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August

Spirituality and Aging
Spirituality and Aging

August 19 - 21
Symposium: "Spirituality and Aging: The Journey of Life"

Embassy Suites of San Marcos

"Spirituality and Aging: The Journey of Life," presented by the Texas Long Term Care Institute of Texas State¹s College of Health Professions, will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos. Sixteen nationally recognized speakers will cover legal and ethical aspects of incapacity, professional guardianship, challenges of spiritual elder care, the Alzheimer's journey, holistic nursing in the 21st century, balancing care giving and self care, dance therapy, spirituality and ethics, managing pain and suffering, and more. Conference hosts are Oren Renick, professor of health administration at Texas State; Ruth Welborn, dean of the College of Health Professions at Texas State; and Jan McCann, director of the Texas Long Term Care Institute. For further information and for conference registration materials, call the Texas Long Term Care Institute at 512.245.8234. Additional information and registration forms are also available online at http://ltc-institute.health.txstate.edu/

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Dr. Joseph Brown
Dr. Joseph Brown

August 22
New Student Convocation with Dr. Joseph L. Brown

Saturday • 5:30 p.m. • Strahan Coliseum

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Applying to Grad School
Applying to Grad School

August 28
Using the Whole Mind in Applying to Grad School:
Workshop with Dr. Joseph L. Brown, Texas State Alumnus

Friday • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. • Chemistry 100

How does graduate study differ from undergraduate study and how can understanding this can help me prepare stronger, more effective grad applications? Why would I want to get a Ph.D.? How do I select programs? How many should I apply to? Should I contact faculty at the grad programs I intend to apply to? How should I contact faculty? What questions should I ask? How does the admissions process work, what are faculty looking for? How can I avoid paying for my Ph.D.? How do I deal with blemishes in my academic career (a so-so GPA, mediocre GRE scores, or not enough research experience) and still get into a good graduate program? Answer the questions that have been on your mind with Joseph L. Brown, Ph.D., Graduate Diversity Recruiting Officer for the School of Humanities and Sciences and lecturer in the department of psychology at Stanford University. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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BODYLANGUAGECOLLABORATE
BODY LANGUAGE COLLABORATE

August 28 & 29
Performance: "BODYLANGUAGECOLLABORATE"
Friday & Satuday • 7:30 p.m. • Evans Auditorium

"BODYLANGUAGECOLLABORATE" combines the use of language through poetry and movement through dance in order to explore interwoven complexities of the mind and body. The search for the source of collaborative imagination is featured in performances from the Realm Dance Project, as well as choreography and dance from Texas State Dance faculty and students. The performances interpret poems from Texas State MFA Poetry faculty Cyrus Cassels, Roger Jones, Kathleen Peirce, and Steve Wilson, along with several MFA Poetry students. The show will last for approximately one hour. For further information email Stacy Christie at lc1184@txstate.edu

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September

A Buddhist's View of Mind
A Buddhist's View of Mind

September 3
A Buddhist's View of Mind: Teachings on Compassion and Wisdom

Thursday • 7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center 3-3.1

Buddhism is about discovering our own true nature: joy, insight and the spontaneous ability to help ourselves and others. Come get an introduction into using these timeless methods in our busy modern lives. A traveling teacher of the Karma Kagyu (Diamond Way) Buddhist tradition will give a lecture about Buddha's teachings of Compassion and Wisdom. A guided meditation will follow the lecture. All are welcome to attend; no prior experience with Buddhism is necessary. For further information email Angelika Fuller at af1256@txstate.edu or visit www.diamondway.org/sanmarcos. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Artists Respond: with HOPE
Artists Respond: with HOPE

September 9
Artists Respond: with HOPE* 
Wednesday • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Lampasas 407 • Gallery of the Common Experience

The exhibit will be on display from August 1 through October 2 and features work by Austin-based documentary photographer, Alan Pogue, Seattle artist Deborah Lawrence, and Coronado Studio's Serié Project artists. Also featured are a series of limited edition prints created for HOPE by street artist, Shepard Fairey, and others. At the reception Alan Pogue and HOPE organizers Brian and Andi Steidle will speak about their work and how artists' awareness and concern can effect real changes in the world. The art reception is free and open to the public. Please contact the University Honors Program at 512.245.2266 or email honors@txstate.edu for more information. For more information on HOPE, visit http://www.hopecampaign.org/
*Helping Other People Everywhere

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Jayne Anne Phillips
Jayne Anne Phillips

September 10
Jayne Anne Phillips

Thursday • 3:30 p.m. •
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor
Jayne Anne Phillips was born and raised in West Virginia. Her first book of stories, Black Tickets, published in 1979 when she was 26, won the prestigious Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, awarded by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Featured in Newsweek, Black Tickets was pronounced "stories unlike any in our literature...a crooked beauty" by Raymond Carver and established Phillips as an writer "in love with the American language." Black Tickets has since become a classic of the short story genre. Since then, Phillips has published four novels and another collection of stories, all highly regarded. Her most recent novel is Lark & Termite. Phillips is currently Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark. This Therese Kayser Lindsey / Katherine Anne Porter Series event is co-sponsored by Texas State's English Department and the Wittliff Collections. Books will be for sale by the University Bookstore. Wittliff Collections website: click here

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African American Leadership Conference
African American Leadership Conference

September 10 - 13
A New M.I.N.D. Moving in a New Direction:
17th Annual African American Leadership Conference with Rayna Dubose

Time(s) / venue(s) TBA
Conference website: http://www.msa.txstate.edu

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Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff
Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

September 16
Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

Wednesday • 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center, Room 3-15.1

Event poster / details: click here (pdf)

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LBJ Museum: A Tejano Son of Texas
A Tejano Son of Texas

September 16
A Tejano Son of Texas exhibit opening
Wednesday • 6:30 p.m. • LBJ Museum of Texas, 131 North Guadalupe Street

The Lyndon Baines Johnson of San Marcos will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a reception featuring mariachi music to herald the public opening of a visiting exhibit titled "A Tejano Son of Texas." The opening is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 (Diez Y Seis), at the museum, located on the courthouse square in downtown San Marcos. Activities will begin with music provided by the San Marcos Mariachi Academy under the leadership of Frank De Leon. De Leon will conduct a "mini-workshop" and historical presentation, along with his group's performance. Light refreshments will be served. Free admission. Exhibit will be on display September 16 - October 15 at the Museum. Funding provided by the San Marcos Minority Tourism Development Board. For more information, contact Scott Jordan, Museum Director, at 512.353.3300 or visit http://www.lbjmuseum.com.

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Constitution Day
Constitution Day

September 17
Political Science Celebrates Constitution Day

"The Great Debate – How Our Constitution Affects You!"
Thursday • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Academic Services Building (ASB) North, Room 150

We invite you to join us for a debate and discussion about the U.S. Constitution.  Panel members will include Political Science professors, Dr. Paul DeHart, Dr. Theodore Hindson, and Dr. Kenneth Ward. Refreshments provided. Event hosted and organized by ASG and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science. Event poster: click here (pdf). Complete list of Political Science Discourse Calendar events: click here

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September 18
Brown Bag Session Professional Artists

Friday • 12:00 p.m. • Theatre Center, Room 209

This event helps recruit and retain minority students in the Theatre and Dance Department as guest artists of stage and screen from around the country join us to work with the students as actor/readers, directors, and playwrights. Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies. Open to all interested students and the public.

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Black & Latino Playwrights Conference
Black & Latino Playwrights Conference

September 18 - 20
Black and Latino Playwrights Conference
Theatre Center
Playwrights submitted from across the country for the 7th annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. The selected plays are rehearsed with the playwrights, culminating in staged readings. All tickets are $3. Details: See below. Event poster: click here (pdf)

"Slashes of Light" by Judy Tate, directed by Melissa Maxwell
Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 19 at 2:00 p.m. • Theatre Center

Synopsis: 1967. In an all-black parochial middle school on Chicago's south side, precocious young Sunny befriends the new white history teacher, but her best friend, a budding young radical, doesn't approve, and the older boy she has a crush on is mysteriously quiet. In this coming-of-age story, the characters confront their deepest secrets in a thorny struggle to understand themselves, each other and the changing world around them. Guest Actor: E. Roger Mitchell.
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"The Bonobos" by Amparo Garcia-Crow, directed by Elizabeth Peña
Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 20 at 2:00 p.m. • Theatre Center
Synopsis: Divorced couple Lorenzo and Antonia have been having an affair. When a cyber porn unit comes knocking on Lorenzo's door during a tryst, the couple discovers that Tiffany, their 17-year-old daughter, has been starring in and selling internet "instructive videos" falsely implicating Lorenzo as a child pornographer.  In the process of defending his innocence, the hypocrisies of sex in one family illuminate the "missing link" that might just bring them all back together again. Guest Actor: Ruben Gonzales.

