 - April 10
Border-in-Sight photography exhibit
Honors Coffee Forum • Lampasas 407 • The Gallery of the Common Experience

The Border-in-Sight exhibit combines three photography projects that document the lives of children and their families living along geo/political borders, most between the U.S. and Mexico. For two of these projects, "Children of the Colonias Project: Through Our Own Lenses," by Dr. Jaime Chahin, Dean of Applied Arts, and "The Borderland Youth Documentary Project," by Jason Reed, Associate Professor of Photography, children were given their own cameras to share their worlds.  The third presents images from 15 years of Austin documentary photographer, Alan Pogue's, "America's Migrant Farmworkers."  Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Gallery of the Common Experience is sponsored by the University Honors Program, the Texas State Parent Association, and the Common Experience. For more information, contact the University Honors Program at 512.245.2266

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 22
24th Annual MLK Celebration • "Let It Ring: Our Civic Responsibility Resonating to All"
March and Speech
6:00 p.m. • Events beginning at Old Main
A march starting from Old Main and ending in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater with guest speaker Valerie Bridgeman Davis, a womanist poet from rural Alabama. This event is free and open to the Texas State and San Marcos communities.

► PHOTOS OF MLK CELEBRATION EVENTS: CLICK HERE

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January 23
24th Annual MLK Celebration • "Let It Ring: Our Civic Responsibility Resonating to All"
Community service project at Hernandez Intermediate School
Details to be announced.

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January 24
24th Annual MLK Celebration • "Let It Ring: Our Civic Responsibility Resonating to All"
Dinner Theater
6:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom
This dinner theater is a semi-formal event. Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefitting the Women's Shelter. This event is open to the Texas State and San Marcos communities.

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January 25
24th Annual MLK Celebration • "Let It Ring: Our Civic Responsibility Resonating to All"
Sunday Prayer Breakfast
8:30 a.m. • Location TBA
A Sunday prayer breakfast and church service organized by the MLK Planning Committee. This event is free and open to the Texas State and San Marcos communities.

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January 27
Leadership Luncheon Series: Leadership That Matters

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center room 3-13.1

The leadership luncheon series is designed for students to learn and actively engage in discussion on various topics regarding leadership. Contact Tori Amason for more information.

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January 27
24th Annual MLK Celebration • "Let It Ring: Our Civic Responsibility Resonating to All"
Game Night
6:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center room 3-15.1
A game night sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). This event is free and open to the Texas State and San Marcos communities.

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February

Dan Morgenstern
Dan Morgenstern

February 5
"Jazz and the National Endowment for the Arts: The Early Years"
8:00pm • Alkek Teaching Theater

This lecture will focus on the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) by President Lyndon B. Johnson and the U.S. Congress in 1965. The support of Jazz music during the early years of the NEA will also be dicussed. The speaker, the internationally renowned jazz scholar Dan Morgenstern, was the former editor of the Downbeat magazine, a 7-time Grammy Award Winner for program notes, and a 2007 NEA Jazz Master. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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February 6 - 7
Eddie Durham Jazz Festival
City of San Marcos

Details to be announced.

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Have a Heart for Hospice
Have a Heart for Hospice

February 9
Have a Heart for Hospice
Valentine Luncheon • Guest Speaker: Luci Baines Johnson
11:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m. • Embassy Suites Hotel, San Marcos

This event raises funds to support the CMTC Hospice special projects and programs. Guest speaker will be Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Please be a part of this worthwhile endeavor through the various sponsorship & underwriting opportunities. CTMC Hospice Care, a department of Central Texas Medical Center, was established in 1991 for the purpose of caring for those with terminal illness and their families.  Hospice provides physical, emotional, and spiritual care by a team of compassionate health professionals for those dying from cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiac, and other terminal illnesses.  The goal of hospice care is to ensure a comfortable and peaceful death with dignity, and respect. Event information and sponsorship form (pdf): click here

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February 9
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Bernard Williams and Business Ethics
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1:00 p.m. • Psychology 132

Professor Pepe Chang, University of Texas at San Antonio, Business.