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In the Company of Sinners & Saints
In the Company of Sinners & Saints

September 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, and 30
In the Company of Sinners & Saints: A Play
Alkek Teaching Theater

Sunday, September 20 & 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 21 & 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23 & 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Blinded by rage and the desire for revenge, Lucy is determined to get even with the ex-best friend who so cruelly humiliated her on Facebook. But Lucy can’t get her conscience to shut up — and things aren’t always what they seem. Then there’s the fact Lucy’s in a coma. In the Company of Sinners & Saints blends humor, drama, music, and video in this 90-minute exploration of moral ambiguity. Written by Texas State playwright Monica Michell, In the Company of Sinners & Saints is the only play ever commissioned and performed especially for First Year Experience programs like University Seminar. Event poster: click here (pdf). Synopsis and information: click here (pdf).

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Hearing Voices
Hearing Voices

September 21
Hearing Voices: Thoughts on a Musical Conceptualization of History
by Dr. Margaret Eleanor Menninger, Texas State University

Monday • 5:00 p.m. •
Taylor-Murphy History Building, Swinney Room
In "Amadeus," the playwright Peter Schaffer has Mozart frame the extraordinarily multifarious power of opera: It can "combine the inner minds of him and him and him, and her  the thoughts of chambermaids and Court Composers  and turn the audience into God."  In other words, Schaffer tells us in Mozart's voice that a vocal quartet is a means to present four separate ideas antiphonally and simultaneously. Taking Schaffer's model as its jumping off point, this talk explores the ways in which historians may look to music and the way it has been structured in order to conceptualize the process of historization. Historians may appreciate historical experience with an expanded sense of multivarity that more closely approximates the ultimate aim of objectivity; they may act as Schaffer's Mozart's listener with the momentary illusion of listening like God. Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta. For more information contact Madelyn Patlan at mp47@txstate.edu.

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The Soloist
The Soloist

September 21
SACA Film Series: The Soloist
Monday • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

The Soloist is a biographical drama about real-life musical prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Jamie Foxx), who dropped out of Julliard after developing schizophrenia and became a homeless musician on the streets of Los Angeles. Journalist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) discovers the former classical music prodigy playing his violin on the streets. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. IMDb.com film listing: click here

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Career Month
Career Month

September 22
Career Month Kickoff: Educate the Whole Mind

Tuesday • 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Evans Liberal Arts

Join Career Services for the Career Month kickoff. Grab some free goodies and career information, or talk to one of our on-site career counselors and peer advisors. Career Month runs September 22 - October 22. Career Services website: http://www.careerservices.txstate.edu/

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September 22
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Galileo and His Friends
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Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Jane Brody
Jane Brody

September 22
Jane Brody

Tuesday • 7:00 p.m. • San Marcos Public Library • 625 East Hopkins Street
Nationally-known New York Times health columnist Jane Brody will speak on the newest of her ten books, Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life. Ms. Brody's visit is funded by a grant from VistaCare Hospice Foundation and supported by the Texas State University School of Social Work, Vitas Hospice of San Antonio, Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, Hospice Austin, VistaCare Hospice of San Marcos, and Central Texas Medical Center Hospice of San Marcos. For further information, call the library at 512.393.8200, email smpl@sanmarcoxtx.gov, or visit the library. San Marcos Public Library website: http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/library/

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September 23
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "On Dawkins'
The God Delusion"
Wednesday • 1:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Aqua-Fest
Aqua-Fest

September 24 - 26
Aqua-Fest

Aquarena Center

Aqua-Fest is a three-day event that will introduce students of all ages to the sport of scuba diving along with other water-related careers. In conjunction, The Be A Diver Campaign is a campaign to introduce people to scuba diving using a 15,000 gallon mobile pool. Event attendees will have the opportunity to try scuba diving for free. Anyone age 10 and up can discover the fun and exciting sport of scuba diving in the comfort of the Be A Diver tropically warm 15,000 gallon pool and meet "Jelly Fish" Jeff Mohr, Be A Diver pool coordinator.

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September 24
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Today's Freethinkers
"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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September 25
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Siddhartha's Journey to Buddhahood
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Friday • 1:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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September 29
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Integrating the Mind
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Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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September 30
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Are There Female and Male Aspects to the Mind?
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Wednesday • 1:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October

October 1
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "A New Conceptual Age?
"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 5
Opportunities for Collaborative Research Reception:
Children & Families Across the Lifespan

Monday • 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

This event will focus on connecting new faculty and students with existing researchers and community agencies to make new interdisciplinary connections both on and off campus. Sponsored by the Center for Children and Families, the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research, and the Council for Interdisciplinary Research and Grants. RSVP to Evy Gonzales at eg13@txstate.edu by September 28. If you would like to have an exhibit table, contact Elena Gibson at mg42@txstate.edu. Light lunch will be served.

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October 5
Philosophy Dialogue Series
Empathy Panel: "Implications of Research"

Friday • 12:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Suzanne Keen
Suzanne Keen

October 5
Suzanne Keen
Strategic Empathy and the Arts: The Novel-reading Mind

Monday • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. •
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor
Suzanne Keen, Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, will make a presentation drawing on her interests in psychological approaches to the study of the arts in general and to literary narratives in particular. In articles and her recent book, Empathy and the Novel, Keen takes into account the results of medical and psychological studies completed in the past decade that show the human brain responds viscerally to the experiences of others, whether observed directly or suggested directly. Keen shows that these findings have important implications for the physiological foundation of experience of the arts and specifically for the ways readers of literary narratives, such as novels, are altered by the experience of reading, contributing to the building of basic human senses of mutuality and community. For more information, contact Dr. Dan Lochman at Lochman@txstate.edu

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October 6
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "A Passion for Reasoning: Emotion, Reasoning, and the Brain
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Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 7
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Empathy and Humanitarian Aid in the Southern Arizona Desert
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Wednesday • 9:30 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 7
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Developing a Compassion Towards All Beings
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Wednesday • 1:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 8
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Ethic of Justice v. Ethic of Care
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Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 12
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "The World Disorder Tradition
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Monday • 12:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 13
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Unintended Consequences: Reinhold Nieburh on the Irony of History
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Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Flatland
Flatland

October 13
Flatland: The Movie Edition film screening
Tuesday • 5:00 p.m. • Derrick 329

Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society and the Math Club present Flatland: The Movie Edition — A Journey of Many Dimensions. Popcorn and sodas provided. IMDb.com film listing: click here. For more information, contact Dr. David Snyder at dsnyder@txstate.edu.

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Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith

October 13
Bruce Smith
Lifelong Creativity and Daniel Pink's
A Whole New Mind
Tuesday • 7:00 p.m. • San Marcos Public Library • 625 East Hopkins Street
Everyone is born creative, but many people lose confidence in their creativity as they age. The good news is that their creative  potential is still there, dormant but waiting to be exercised. Daniel Pink, in his book, A Whole New Mind, writes that cultivating right brain skills is imperative for both individuals and the nation's economy. Pink emphasizes the importance of integrating left- and right-brain thinking. Dr. Bruce Smith teaches creativity in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State. His entertaining multimedia presentation will offer an overview of thinking about creativity, including Daniel Pink's bestselling book on the subject. For further information, call the library at 512.393.8200, email smpl@sanmarcoxtx.gov, or visit the library. San Marcos Public Library website: http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/library/  Event poster: click here (pdf)

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October 14
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Why Organizational Change Fails
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Wednesday • 2:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 14
Alive and Reading at Wake the Dead
Concert Reading Series for New Works
Wednesday • 6:00 p.m. • Wake the Dead Coffee House • 1432 Ranch Road 12

Audiences are treated to a variety of new works including plays, poems, prose fiction, essays, storytelling, and story-songs. Produced by theatre ensemble Troupe Texas to cultivate and promote the literary and performing arts in the San Marcos area and to provide writers with the opportunity to hear their works and receive audience feedback. A Common Experience "Story" project. Admission is free to these bi-weekly readings. Audience talk-back following performances. Submissions of new works are invited; click here for guidelines. Email contacts: Zachary Christman or Lela Holt.

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Marty Essen
Marty Essen

October 14
Marty Essen

Around the World in 90 Minutes!
Wednesday • 7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Over a three-and-a-half-year period, Marty Essen visited all seven continents in search of rare and interesting wildlife. He chronicled his adventures in his award-winning book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Essen took thousands of photographs during his travels, dozens of which will be presented in his high-energy digital slide show. Sponsored by SACA.

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October 15
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Unavoidable Complexity and the Sandpile Effect
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Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Tony Hoadland
Tony Hoagland

October 15
Tony Hoagland

Thursday • 3:30 p.m. •
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor
Tony Hoagland's poems have been described as moving unerringly with wit and irony, like an arrow through its target—we, the readers—with exhilarating results. His poems sprint across the page and unexpectedly blow apart a single moment, exposing its contradictory nature—and often our folly. Hoagland explores the spiritual bereftness of American satisfaction, creating poetry that is scathing, funny, rich, and refreshingly intelligent.  He is the author of three volumes of poetry: Sweet Ruin, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry; Donkey Gospel, winner of the James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets; and What Narcissism Means to Me, as well as a collection of essays about poetry, Real Sofistakashun, all by Graywolf Press. He currently teaches in the poetry program at the University of Houston. This Therese Kayser Lindsey / Katherine Anne Porter Series event is co-sponsored by Texas State's English Department and the Wittliff Collections. Books will be for sale by the University Bookstore. Wittliff Collections website: click here

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October 15
Stories to Stage
Thursday • 6:00 p.m. • San Marcos Public Library • 625 East Hopkins Street

A workshop performance, incorporating elements of Asian presentation, re-tells the Mexican "La Llorana" story. Performed by the collaborative group Los Cuentistas, to demonstrate a storytelling process that enhances ESL courses by inspiring students to develop their own stories into performance scripts. Presented by Lela Holt, Tara O’Roark, Katie Cross, Kristin Macko, and Israel Aviles as a project originating in professor Monica Michell’s Theatre Curriculum Development course in the Theatre and Dance Department at Texas State. A Common Experience "Story" project. Admission is free; reservations are not required. Audience talk-back following performance.
Email contact: Lela Holt.

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October 15
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Teague Lecture: "Stopping Terrorism to Promote World Order
"
Thursday • 9:30 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 16
Friday • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. • Derrick 238
Mathematics Education and the Whole Mind: A Look at Daniel Pink's
A Whole New Mind
Math Ed Ph.D. students Erin Lunsford, Bob Pittman, and Alana Rossenwasser will join Dr. Terry McCabe in relating A Whole New Mind to mathematics education.

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Wittliff Collections Grand Reopening
Wittliff Collections Grand Reopening

October 17
Grand Reopening of the Wittliff Collections
Saturday • 7:00 p.m. • The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor

The major event of the season celebrates the newly expanded Wittliff Collections with a reception and program highlighting their fall literary and photographic exhibitions. Special guest Keith Carter will be signing his two most recent monographs from the University of Texas Press: A Certain Alchemy, the latest in the Wittliff’s Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection Book Series, and Fireflies, Carter’s photographs of children. For more information, see the Wittliff Collections website: http://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu. Admission is free and open to the public. RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu or 512.245.2313.

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The Lightning Field
The Lightning Field

October 17 - February 1
The Lightning Field: Mapping the Creative Process 
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor

Mark Twain once noted, "the difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." Leading writers of the Southwest make it their business to be lightning rods, and their journals, notes, correspondence, and manuscripts in the Wittliff's Southwestern Writers Collection document their struggles to find precisely the right word. This exhibition features drafts of work by Cormac McCarthy, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, Sam Shepard, Jovita González, Rick Riordan, Tino Villanueva, the King of the Hill writers, Texas Monthly journalists, and many others as it illustrates a variety of authors' compositional dilemmas and, through them, illuminates the how of creation. Fine-art prints from the Wittliff's Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection complement the display, with portraits of photographers including Keith Carter, Graciela Iturbide, Russell Lee, and more. Presented in conjunction with Texas State’s 2009-2010 Common Experience theme, "The Whole Mind." This exhibition will be celebrated at the grand reopening event on October 17, which is open to the public. For more information, see the Wittliff Collections calendar: click here

Photo featured here: The Marks We Make by Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, 2003.

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A Certain Alchemy
A Certain Alchemy

October 17 - March 13
A Certain Alchemy: Photographs by Keith Carter 
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor

Drawing from the animal world, popular culture, folklore, and religion, Carter's photographs explore relationships that are timeless, enigmatic, and mythological. The inaugural show in the Wittliff Collections' new gallery spaces, this exhibition presents 60 images from Carter's monograph published last fall in their Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection Book Series with UT Press. This exhibition will be celebrated at the grand reopening event on October 17, which is open to the public. For more information, see the Wittliff Collections calendar: click here

Photo featured here: Levitation by Keith Carter, 2001.

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Mass Communication Week: A Whole New Media
Mass Communication Week: A Whole New Media

October 19 - 22
Mass Communication Week: A Whole New Media

Every year the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State hosts Mass Communication Week, bringing together professionals from all over the country to discuss issues and trends that are happening in the mass media. Students hear firsthand what they need to know to go into journalism, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, or social media. During Mass Communication Week, we will explore the changes that are taking place in traditional and social media. Mass media experts such as Gary Vaynerchuk, author of Crush It!, and Rob Quigley, social media editor for the Austin American-Statesman, will speak to future professionals about what is happening the media industry. Detailed schedule of events: click here (pdf).

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October 20
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "The Music Species
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Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Johnny Bunko
Johnny Bunko

October 21
Dan Pink, Career Month Speaker
Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need
Wednesday • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Evans Auditorium

Join us as Daniel Pink discusses the seven lessons to career success from his best selling book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need. Pink is the author of a trio of provocative, best-selling books on the changing world of work. He lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world on economic transformation and the changing world of work. His newest work, Johnny Bunko, is the first American business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga and the only graphic novel ever to become a BusinessWeek bestseller.

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Dan Pink
Dan Pink

October 21
FALL COMMON EXPERIENCE SPEAKER: DAN PINK

Wednesday • 8:00 p.m. • Evans Auditorium
(Overflow seating available at LBJ Student Center Ballroom)
Daniel Pink is a best-selling author and an expert on innovation, competition, and the changing world of work. His book, A Whole New Mind, is the 2009-2010 Common Experience summer reading selection for Texas State. A New York Times and Business Week best seller, the book charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and explains the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced and automated world. Pink held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He’s also worked as an aide to U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich, as an economic policy staffer in the U.S. Senate, as a legal researcher in India, and as a latrine builder in Botswana. Pink’s most recent book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need is being used as the focus of Career Month at Texas State. Pink is working on his next book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, due out in January 2010.
• Official speaker biography: click here (pdf) 
• Event poster: click here (pdf)

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October 22
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "A Neurobiologist, a Composer, and Aristotle Walk into a (Musical) Bar
"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 22
Philosophy Dialogue Series
Special Documentary: The Castration Cure
Special Lecture: "The Puzzles of Pedophilia"

Thursday • 6:00 p.m. film | 7:00 p.m. lecture •
Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
Leture and documentary by William Winsdale, the James Wade Rockwell Professor of Philosophy of Medicine at the Institute for Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The Philosophy Dialogue Series is co-sponsored by teh American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, New York Times, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Student Affairs. More information: click here (pdf)

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October 26
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Dewey, Arnold, and Literary Criticism
"
Monday • 2:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Wake the Dead Coffee House logo
The Haunted Story

October 26
Open Mic Event: The Haunted Story

Monday • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Wake the Dead Coffee House • 1432 Ranch Road 12
In collaboration with Wake the Dead, the Common Experience presents The Haunted Story, an open mic night featuring Halloween and dark-themed poetry, prose, and song. All are welcome to perform an original composition or share a favorite Halloween tale. We are excited to include complimentary tarot readings by Wake the Dead's resident tarot card expert, LaVonne Parker. Don't forget to bring a carved pumpkin to participate in the Jack-o-Lantern contest. Costumes are strongly encouraged but not required. All ages are welcome, but due to the spooky content, parental guidance is advised. For more information, contact Michelle Bohn at 512.245.7952 or email mb61@txstate.edu. Visit Wake the Dead online at http://www.wakethedeadcoffeehouse.org/.

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October 27
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "The Interplanetary Dialectic in LeGuin's The Dispossessed
"
Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Jeanne Stern: Shadow Tiger
Jeanne Stern: Shadow Tiger

October 27 - November 19
Jeanne Stern:
Shadow Tiger
JCM Gallery II, School of Art & Design
With films that use stereoscopic stop-motion animation (photographs that are taken with two cameras and then combined to create the illusion of a three-dimensional image), Jeanne Stern explores memory and the way in which it relies upon non-linear perception—that of time and space. This exhibition combines the motion of Stern’s previous film works with the dimensionality of her dioramas, acting as living memories which may exist after the original subjects cease to be. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free and Open to the public. For more information, call Mary Mikel Stump, Gallery Director, at 512.245.2611 or email mr14@txstate.edu

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October 28
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Philosophy as Literature, Literature as Philosophy
"
Wednesday • 2:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 28
Alive and Reading at Wake the Dead
Concert Reading Series for New Works
Wednesday • 6:00 p.m. • Wake the Dead Coffee House • 1432 Ranch Road 12

Audiences are treated to a variety of new works including plays, poems, prose fiction, essays, storytelling, and story-songs. Produced by theatre ensemble Troupe Texas to cultivate and promote the literary and performing arts in the San Marcos area and to provide writers with the opportunity to hear their works and receive audience feedback. A Common Experience "Story" project. Admission is free to these bi-weekly readings. Audience talk-back following performances. Submissions of new works are invited; click here for guidelines. Email contacts: Zachary Christman or Lela Holt.