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February 9
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "LBJ's Legacy: The Johnson-Obama Connection
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2:00 p.m. • Psychology 132

Professor Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy).

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Corey Ciocchetti
Corey Ciocchetti

February 9
Corey Ciocchetti

5:30 p.m. • McCoy 119
Professor Corey Ciocchetti from the University of Denver will be featured as a McCoy Student Development Fund keynote speaker kicking off the Business Leadership Forum. His topic will be "Chasing Real Rabbits: Leading an Authentic Life." Speaker biography: click here

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February 10
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Presidents and Philosophers Part I: The Founders
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12:30 p.m. • Psychology 132

Sophists and Sages, Dialogue Class.

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February 11
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Ethics in Public Administration & Government
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12:30 p.m. • Psychology 132

Charlie Zech, J.D., M.P.A. (Denton, Navarro, Rocha, and Bernal), the Marvin O. Teague Lecture in Applied Jurisprudence.

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February 12
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Presidents and Philosophers Part II: Lincoln to Obama
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12:30 p.m. • Psychology 132

Sophists and Sages, Dialogue Class.

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February 13
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Friday Dialogues on Sustainability: "Political, Ethical and Aesthetic Issues and Sustainability
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10:00 a.m. • Psychology 132

Professor Craig Hanks (Philosophy).

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Patrick Carroll
Patrick Carroll

February 16
Patrick Carroll: "LBJ and the Felix Longoria Controversy:
Loyalty, Patriotism, Honor, Courage, and Pragmatism"
6:30 p.m. • Taylor-Murphy History 101

Dr. Patrick Carroll, professor of history at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the author of The Wake of Félix Longoria: Bereavement, Racism, and the Rise of Mexican American Activism, will explore the risks LBJ took in involving himself in the Longoria dispute so soon after his disputed senatorial election and his arrangements for Felix Longoria’s burial ceremony at Arlington National cemetery. These themes and the state, national, and international pressures on LBJ that went with them, provide insights into Johnson’s attitudes toward and relationship with the South Texas Tejano community.

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The Great Debaters
The Great Debaters

February 24
The Great Debaters film sceening
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater 4-16.1

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. IMDb.com film lisiting: click here

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February 25
Leadership Luncheon Series: Diversity in Leadership

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center room 3-13.1

The leadership luncheon series is designed for students to learn and actively engage in discussion on various topics regarding leadership. Contact Tori Amason for more information.

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James E. Young
James E. Young

February 26
(Title TBD) Presentation on Public Memorials
such as the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and the 9/11 Memorial in NYC

3:30 p.m. • Alkek Library, 5th Floor

James E. Young, Professor and Chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will discuss his participation on the design committees for the Holocaust Memorial recently constructed in Berlin and the 9/11 memorial under construction in New York City. He will speak on issues related to the design of public memorials and the national memory of traumatic events. The lecture will be followed by book signing.

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March

March 3
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama
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12:30 p.m. • Psychology 132

Spencer Crowl, Alexa Hansson.

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March 6
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Friday Dialogues on Sustainability: "Sustainability, Ethics, and Justice
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10:00 a.m. • Psychology 132

Professor Vince Luizzi (Philosophy).

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March 7
Texas State Leadership Exchange: "Leading with Integrity (Super Heroes)
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9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

A one-day leadership conference, free and open to all students. Contact Tori Amason for more information. Contact Lisa Furler to register.

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March 7
24th Annual Great Texas River Clean Up
10:00 a.m. • Registration begins at City Park Recreation Hall / Lions Club Tube Rental

Snorkelers, swimmers, canoeists, and bank walkers are invited to join in the event to keep our popular spring-fed San Marcos River clean. Downstream river cleaners will be meeting at 8:30 and 9:00 at different sites. Please check the Texas Rivers website for further details. Morning breakfast tacos and hamburgers at noon will be served by LULAC 4876. The event is sponsored by the Texas Rivers Protection Association, San Marcos River Foundation, and the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department. For additional information please call Melani Howard at the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department at 512.393.8400.