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Dia de los Muertos Celebration

October 28
Día de los Muertos Celebration

Wednesday • 6:30 p.m. • Lampasas 407 • Honors Coffee Forum

The University Honors Program and Rincon Hispano Universitario present the Día de Los Muertos Celebration, featuring speakers, folklorico performances, mariachi, and food. This is a time in which people bring back to life those who have passed away by remembering them and celebrating that death is only a transition from one life to another. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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The Science of Mind
The Science of Mind

October 28
The Science of Mind

Wednesday • 8:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center 3-3.1

Discover how the Buddha's teachings enable us to experience fearlessness, joy, and compassion. A traveling teacher of the Karma Kagyu (Diamond Way) Buddhist tradition will give a lecture about Buddha's teachings. A guided meditation will follow the lecture. All are welcome to attend; no prior experience with Buddhism is necessary. For further information email Angelika Fuller at af1256@txstate.edu or visit www.diamondway.org/sanmarcos.

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October 29
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Shakespeare's Philosophy of Language in The Tempest
"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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November

November 3
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Is 'Deep Security' Possible?
"
Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien

November 3
Tim O'Brien

Tuesday • 3:30 p.m. •
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor
Currently holding the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State, Tim O’Brien is the author of Going After Cacciato, winner of the 1979 National Book Award in fiction, and The Things They Carried, which was named by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of l990. He received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction, and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and his novel In the Lake of the Woods was named by Time magazine as the best novel of 1994. His two most recent books, Tomcat in Love and July, July, were national bestsellers. O’Brien’s short stories have appeared in numerous major magazines and anthologies. In 1987 he received the National Magazine Award for his story "The Things They Carried," which was also selected for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. O’Brien has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wittliff Collections website: click here

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Poems about Perception
Poems about Perception

November 4
My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own: Poems about Perception
Wednesday • Live music at 6:00 p.m. • Poetry reading at 7:00 p.m.
Lampasas 407 • Honors Coffee Forum
The San Marcos Jazz Trio will provide live music prior a poetry reading by Texas State's creative writing faculty, including Steve Wilson, Miles Wilson, Kathleen Peirce, Roger Jones, Ogaga Ifowodo, Cyrus Cassells, and John Blair. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Common Experience, the Department of English, and the University Honors Program. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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November 5
Dr. Roger Wiemers:
Innovation and Originality in Research
Keynote Address, International Research Conference for Graduate Students

Thursday • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. • LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1

Dr. Roger Wiemers is an associate professor of Educational Administration and Leadership at Tennessee State University, where he has served for 13 years. He is the past president of the North American Chapter of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction, an NGO of the United Nations, and in consultative status with the Social and Economic Council. He worked with the education faculty at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, India, for the 2007-08 academic year as a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow. Currently, he is the doctoral program coordinator for his department, specializing in teaching Advanced Research Methods, Global Education, and Instructional Leadership. Event sponsored by the Graduate College, the Common Experience, and the College of Education.

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November 5
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Suburban Farming: A Public Reclamation of the Suburban Yard
"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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November 6
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
"
Friday • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

The aim of this one-day symposium is to promote dialogue among faculty and students on sustainability issues and to bridge the disciplinary boundaries between natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Topics will include the application of the sustainability paradigm to justice, complexity (systems) science, business and education. The symposium is open to the public and no registration is required. Detailed schedule: click here (pdf). More information on Philosophy Dialogue Series: click here (pdf)

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Lauryn Gould: The Inner Symphony
Lauryn Gould: The Inner Symphony

November 7
The Inner Symphony in Recital: A Performance for the Whole Mind

Saturday • 2:00 p.m. • School of Music Recital Hall, Room 236

This performance accompanies Lauryn Gould's undergraduate honors thesis titled "The Inner Symphony: Applying Holistic Thinking to Music Education," inspired by Daniel Pink's book, A Whole New Mind, and featuring Gould on flute; Will Goodlet, guitar; Ryan Gould-string bass; and songwriters Erik Hokkanen, fiddle, and Rick Steinburg, guitar/voice. In order to engage the whole mind, this program reflects an attempt to bridge the gap between musical genres, cultures, and mediums by including repertoire from Argentinian tango to American folk/blues, as well as dance and visual art. For more information, contact Lauryn Gould at ls1168@txstate.edu. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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November 9
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Viktor Frankl's Meaning and Life: A Primer
"
Monday • 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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November 9
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Meaning and the Learning Process
"
Monday • 3:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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November 10
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "A Holocaust Survivor on What Gives Life Meaning
"
Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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November 11
Leading with the Whole Mind

Wednesday • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center, Room 3-15.1

Contact Lisa Furler for more information.

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November 11
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Creating a Self: Meaning and Identity When You Discover You Are a Minority
"
Wednesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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November 11
Whole Brain Tour

Wednesday • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Meet in lobby of Joann Cole Mitte building • End in lobby of Roy F. Mitte building

This tour will visit studio spaces and research labs in the College of Art and Design, Department of Technology, School of Engineering, and Department of Physics to see the inner workings of ideas in art, design, science, and engineering.  This tour is for everyone who has worked in either JCM or RFM and wondered what's on the other side of the building. Space is limited; please RSVP to honors@txstate.edu

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November 11
Alive and Reading at Wake the Dead
Concert Reading Series for New Works
Wednesday • 6:00 p.m. • Wake the Dead Coffee House • 1432 Ranch Road 12

Audiences are treated to a variety of new works including plays, poems, prose fiction, essays, storytelling, and story-songs. Produced by theatre ensemble Troupe Texas to cultivate and promote the literary and performing arts in the San Marcos area and to provide writers with the opportunity to hear their works and receive audience feedback. A Common Experience "Story" project. Admission is free to these bi-weekly readings. Audience talk-back following performances. Submissions of new works are invited; click here for guidelines. Email contacts: Zachary Christman or Lela Holt.

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November 12
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Analyzing Meaning: Four Senses of 'Meaning' in the History of Ideas
"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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November 12
Intercambio: A Language Exchange
Thursday • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. • Flowers Hall Ground Floor Foyer
Intercambio is a chance for students to a practice language other than their native tongue. All languages are welcome to this informal conversation. Come have a good time while you improve your second (or third or fourth) language! For more information, contact Sonia Arellano at 512.245.3018 or email sa1087@txstate.edu

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November 13
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Discovering Lasting Happiness
"
Friday • 1:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Embrace the Green Revolution Fashion Show
Embrace the Green Revolution Fashion Show

November 13
FashioNation Presents "The New Black":
Embrace the Green Revolution Fashion Show

Friday • 7:30 p.m. • George's • First Floor, LBJ Student Center

FashioNation will produce their first fashion show of the year in which they are "going green." The fashion show will feature the theme of sustainability, using clothing donated by Texas State students, faculty, and surrounding communities — clothes revamped in numerous ways to show how hard times call for innovation to save money and our environment. All the donated clothing will be distributed to the Boys and Girls Club in San Marcos, Women's Shelter, and Greater Mt. Zion Church in Austin. For more information, contact Courtni Martin at cm1585@txstate.edu or visit fashionationtsu.com.

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Katherine Anne Porter
Katherine Anne Porter

November 14
Katherine Anne Porter: A Driving Desire
A Performance by Pennylyn White

Saturday • 7:00 p.m. •
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor
In a tribute to Katherine Anne Porter’s life, work, and legacy, actress Pennylyn White brings to life the woman behind the myth in a probing performance using extracts of Porter’s body of work, including her personal letters. Special thanks to the Jane Hope Hastings Philanthropic Trust. Wittliff Collections website: click here

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Dan Barker
Dan Barker

November 15
Dan Barker

Pagan Precedents to Christianity: A Lecture
Sunday • 1:00 p.m. • Psychology 132

Dan Barker became a teenage evangelist at age 15. He received a degree in Religion from Azusa Pacific University and was ordained to the ministry by the Standard Community Church, California, in 1975. He served as associate pastor at an Assembly of God and an independent Charismatic church, and he was a Protestant missionary in Mexico for two years. Barker also maintained a touring musical ministry for 17 years. Following five years of reading, he gradually outgrew his religious beliefs, announcing his atheism publicly in 1984. Barker was public relations director of the Freedom From Religion Foundation from 1987 to 2004. He is a contributing editor of Freethought Today and is involved with the foundation's state/church lawsuits. Speaker biography: click here

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November 15
Debate: Dan Barker vs. Kevin Cauley
Can We Be Good without God?