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March 9
Philosophy Dialogue Series: Humanities Texas Lecture
"Ethics and Sustainability
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Dialogue: 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room, Psychology 132
Public Lecture: 12:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Professor Lisa Newton (Applied Philosophy, Fairfield University).

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March 11
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Peter Singer and Tom Regan: A Comparison of Animal Rights Positions
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11:00 a.m. • Psychology 132

Professor Paul Wilson (Philosophy).

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March 12
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Do Animals Have Rights? A Debate
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12:30 p.m. • Psychology 132

Lance Duncan, J.C. Lloyd, Justin Wassik (Dialogue Class).

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March 12
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Reflections on the Rights of Animals
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2:30 p.m. • Psychology 132

Jenny Jarrard (Student, Honors Program).

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A Time to Break Silence
A Time to Break Silence

March 12
"A Time to Break Silence:
Juilliard Rejoins Texas State for a Common Experience in the Arts
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A Multi-Disciplinary Concert Performance, Directed by Wayne Oquin, Juilliard School
8:00 p.m. • Evans Auditorium • free admission

Returning to the Texas State campus are twelve of the Juilliard School’s best musicians, dancers, and actors in collaboration with outstanding performers of Texas State University. This third annual multi-disciplinary Juilliard art event will present theatrical scenes, monologues, original choreography, and music by well-known composers such as Isaac Albéniz, György Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis, and Dmitri Shostakovich. The Texas State University Chorale under the direction of Dr. Joey Martin will be performing a composition by Wayne Oquin for SATB chorus with an original dance choreography by Juilliard dancers. Another highlight of the evening will be the performance of A Time to Break Silence: Songs Inspired by the Words and Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. for baritone and piano (2007) by Texas State alumnus Wayne Oquin (Music / Philosophy '99), who recently completed his doctorate at Juilliard and is now a member of its faculty. The program will also include monologues based on texts by LBJ as well as by MLK. For more information, call the University Seminar office at 512.245.7952, University Honors Program at 512.245.2266, or email Dr. Nico Schuler at nico.schuler@txstate.edu. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Opening Reception for Border-in-Sight
Opening Reception for Border-in-Sight

March 23
Opening Reception for Border-in-Sight photography exhibit
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. • Honors Coffee Forum • Lampasas 407

Opening reception for Border-in-Sight with talks by Dr. Jaime Chahin, Jason Reed and Alan Pogue. The Gallery of the Common Experience is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the University Honors Program, the Texas State Parent Association, and the Common Experience. For more information, contact the University Honors Program at 512.245.2266. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Artist Call: Response Ability
Artist Call: Response Ability

March 23 - April 3
Artist Call: Response Ability
Challenging Artists to respond to the theme "Civic Responsibility"

Submit 2D (prepared for hanging) or 3D media (inquire about available space
first) to the University Honors Program, Gallery of the Common Experience,
Lampasas 407. Deadline: 5:00 p.m. April 3.  For more information, contact Linda
Kelsey-Jones at lk10@txstate.edu. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Tournées International Film Festival and Symposium
Tournées International Film Festival and Symposium

March 23 - April 9
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium:
Filmmaking and Civic Responsibility
(See individual event dates, times, and venues below)

This year’s Common Experience theme—"Civic Responsibility and the Legacy of LBJ"—has developed into a campus-wide discussion on social participation as integral to the democratic process. In an effort to add a multi-cultural perspective on the subject, the Department of Modern Languages presents the 2009 Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium. The festival will feature films in French, German, and Spanish that offer a view on civic responsibility as defined by the cultures of different Francophone, Germanophone, and Spanish-speaking countries and regions. Sponsored by the Equity and Access Office, the University Lecturers Committee, the Common Experience, the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) and the Department of Modern Languages. All events are free and open to the public. Event poster with schedule: click here (pdf). Complete details and schedule: click here (pdf)

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March 23
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium

Screening: "The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon," "The Invisible Chapel,"
"One Border One Body," John Carlos Frey
3:15-5:20 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater (GO2)
In this series of documentaries that present the untold side of the immigration debate, filmmaker John Carlos Frey captures the daily struggles, triumphs and spirit of the undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the shadows of American society, while working amongst some of the wealthiest regions of America.

Welcome Address, Lecture and Q&A Session: "Civic Responsibility in Latino Films," John Carlos Frey, Dr. Heather Galloway, Director of University Honors Program
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. • Alkek Library Teaching Theater

Screening: "1979 Miles" (working title) with director John Carlos Frey
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. • Alkek Library Teaching Theater
John Carlos Frey's latest film examines the construction of the new fence along our southern border with Mexico. Every year hundreds of undocumented immigrants die attempting to cross this border. Are these deaths a direct result of our immigration policy?

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March 24
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Round Table I: "On Hiroshima" (Honors Students/Ulrich Bach, Texas State)
9:45 - 11:00 a.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2

Round Table II: "Filmmaking as Political Involvement" (Jeffrey Dell, Craig Hanks, Ana Juarez, Sergio Martinez, Texas State; Carla Calarge, University of Texas-Pan American)
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2

Screening: "The Forgotten Americans," Hector Galan
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2
In America, colonias, the Spanish word for neighborhoods, have come to describe rows of "crudely constructed shacks that are little more than a patchwork of old boards and cardboard," according to one resident. These single or double room dwellings were placed on land that was never registered with any city or county. As a result, these communities exist without fundamental services such as water and electricity.

Round Table III: "Filmmakers on Political Involvement" (Jaime Chahin, Chris Eska, John Carlos Frey, Hector Galan, Federico Subervi)
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2

Screening: "August Evening," Chris Eska
5:15-7:30 p.m. • Alkek Library Teaching Theater

"August Evening" follows an aging undocumented farm worker named Jaime and his young, widowed daughter-in-law, Lupe, as their lives are thrown into upheaval. Lupe is more of a daughter to Jaime than his own children, and the two try to stick together but change is inevitable.  At the heart of the story is the conflict between generations—one among many challenges.

Lecture and Q&A Session: "The Making of 'August Evening'," Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Chris Eska
7:30 - 8:15 p.m. • Alkek Library Teaching Theater

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March 24
Leadership Luncheon Series: Renewing Your Leadership

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center room 3-13.1

The leadership luncheon series is designed for students to learn and actively engage in discussion on various topics regarding leadership. Contact Tori Amason for more information.

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March 24
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "No Excuses: Existentialism and Radical Freedom
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12:30 p.m. • Psychology 132

Zachary Hamilton, Katie Rompel (Dialogue Class).

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Senator Robert Krueger
Senator Robert Krueger

March 24
Senator Robert Krueger and Jean-Marie Ngendahay
"Genocide and the Peace Process in Burundi"
2:00 p.m. • Psychology 132

This is the first of two Texas State events this day featuring former Senator Robert Krueger and Jean-Marie Ngendahayo, currently scholar-in-residence at Texas Lutheran University. Krueger served in Congress, the U.S. Senate, and as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Burundi, and Bostwana. Ngendahayo has been Minister of Communications, Foreign Minister, and Member of Parliament in Burundi, and has also worked with President Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Krueger and Ngendahayo will jointly discuss their work in Burundi in the 1990s. The event is a Philosophy Department Dialogue Series session, and a reception sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts will follow at approximately 3:15 p.m.

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March 24
"Religion and Ethnicity: A Panel Discussion"
7:00 p.m. • Centennial 157

One of a series of panel discussions in the Religious Diversity Series, the panel will discuss the intersections of religion, ethnic identity, human rights, and the nation-state. Panelists: Robert Krueger, former U.S. Senator, Texas; Amjad Mohammad, Arabic Language Coordinator, Texas State; Jean-Marie Ngendahayo, Scholar-in-Residence, Texas Lutheran University; Leah Renold, History, Texas State. Moderator: Rebecca Raphael, Philosophy, Texas State. Sponsored by Equity and Access, the College of Liberal Arts, the Departments of English, History, Philosophy, and Psychology, and the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies.