Sunday • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater

The aim of this debate is to promote dialogue among faculty and students on the religious and secular morality issues and to bridge the disciplinary boundaries between faith and logic, social constructs of control and the humanities. The topic will cover humanity's ability to be ethical and moral without divine oversight. The debate is open to the public; 30 minutes will be given to audience questions to address either or both debaters. Event moderated by professor Rebecca Raphael, Department of Philosophy. Dan Barker bio: click here (pdf), Kevin Cauley bio: click here (pdf)

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Islam: Stereotypes and Misconceptions
Islam: Stereotypes and Misconceptions

November 17
Islam: Stereotypes and Misconceptions
T
uesday • 7:00 p.m. • Taylor-Murphy 104
Ms. Sarwat Husian, the Council on American-Islamic Relations' president in San Antonio, will give a talk on the stereotypes and misconceptions of Islam. Sponsored by the University Honors Program, the Common Experience, and the Middle East Culture Club, the program is open to all.  For more information, contact arabicclass@gmail.com. Speaker bio: click here (pdf). Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Celebration of the People Powwow
Celebration of the People Powwow

November 18
Fifth Annual Celebration of the People Powwow

Wednesday • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Amphitheather

The Celebration of the People Powwow embraces the history, art, and traditions of Native American cultures. Attendees at this year's event will have the opportunity to view and witness a wide variety of activities including southern drum, powwow dancing, flute playing, Aztec dancing, native vendors, artwork, Nokota horses, storytelling, and native food. Groups represented at the event will include: Kiowa, Apache, Comanche, Lakota, Dakota, Choctaw, Paiute, Chickasaw, Sans Arc, Caddo, Delaware, Zuni, Huron, Navajo, Cherokee, Hawaiian, Aztec, Cree, Creek and Mohegan. Sponsors of the event include: the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Student Organizations Council, Coca Cola, Four Winds Intertribal Society, Inc., Multicultural Programming Committee, the Department of History, and the Cornucopia. University press release: click here. For more information, please email Kate Koebbe, president of the Native American Student Association (NASA) at kk1310@txstate.edu or call the office of Multicultural Student Affairs at 512.245.2278.

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Symphony and Metaphor
Symphony and Metaphor

November 18
Symphony and Metaphor Art Reception
Wednesday • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Lampasas 407 • Gallery of the Common Experience

The exhibit will be on display October 12 through December 12 and features representations of elements of design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning.  Designed to illustrate the metaphorical and symphonic expression of beauty, the artists on display were inspired by divination practices, heritage, culture, medicine and even mathematics in the creation of their artistic ideas.  The art reception is free and open to the public. Please contact the University Honors Program at 512.245.2266 or email honors@txstate.edu for more information. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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November 18
Object Lessons Exhibit Opening
Wednesday • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. •
Lampasas 407 • Honors Coffee Forum, Conference Room
In addition to the reception for the exhibit Symphony & Metaphor, the Honors Coffee Forum features Object Lessons, an exhibit of handmade books from Kathleen Peirce's graduate writing workshop and Diann McCabe's students' visual representations of their honors theses from the honors senior seminar. The exhibit of Object Lessons is on display off the coffee forum in the conference room.

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Lama Ole Nydahl
Lama Ole Nydah

November 18
Lama Ole Nydahl

Wednesday • 3:45 p.m. • Lampasas 501

Join us for questions and answers with Lama Ole Nydahl, the first Western student of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa of Tibet, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the few Westerners fully qualified as a lama and meditation teacher in the Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition. After completing three years of intensive meditation training in 1972, Nydahl began teaching Buddhism in Europe at the request of H.H. 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. He has since transmitted the blessing of the lineage in a different city nearly every day, traveling and teaching worldwide as an authorized lama. For more information visit www.diamondway.org/sanmarcos or contact the Diamond Way Buddhist Center of San Marcos at sanmarcos@diamondway.org.

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The Black Balloon
The Black Balloon

November 18
SACA Film Series: The Black Balloon
Wednesday • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

When Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, all he wants is to fit in.  When his pregnant mother (Toni Collette) has to take things easy, his father Simon (Erik Thomson) puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie (Luke Ford).  Thomas, with the help of his new girlfriend Jackie (Gemma Ward), faces his biggest challenge yet. Charlie's unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that causes his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out—in a story that is funny, confronting, and ultimately heart-warming. IMDb.com film listing: click here

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November 19
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Gregory Pappas
The American Challenge:
The Tension between the Values of the Anglo and the Hispanic World
El Desafio Norteamericano:
La Tension entre los Valores del Mundo Anglosajon y del Hispano

Thursday • 12:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

Presentation by Professor Gregory Pappas, Texas A&M University. Sponsored by the Philosophy Department at Texas State, the Philosophy Dialogue Series, and the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship.

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J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind
J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind

November 19
Steven L. Davis:
J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind
Thursday • 4:00 p.m. •
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor
In this lively biography, Steven L. Davis takes a fresh look at a J. Frank Dobie whose "liberated mind" set him on an intellectual journey that culminated in the folklorist becoming a political liberal who fought for labor, free speech, and civil rights well before these causes became acceptable to most Anglo Texans. Tracing the full arc of Dobie's life (1888–1964), Davis shows how Dobie's insistence on "free-range thinking" led him to such radical actions as calling for the complete integration of the University of Texas during the 1940s, as well as taking on governors, senators, and the FBI (which secretly investigated him) as Texas's leading dissenter during the McCarthy era. Davis is assistant curator of the Wittliff’s Southwestern Writers Collection. UT Press book page: http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/davjfr.html
Wittliff Collections website: click here

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December

December 2
Alive and Reading at Wake the Dead
Concert Reading Series for New Works
Wednesday • 6:00 p.m. • Wake the Dead Coffee House • 1432 Ranch Road 12

Audiences are treated to a variety of new works including plays, poems, prose fiction, essays, storytelling, and story-songs. Produced by theatre ensemble Troupe Texas to cultivate and promote the literary and performing arts in the San Marcos area and to provide writers with the opportunity to hear their works and receive audience feedback. A Common Experience "Story" project. Admission is free to these bi-weekly readings. Audience talk-back following performances. Submissions of new works are invited; click here for guidelines. Email contacts: Zachary Christman or Lela Holt.

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Take!
Take!

December 3, 4, 5, and 6
Take!
Theatre Center, Room 209

Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m.
A famous actress, held hostage by a psychotic fan, manipulates the tense situation to her advantage in a striking drama that explores dominance, possession, and the boundaries between languages and lifestyles. Produced by Zachary Schulte and directed by Charlie Diblasi for student theatre ensemble At-Random Theatre, this production premieres an Honors thesis play by Carter Maddox (Creative Writing/English/Honors). A Common Experience "Story" Project. Admission is free to these performances; reservations are not required. Audience talk-back following performances. Event poster: click here (pdf). Email contacts: Zachary Schulte or Carter Maddox.

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December 16
Alive and Reading at Wake the Dead
Concert Reading Series for New Works
Wednesday • 6:00 p.m. • Wake the Dead Coffee House • 1432 Ranch Road 12

Audiences are treated to a variety of new works including plays, poems, prose fiction, essays, storytelling, and story-songs. Produced by theatre ensemble Troupe Texas to cultivate and promote the literary and performing arts in the San Marcos area and to provide writers with the opportunity to hear their works and receive audience feedback. A Common Experience "Story" project. Admission is free to these bi-weekly readings. Audience talk-back following performances. Submissions of new works are invited; click here for guidelines. Email contacts: Zachary Christman or Lela Holt.

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January

Discovering Our Culture through the Mind of MLK
Discovering Our Culture through the Mind of MLK

January 19 - 21
Discovering Our Culture through the Mind of MLK

Event poster: click here (pdf)

January 19
Cake and Candy in the Quad
Tuesday • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • The Quad

Details TBA.
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January 19
Freshman, Faculty, and Staff Luncheon
Tuesday • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Freshman, faculty, and staff lunch—featuring Texas State Ebony Players. First 50 freshmen who sign up will get in free. For more information, contact Jonnie Wilson at jw25@txstate.edu
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January 20
MLK March and Keynote Program
Wednesday • 6:30 p.m. • Begins at Old Main • Keynote Program at LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Keynote Program to follow march, featuring Dr. Laurie Fluker, Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication and an associate professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication.
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January 21
Poetry Slam Contest
Thursday • 7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

A competitive poetry slam event rated by panel of judges and audience support. Participants must submit poems by December 31, 2009, in order to participate. Please submit to Mr. Tate Brooks, Chair of MLK Entertainment, at tb1248@txstate.edu. You will be notified if your poem is selected to be a part of the competition. Guidelines: click here (pdf)

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January 19 - February 26
Two Worlds: Selections from Borderland Youth
Opening reception Thursday, January 21, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. • JCM Art Gallery, School of Art & Design

This exhibition will feature text, video, and photographs by the youth participants from Borderland Youth's various projects conducted over the last three years. The organization's mission is to use creative mediums such as photography and creative writing as a means to add the personal, familial and cultural stories and perspectives of borderland youth to the collective archive of both American and global life. For more information, contact Mary Mikel Stump, Gallery Director, at 512.245.2664.