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Milk
Milk

March 24
SACA Film Series: Milk
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. Contact Nora Cavazos for more information. IMDb.com film lisiting: click here

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March 25
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Screening: "Lili and the Baobab," Chantal Richard
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2
A fictional film in which a young journalist helps change the customs of a Senegalese village she had visited during a job assignment. Through her compassion and determination, Lili makes it possible for her African alter ego and her fatherless newborn son to remain in Agnam without being ostracized. Moderator: Rebecca Bell-Metereau (Texas State).

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March 26
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Existentialism Today: A Panel Discussion
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12:30 p.m. • Psychology 132

Professors Tom Grimes (Mass Communication), Jeff Gordon and Vince Luizzi (Philosophy). Moderators: Stephen Laurence and Sam Walker (Philosophy Students).

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March 26
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Screening: "Frantz Fanon," Cheikh Djemaï
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2
A documentary based on the life of "one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century," this film explores Fanon's radical politics and civic engagement during and after the Algerian war of independence. A doctor secretly aiding the rebels, Fanon cared for victims and perpetrators alike, while producing the case notes that would illustrate his influential books on the psychic traumas of colonial war. Moderators: Tanya Weimer, Moira DiMauro-Jackson (Texas State).

Screening: "The Edukators," Hans Weingartner
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO1

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March 27
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Friday Dialogues on Sustainability: "Organic, Locally Grown, Genetically Modified?"

10:00 a.m. • Psychology 132

Professors B.J. Friedman and Sylvia Crixell (Family and Consumer Science).

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March 30
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Screening: "The Edukators," Hans Weingartner
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2
Anti-capitalist activists spend their nights "educating" upper-class people by breaking into their empty houses, moving furniture around, and leaving notes that say "Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" (the days of plenty are over), the film's original title in German. After they encounter a businessman in his home though, they have to devise a kidnapping plot. Moderator: Michael Conner (Texas State).

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March 31
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Screening: "Beach of Greyhounds," Mario Camus
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2
The quiet life of Martin, a baker who cares for abandoned greyhounds in his free time, is altered by the search for his younger brother, a member of ETA (the illegal paramilitary Basque separatist group), whose life in hiding exemplifies the psychological consequences of violence on those who perform it. Moderators: Ane Gamechogoicoechea Llopis and Maria Diocares (Texas State).

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Gina Loring
Gina Loring

March 31
Gina Loring
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Gina Loring is an internationally acclaimed slam poet, hip hop artist, political activist, and actor. She will be accompanied by L.A.'s premier beatboxer, Joshua Silverstein. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April

April 1
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Screening: "Terror's Advocate," Barbet Schroeder
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2

A documentary in which Barbet Schroeder explores the controversial career of French lawyer Jacques Vergès, who represented anti-colonialist activists and state terrorists, before taking on the defense of Nazi officer Klaus Barbie. According to Alan Riding from The New York Times, the film offers "a fascinating account of terrorism as a political weapon since Algeria began its fight for independence from France in the 1950s." Moderator: Carole Martin (Texas State).

Screening: "Beach of Greyhounds," Mario Camus
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO1

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April 1
SACA collaboration with African Student Organization: "Taste of Africa"
Time and venue TBA
Details to be announced.

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April 2
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Screening: "The Violin," Francisco Vargas
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2
A story of guerrilla resistance in Mexico that slowly gathers the force of myth: a remote village is seized by the military, who torture certain campesinos in order to discover the whereabouts of an ammunition cache. A humble musician, Genaro, tries to reach his kidnapped wife and child, while his aged father entertains the army captain with his violin-playing, secretly plotting to recover the weapons for the resistance. Moderator: Miriam Echeverria (Texas State).

Screening: "Vladimir in Buenos Aires," Diego Gachassin
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO1

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April 3
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Keynote Address: "Ecological Citizenship and Environmental Art
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1:00 p.m. • Psychology 132

Jason Simus, University of North Texas, Department of Philosophy and Religion.

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Students in the Community for Bobcat Build
Bobcat Build

April 4
Bobcat Build
San Marcos Community

Bobcat Build, the largest service day and one of the newest traditions at Texas State, brings together more than 3,200 students every April for a day of civic responsibility and building relationships in the spirit of the university's most famous alum, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Students volunteer to help non-student residents all day long, from public service activities such as neighborhood clean-ups, painting, and landscaping jobs to school projects and assisting United Way of Hays County agencies as part of a big "thank you" to the San Marcos community. For more information, email Kim Porterfield, call 512.245.9645, or visit www.txstate.edu/community

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April 6
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "The On-Going Financial Crisis: Consumer Overindulgence Meets Banks' Predatory Practices
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12:30 p.m. • Psychology 132

Professor Jose Trinidad (Finance and Economics), the Allen Bates Memorial Lecture.

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April 6
"Dissent and Reflection": A Lecture by Lauren Morgan

6:00 p.m. • Music Building Recital Hall

A lecture-recital on one citizen's response to cultural expectation and civil disobedience. With soprano Cheryl Parrish and pianist Dr. John C. Schmidt.

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April 6
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Screening: "Her Name Is Sabine," Sandrine Bonnaire
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2

Directed by famous French actress Sandrine Bonnaire, who has filmed her autistic and closest sister, Sabine, over a period of 25 years, the narrative examines the mental and emotional aspects of autism, while exposing its inadequate care structures. The director's rage against the lack of proper care for those with physical and psychological disabilities sends out an urgent message to our oblivious society. Moderator: Diann McCabe (Texas State).

Screening: "The Violin," Francisco Vargas
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO1

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Apollo Astronaut Charles Duke
Apollo Astronaut Charles Duke

April 7
Charles Duke
"The Adventure of the Apollo Moon Landings"
6:30 p.m. • Flowers Hall 341

General Charles Duke, Jr. is a retired astronaut who served as the lunar module pilot during the Apollo 16 mission in April 1972. He is also the author of the book Moonwalker. The lecture is made possible by an award from the University Lecturers Committee. Sponsored by the History Department and Phi Alpha Theta. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture. NASA biography: click here. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April 7
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Screening: "Vladimir in Buenos Aires," Diego Gachassin
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2

A Russian immigrant arrives in Argentina during their own economic crisis. Vladmir tries to use the current conditions to his advantage, offering his services as an architect, with a plan to create affordable, co-op style housing. When he is unable to convince the government of the utility of his plan, he launches a two pronged attack at both the corruption of the government and by implementing his plan in an abandoned building. Moderator: Edward Mihalkanin (Texas State).

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April 8
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Screening: "Heartbeat Detector," Nicolas Klotz
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2

A fictional film about a human resource manager who accidently finds out how his company was involved in the Holocaust. Overwhelmed by what he learns, he brings up questions regarding today’s society and the structures of big business in relationship to fascism, especially as they relate to his own job (hiring and laying-off employees, when they are no longer useful). Moderator: Valentina Glajar (German).

Screening: "I Am Guilty," Christoph Hochhaüsler
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO1

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April 9
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "America the Profligate
"
12:30 p.m. • Psychology 132

Bryan Lewis, Chris Mullins (Dialogue Class).

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April 9
Tournées International Film Festival & Symposium
Screening: "I Am Guilty," Christoph Hochhausler
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO2
A portrayal of completely disaffected (or perhaps more accurately disinterested) youth in the world, Armin exemplifies all the qualities so-called experts have associated with American youth through the years: uncaring, uninspired, moody, alienated. Had it ever occurred to anyone these were not uniquely American qualities? "I Am Guilty" takes that stance, rather successfully. Moderator: Ulrich Bach (Texas State).