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Okay Mountain: Big Strange Mystery
Okay Mountain: Big Strange Mystery

January 19 - February 26
Okay Mountain: Big Strange Mystery
Opening reception Thursday, January 21, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
JCM Gallery II, School of Art & Design
Big Strange Mystery is an immersive installation that borrows, mimics and transforms various elements associated with such phenomena and institutions as crypto-zoology, UFO, and natural history museums. The installation, based on the accumulation and staging of various periphery objects, acts as evidence and documentation of the existence and search for an elusive water creature, while also functioning as entertainment, likening the woven characteristics of information and its presentation to a narrative, rather than a set of objective, knowable facts. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free and Open to the public. For more information, call Mary Mikel Stump, Gallery Director, at 512.245.2611 or email mr14@txstate.edu

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January 27
Educational Borders: An Interdisciplinary Forum
Wednesday • 12:00 p.m. • JCM Art Gallery, School of Art & Design

In light of the JCM Art Gallery exhibition, Two Worlds, this brownbag lunch/roundtable discussion will provide an opportunity for an interdisciplinary group of scholars, practitioners, and students to openly explore the borders that exist within current educational systems and how such things as interdisciplinary programs, creative grassroots efforts, and new models based on cultural relevance can shape the future of education in America and beyond. The discussion will be led by Jason Reed, Borderland Youth Director and Assistant Professor of Photography at Texas State, and Ryan Sprott, Borderland Youth Field Director and Doctoral Fellow in Educational Leadership at UTSA. For more information, contact Mary Mikel Stump, Gallery Director, at 512.245.2664.

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February

Career Month 2010
Career Month 2010

February 1 - 25
Career Month
2010
Tuesday • 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Evans Liberal Arts

Join Career Services for Career Month 2010. Career Services website: http://www.careerservices.txstate.edu/

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Buddhism Today: Working with Emotions
Buddhism Today: Working with Emotions

February 3
Buddhism Today: Working with Emotions
Wednesday • 7:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center 3-15.1

Buddhism is about discovering our own true nature: joy, insight, and the spontaneous ability to help ourselves and others. Come get an introduction into using these timeless methods in our modern lives. A traveling teacher of the Karma Kagyu Diamond Way Buddhist tradition will be coming to Texas State to talk about how Buddhist methods help us realize the nature and meaning of our emotions so we can gain inner clarity and freedom. A guided meditation will follow the lecture. All are welcome to attend; no prior experience with Buddhism is necessary. For further information email Angelika Fuller at af1256@txstate.edu or visit www.diamondway.org/sanmarcos. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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February 4
Catholic Spirituality and Psychological Temperament:
A Customized Window onto the Whole Mind
Interactive presentation by Psychologist Richard D. Grant, Jr., Ph.D.
Thursday • 6:30 - 7:30 pm • H. L. Grant Catholic Student Center • 100 Concho Street

Modern psychology and spirituality offer complementary views of the Whole Mind. Four psychological temperaments personalize the four Gospels of the New Testament as contemporary models for human development. Prayers and rituals, such as the Catholic Mass, provide the structure and dynamic for complete human development, mapping out transformation in individuals who transform communities. During this presentation by Dr. Grant, participants will complete a brief self-test of temperament to identify their approach to Catholic spirituality, and they will apply the results to their own life development. Sponsored by the H. L. Grant Catholic Student Center. For additional information, contact Professor Dan Lochman at dl02@txstate.edu or the Catholic Student Center at 512.392.5925. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration
Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration

February 5
Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration: 
A Concert and Lecture Featuring NEA Jazz Masters Joe Wilder and Dan Morgenstern and the Texas State Jazz Ensemble

Friday • 7:00 p.m. •
Evans Auditorium
Named for jazz guitar pioneer and San Marcos native Eddie Durham, this program features Texas State student ensembles and a guest combo performing music composed, arranged, and influenced by Durham. This year's event welcomes legendary trumpeter Joe Wilder and noted jazz scholar Dan Morgenstern, both of whom were named "NEA Jazz Master" by the National Endowment of the Arts. This event is free and open to students, faculty, and the general public. A part of the Hill Country Jazz Festival, the event is presented by the Department of Jazz Studies in the Texas State School of Music and the Center for Texas Music History in the Department of History. For more information, visit www.EddieDurhamJazz.webs.com or call 512.245.2185. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Richard Garriott
Richard Garriott

February 8
Richard Garriott

Business Leadership Week Keynote Speaker
Monday • 5:30 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater
(Overflow seating available at McCoy 119)
Richard Garriott is known most recently for being the world's sixth private space explorer. He was born on July 4th, 1961, in Cambridge, England, to astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on NASA's first space station, Skylab, in 1973. Richard Garriott grew up knowing that space flight ran in the family; he made his childhood dreams a reality when he ventured into space on October 12, 2008, joining the Russian Federal Space Agency for a short-term mission on the International Space Station (ISS). The younger Garriott is the first American to follow a parent into space. Before his history-making space flight, Garriott was known as "Lord British," the creator of Ultima, the computer game series. His love of creating fantasy computer games led to an early career in game development, first making waves with his game entitled Akalabeth, which was distributed in 1980 in the unique packaging of Ziploc bags. Currently, Garriott lives in Austin, Texas, where he enjoys researching further space exploration opportunities. He is also on the board of Space Adventures, a company that works with the Russians to send private citizens to space. Garriott's focus during Business Leadership Week will be whole-mind thinking. Business Leadership Week website: click here

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February 9
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Truth Seekers
"
Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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February 11
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Doubters
"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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February 12
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Criticality & Natural Systems: A Wake-up Call
"
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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February 12
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Talk of the Times
"
Friday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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The Mind-Body Connection
The Mind-Body Connection

Februrary 15
The Mind-Body Connection
Monday • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. • Psychology 211

Can you really get "worried sick" about something? Is laughter truly the best medicine? Can having a positive outlook on life help you through a health crisis? These questions, and many others, are the focus of Health Psychology, a field that is integrates behavioral and biological science. Achieving optimum health does not just depend on your gene pool, but is also closely linked to the choices you make, your beliefs, your background, the way you behave, and the illnesses you encounter. Health Psychologists strive to understand the ways in which feelings, emotions and thoughts interface with the workings of the body; this emerging area examines how biology, environment, and behavior impact health and illness. Presenters: Ollie J. Seay, Ph.D., Director and Practicum Coordinator, M.A. in Health Psychology Program, Texas State; Maria Czyzewska, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Advisor, M.A. in Health Psychology Program, Texas State; and Alexander Nagurney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, M.A. in Health Psychology Program, Texas State.

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Arcadia
Arcadia

February 16 - 21
Arcadia
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Richard Sodders
Theatre Center • Feb. 16-20 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 2:00 p.m.
$10 general admission, $7 students

Considered by many to be Tom Stoppard's finest play, Arcadia is a mix of comedy, drama, and literary detective story as it bounces between two different time periods. The alternating scenes allow the audience to see what actually happened in the early 1800s versus the modern-day scholars attempts to interpret the events. Winner of the 1994 Olivier Award and the 1995 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, Arcadia has been called by the New York Post: "Pure entertainment for the heart, mind, soul.... It is a work shot through with fun, passion and, yes, genius." With its dance between art and science, Arcadia is presented as part of the university's "Whole Mind" Common Experience. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Cartography of the Whole Mind
Cartography of the Whole Mind

February 17
Cartography of the Whole Mind opening reception
Wednesday • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Lampasas 407 • Gallery of the Common Experience

Exhibit on display throughout the spring semester
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
From smoky metaphor and chaotic abstraction to wall-crawling word-webs and orderly alignments of mouse pads and yarn, the current exhibit at the Gallery of the Common Experience is a rich mix of media and theme interpretation by students and area artists.  Special features in the exhibit are the fiber works of award-winning artist and Texas State alumnus Oscar Silva and two whimsical photographic series: Defragged and Dreaming by senior student photographer Kellen Stanley and Epithet by San Antonio artist John William Keedy. Sponsored by the University Honors Program. For more information, contact 512.245.2266. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Francine Prose
Francine Prose

February 18
Francine Prose

Thursday • 3:30 p.m. •
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor
Reading and book signing. Wittliff Collections website: click here

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February 19
Philosophy Dialogue Series: Sustainability Group

Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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February 19
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Talk of the Times
"
Friday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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February 22
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Technology as Self-Making"

Monday • 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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February 25
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Biotechnology and Sci-Fi: Could Someone Own Your Genes?"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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February 26
Philosophy Dialogue Series: Sustainability Group

"Human Systems as a Paradigm for Examining Sustainability"
& "Energy, Climate, and Oceans — Impacts on the Global Economy"
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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March

March 1
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Mythical Cosmology and Scientific Method"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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March 2
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Plato's Cosmology in Timaeus"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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Intercambio
Intercambio

March 3
Intercambio: A Language Exchange
Wednesday • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. • Flowers Hall Ground Floor Foyer
Intercambio is a chance for students to a practice language other than their native tongue. All languages are welcome to this informal conversation. Come have a good time while you improve your favorite language! For more information, contact Keri Fitzgerald at 512.245.3018 or email kf1166@txstate.edu

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March 4
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Literalism, Symbolism, and Creation Mythology"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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Creativity and Aging Forum
Creativity and Aging Forum

March 4
Creativity and Aging Forum:
Central Texas Strategic Planning Session to Develop Arts Programs for Seniors
Thursday • 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. • San Marcos Activity Center • 501 E. Hopkins

The Center for Community Arts at Texas State University and The National Center for Creative Aging will host a Central Texas gathering to develop arts programs for seniors throughout the Austin/San Antonio corridor region. Dr. Gay Hanna, Director of the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington, D.C., will give a talk on Creative Aging followed by a strategic planning workshop. Workshop planning sessions will include arts programming in senior centers, retirement and healthcare facilities; intergenerational arts programming for youth and elders; and seniors and the performing arts. The workshop is free and open to seniors, senior center staff, mental health professionals, artists, arts organizations, and high school and college students. Please RSVP to Grady Hillman at gh24@txstate.edu or 512.467.8382. Sponsored by the City of San Marcos: Community Services — Parks and Recreation, the Texas Long Term Care Institute, the Center for Children and Families at Texas State, the Common Experience, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and the Department of Art and Design. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Creativity Matters
Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging

March 4
Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging
Thursday • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. • Department of Art and Design • JCM 2121

Dr. Gay Hanna, artist and Director of the National Center for Creative Aging, will give a free public lecture on current research and practice on arts programming with seniors. She will examine how active participation in the arts enhances physical health among older adults, improves quality of life and healing for those who are ill, and reduces the risk factors that lead to the need for long-term care. Sponsoring organizations include the City of San Marcos: Community Services — Parks and Recreation, Texas Long Term Care Institute, Center for Children and Families at Texas State, the Common Experience, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and the Department of Art and Design. For more information contact Grady Hillman at gh24@txstate.edu or 512.467.8382. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Staussa Ervin
Staussa Ervin

March 4
Staussa Ervin
Please Understand Me: Cultural Challenges within Traditional Psychotherapeutic Approaches

Thursday • 5:30 p.m. •
Alkek Teaching Theater
Dr. Staussa Ervin has earned a bachelor’s degree in social work, a master's degree in psychology, and a doctorate in education, as well as a license in psychotherapy. In 2002, Dr. Ervin developed Mind Peace. As President and CEO of Mind Peace, Dr. Ervin works to help adolescents and young adults create peace in their lives. Dr. Ervin’s presentation will focus on understanding the cultural challenges within traditional counseling approaches when working with underrepresented communities.

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Juilliard performance
Portraits of the Artist's Mind: Juilliard Rejoins Texas State

March 4
Portraits of the Artist's Mind:

Juilliard Rejoins Texas State for a Common Experience in the Arts
Thursday • 7:30 p.m. • Evans Auditorium

The Juilliard School's best musicians, dancers, and actors return for the fourth annual collaboration with outstanding performers of Texas State University, directed by Texas State alumnus and award-winning composer, pianist, and Juilliard faculty member, Dr. Wayne Oquin. The program will include theatrical scenes, monologues, music by well-known composers, and an Oquin drum solo with original choreography dedicated to the memory of the late Martha Nell Holmes. For more information email honors@txstate.edu or call 512.245.2266. Seating is limited; doors open at 7:00 p.m. Event poster: click here (2 MB pdf)

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March 5
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Talk of the Times
"
Friday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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March 16
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Evolution and the Culture Wars"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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March 17
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Phenomenology of Humor"

Wednesday • 2:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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March 18
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Stayin' Alive: Does the Self Survive?"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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March 19
Philosophy Dialogue Series: Sustainability Group

Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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March 19
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Talk of the Times
"
Friday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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March 23
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Evolution: An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion"

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

Panel discussion featuring Harvey Ginsburg (Psychology), Peter Hutcheson (Philosophy), Kerrie Lewis (Anthropology), and Rebecca Raphael (Philosophy & Religious Studies). Special guest panelist: Jerry Coyne, University of Chicago (Evolutionary Biology). More information: click here (pdf)

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March 23
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Jerry Coyne, University of Chicago: "Why Evolution Is True"

Tuesday • 7:30 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater

More information: click here (pdf)

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Texas Music History Unplugged
Texas Music History Unplugged

March 23
Texas Music History Unplugged
Featuring Cody Canada, Ray Benson, Sisters Morales, Raul Malo, WC Clark, and others

Tuesday • 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. •
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Free concert sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University-San Marcos.

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March 25
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
L. Stephanie Cobb, Hofstra University: "Constructing a Masculine Christian Identity: 
Sex, Gender, and the Female Martyrs of Early Christianity"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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Terri Hendrix
Terri Hendrix

March 25th
Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines

Thursday • 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. • Aquarena Center • Headwaters of San Marcos River

(Alternate rain site: Alkek Teaching Theater)
San Marcos native Terri Hendrix will perform a free concert, accompanied by legendary Texas musician and producer Lloyd Maines. Hendrix is one of the most strikingly original singer-songwriters working today, as befits an artist who cites the varied likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Terry, John Prine, and even the British techno-country-blues ensemble Alabama 3 among her biggest influences. Across the eclectic breadth of her catalog — which includes Celebrate the Difference (2005), and The Spiritual Kind (2007) — Hendrix has covered every genre from folk to country to pop to blues to Celtic to Tex-Mex to jazz to Western swing. She even co-wrote a Grammy-winning country instrumental ("Lil' Jack Slade") on the Dixie Chicks' multi-platinum 2003 album, Home. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.terrihendrix.com/

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March 26
Philosophy Dialogue Series: Sustainability Group

"Civic Ecology: The Human Rights of Sustainability"
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Thomas Banchoff
Thomas Banchoff

March 26
"The Fourth Dimension in Geometry, Literature, and Art"
A presentation by mathematician Thomas Banchoff

Friday • 11:00 a.m. •
McCoy Hall 126
Why does the fourth dimension fascinate artists and writers as well as mathematicians and scientists? What does their work tell us about this elusive concept, and how can computer graphics help us to "see" geometric phenomena beyond our third dimension? Everyone is invited to join Brown University Professor Thomas Banchoff as he leads an exploration of these questions. See http://www.geom.uiuc.edu/~banchoff/projects.html for some of Banchoff's projects. Sponsored by the College of Science, the Department of Mathematics, Texas MathWorks, and the Common Experience, Professor Banchoff will be the kick-off speaker for Math Awareness Month. For more information, contact Ms. Hiroko Warshauer at hiroko@txstate.edu. Event poster: click here (pdf)

Photo credit: John Forasté

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March 26
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Talk of the Times
"
Friday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Geometric and Algebraic Thinking
Geometric and Algebraic Thinking

March 26
"Geometric and Algebraic Thinking in the New Common Core Standards"
A presentation by mathematician Thomas Banchoff

Friday • 2:00 p.m. •
Derrick Hall 238
How can college mathematics courses help prepare teachers to present geometric topics in the new state standards? What part can interactive computer graphics play in teacher preparation? Sponsored by the College of Science, the Department of Mathematics, and Texas Mathworks. For more information, contact Ms. Hiroko Warshauer at hiroko@txstate.edu. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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March 30
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "To Clone or Not to Clone"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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Aric Bostick
Aric Bostick

March 30
Aric Bostick
Inspirational Speaker and Texas State Alumnus

Tuesday • 7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center mall area

As the end of the semester approaches, many students begin to feel stressed over mid-terms and finals. The Student Association for campus activities (SACA) is hosting Aric Bostick, one of the nation's leading inspirational speakers, to discuss encouraging diversity, increasing university pride, and persevering through issues that college students deal with on a daily basis. There will also be a meet-and-greet in George's Lounge shortly after the event so that students will have the opportunity to meet Bostick as well as ask questions. For more information, contact Roman A. Arispe, student coordinator for SACA, at ra1155@txstate.edu. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Reel Bad Arabs
Reel Bad Arabs