Screening: "The Forgotten Americans," Hector Galan
6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater, GO1

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April 10
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Friday Dialogues on Sustainability: "Coastal/Marine Water Resources and Sustainability
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10:00 a.m. • Psychology 132

Professor Warren Pullich, (Biology).

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Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb
Luci Baines Johnson
and Lynda Johnson Robb

April 14
Lyndon B. Johnson Distinguished Lecture:
Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb
5:30 p.m. • Evans Auditorium

Sisters Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb, daughters of the 36th president, will give the Lyndon B. Johnson Distinguished Lecture, moderated by former LBJ Library Curator Harry Middleton and Texas State President Emeritus Bob Hardesty, at 5:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. The event is open to the public free of charge.

► VIDEO OF LBJ LECTURE / DISCUSSION EVENT: CLICK HERE

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Dr. Jeffrey Chell
Dr. Jeffrey Chell

April 15
Dr. Jeffrey Chell
"Be the Match: Blood and Marrow Transplants"
7:00 p.m. • J.C. Kellum Building, 11th Floor

Dr. Jeffrey Chell, CEO of the National Marrow Donor Program, will speak during the Texas State University-San Marcos Cancer Awareness Month and Community Outreach. A reception will precede the event beginning at 6:15 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public. Texas State, the City of San Marcos, Hays County and San Marcos CISD have all declared April as Cancer Awareness Month. Anyone between the ages of 18 to 60 years old and in general good health can join the Be the Match registry. Marrow drives will be held on the Quad at Texas State from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13-16. Donors complete a registration form and swab themselves for cheek cells to become marrow donor registrants. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Relay for Life
Relay for Life

April 17 - 18
Relay for Life

April 17 at 7:00 p.m. to April 18 at 7:00 a.m. • Bobcat Stadium

As part of the Common Experience's "civic responsibilty" theme, Texas State University's Relay for Life is an overnight event in which teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment.  The funds raised at Relay save lives by funding cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and life-affirming patient services. For more information, email Sarah or Shannon at txstaterelayforlife@yahoo.com. Official website: click here

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Voices of Iraq
Voices of Iraq

April 20
Voices of Iraq film sceening
7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater 4-16.1

Filmed and directed by the Iraqis themselves—thousands of them, from all walks of life, all over their country. The producers, who distributed more than 150 digital video cameras across the country, condensed more than 400 hours of footage into an unprecedented, and startling, look at life in a war zone. A new genre of filmmaking. IMDb.com film lisiting: click here. Event poster: click here

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April 21
Leadership Luncheon Series: Teambuilding

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center room 3-13.1

The leadership luncheon series is designed for students to learn and actively engage in discussion on various topics regarding leadership. Contact Tori Amason for more information.

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3rd Annual Aquarena Earth Day Celebration
3rd Annual Aquarena Earth Day Celebration

April 25
3rd Annual Aquarena Earth Day Celebration

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • San Marcos Springs

The River Systems Institute and Aquarena Center are excited to announce that the 3nd Annual Aquarena Earth Day Festival at the San Marcos Springs. The celebration strives to raise awareness of nature’s virtues, promote citizen stewardship through volunteer service, and to have fun. This year’s event will include a blessing of the springs, distinguished speakers, educational booths, live music, regional food and vendor booths, recreational activities, and more. Recreational activities include glass-bottom kayak tours, and $2 off of a glass-bottom boat tour with a contribution of 10 aluminum cans. The Indigenous Cultures Institute will provide a Native American musical experience through their Songs of the Seven Directions performances. Partially sponsored by the Indigenous Cultures Institute, The Environmental Service Committee, the City of San Marcos, and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. For more information, visit aquarena.txstate.edu or email dl15@txstate.edu.

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April 28
Music in the Theresienstadt Nazi Concentration Camp (Terezin)
A Lecture by Anke Zimmermann

8:00 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater

The German musicologist Anke Zimmermann will present a lecture on music in the Nazi Concentration Camp Terezin. The lecture is directed at a general audience with no specific music background. The event is free and open to the public.

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