March 31
Film screening:
Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
Wednesday • 6:00 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater

This documentary showcases the stereotypes cast upon people from the Middle East resulting from the negative roles in which they are typecasted in Hollywood cinema. A panel discussion is scheduled to follow the screening. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 50 people to arrive to see the film. Sponsored by Equity and Access Committee and the International Student Association, the film was an "Official Selection" at the Dubai International Film Festival. For more information, contact Laureen Anne G. Zaragoza, President, International Student Association, at lagz@txstate.edu or 210.725.1107. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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The Art of Storytelling
The Art of Storytelling

March 31
The Art of Storytelling

Wednesday • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. •
Cheatham Street Warehouse • 119 Cheatham Street
Hear oral presentations, songs, improv, and dance at historic Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. Performed by students in the honors class The Art of Storytelling. Admission is free and open to the public. For directions and information on Cheatham Street Warehouse, see
http://www.cheathamstreet.com/ Contact John Hood at jh67@txstate.edu for
details. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April

April 1
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Behavioral Genetics: The Clash of Culture and Biology"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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Literacy Speakers Series
Literacy Speakers Series

April 1
Literacy Speakers Series: M. Yvonne Taylor

Writers and Scholars Enlarge Understanding of Diverse Literacies
Thursday • 3:00 p.m. •
Writing Center • Flowers Hall G04
On the first three Thursdays in April, the Texas State University Writing Center will host a Literacy Speakers lecture series. Writers and scholars from the university will discuss how they have faced the challenge of communicating with a diverse audience in various settings, media, and Englishes. The focus is on what shape literacy can take, how it is achieved, what problematizes it, and what forms it will take in the future. The April 1st event features M. Yvonne Taylor, a writer and editor for the Office of University Marketing. The title of her discussion is "Talking White: An African-American Perspective on the Social Costs of Speaking the King’s English." For more information, call Brett Bisceglia at 512.245.3018 or e-mail bb1503@txstate.edu.

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April 1 & 2
Performance: "Den of Thieves
"
Thursday & Friday • 7:30 p.m. •
Theater Building • Room 209
New York City, 1996: A rag-tag gang consisting of two ex-kleptomaniacs, a wannabe Puerto Rican, and a topless dancer attempts to rob a downtown disco. However, they are apprehended by the mob, who offer them a break: "one body and three thumbs." Tied to chairs and able to move only their mouths, the four fight for their lives by out-arguing each other as to who deserves to live. Verbal gymnastics and the struggle for self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-love produce a high-octane battle for survival in this amazing, one-act comedy. Produced by @Random Theatre, written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, and directed by Charlie DiBlasi. Admission by donation. For more information, contact
Zachary Schulte at zachschulte@txstate.edu.

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April 2
Philosophy Dialogue Series: Sustainability Group

Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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April 2
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Talk of the Times
"
Friday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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April 5
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "The Importance of Imagination in Children's Literature"

Monday • 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Juana Bordas: Maximizing Your Leadership Potential
Juana Bordas: Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

April 6
Juana Bordas: Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

Tuesday • 9:00 a.m. • JC Kellam Building, Room 1100 • Reed Parr Room
Presentation. Sponsored by Equity and Access, Finance and Support Services, and LBJ Student Center. For more information, contact Lanita Legan at lanita@txstate.edu. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April 6
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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Juana Bordas: Salsa, Soul & Spirit
Juana Bordas: Salsa, Soul & Spirit

April 6
Juana Bordas: Salsa, Soul & Spirit

Leadership for a Multicultural Age
Tuesday • 7:00 p.m. •
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Presentation and book signing. Sponsored by Equity and Access, Finance and Support Services, and LBJ Student Center. For more information, contact Lanita Legan at lanita@txstate.edu. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April 7
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
"Indegenous Creative Education Among Women of the Luo Community of Western Kenya"

Wednesday • 2:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson

April 7
SPRING COMMON EXPERIENCE SPEAKER: SIR KEN ROBINSON

Wednesday • 8:00 p.m. • Evans Auditorium

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human resources. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for his services to the arts. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education, and the economy for the UK government and All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was a central figure in the peace process in Northern Ireland. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education, and cultural leaders. For 12 years, he taught at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus. He has been honored with the Peabody Medal and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations in the UK and U.S. Robinson's new book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is currently a New York Times Best Seller.
• Official speaker biography: click here (pdf).
• TED Talks: Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity: click here (video)
• Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April 8
Philosophy Dialogue Series: "Homo Ludens: Play-Forms in Philosophy"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine

April 8
Claudia Rankine

Thursday • 3:30 p.m. •
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor
Reading and book signing. Wittliff Collections website: click here

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Literacy Speakers Series
Literacy Speakers Series

April 8
Literacy Speakers Series: Tomás Q. Morín

Writers and Scholars Enlarge Understanding of Diverse Literacies
Thursday • 5:00 p.m. •
Writing Center • Flowers Hall G04
On the first three Thursdays in April, the Texas State University Writing Center will host a Literacy Speakers lecture series. Writers and scholars from the university will discuss how they have faced the challenge of communicating with a diverse audience in various settings, media, and Englishes. The focus is on what shape literacy can take, how it is achieved, what problematizes it, and what forms it will take in the future. The April 8th event features Tomás Q. Morín, a senior lecturer in the Department of English. The title of his discussion is "No Fun with Dick and Jane: Comics, Soap Operas, and Literacy in a Spanish-Speaking Home." For more information, call Brett Bisceglia at 512.245.3018 or e-mail bb1503@txstate.edu.

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Jean Kilbourne: Deadly Persuasion
Jean Kilbourne: Deadly Persuasion

April 8
Jean Kilbourne
Deadly Persuasions: Advertising & Addiction

Thursday • 6:00 p.m. •
LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater
Advertising is an over $250 billion a year industry. We are each exposed to over 3,000 ads a day. The ads sell a great deal more than products. They sell values, images, and concepts of success and worth, love and sexuality, popularity and normalcy. Sometimes they sell addictions. Sponsored by the Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA). Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April 9
Philosophy Dialogue Series: Sustainability Group

Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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April 13
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Morana Alač, University of California–San Diego:

"From Trash to Treasure: Brain Scans and Multimodal Interactions"
Tuesday • 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
——
"Social Technology and Everyday Interaction in a Robotics Laboratory"
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m. • Honors Forum • Lampasas 407
Professor Morana Alač holds a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of California-San Diego and a second Ph.D. in semiotics from the University of Bologna (where she studied with Umberto Eco). She is an expert in the ways that cognitive science and advanced technologies shape human interactions and learning, as well as the ways that cognitive science and advanced technologies help us to study and understand our interactions and how we learn. More information: click here (pdf)

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Literacy Speakers Series
Literacy Speakers Series

April 15
Literacy Speakers Series: Dr. Sandy Rao

Writers and Scholars Enlarge Understanding of Diverse Literacies
Thursday • 3:00 p.m. •
Writing Center • Flowers Hall G04
On the first three Thursdays in April, the Texas State University Writing Center will host a Literacy Speakers lecture series. Writers and scholars from the university will discuss how they have faced the challenge of communicating with a diverse audience in various settings, media, and Englishes. The focus is on what shape literacy can take, how it is achieved, what problematizes it, and what forms it will take in the future. The April 15th event features Dr. Sandy Rao, a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The title of her discussion is "Masala Chat: Of Hinglish, Kanglish, and British English." For more information, call Brett Bisceglia at 512.245.3018 or e-mail bb1503@txstate.edu.

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April 16
13th Annual Texas State University–San Marcos Philosophy Symposium

Friday • 9:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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April 16
Philosophy Dialogue Series: Sustainability Group
"Sustainable Concrete"

Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien

April 21
Tim O'Brien

Wednesday • 3:30 p.m. •
The Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor
Currently holding the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State, Tim O’Brien is the author of Going After Cacciato, winner of the 1979 National Book Award in fiction, and The Things They Carried, which was named by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of l990. He received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction, and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and his novel In the Lake of the Woods was named by Time magazine as the best novel of 1994. His two most recent books, Tomcat in Love and July, July, were national bestsellers. O’Brien’s short stories have appeared in numerous major magazines and anthologies. In 1987 he received the National Magazine Award for his story "The Things They Carried," which was also selected for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. O’Brien has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wittliff Collections website: click here

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Turk Pipkin
Turk Pipkin

April 21
One Peace at a Time: An Evening with Filmmaker Turk Pipkin

Reception: Wednesday • 5:00 p.m. •
Lampasas 407 • Honors Coffee Forum
Film Screening and Q&A: Wednesday • 6:00 p.m. • Flowers Hall 341
Turk Pipkin, founder of the Nobelity Project, is recognized for his long career in books, television, and film. In his film Nobelity, questions about the world’s problems led him to seek out answers from winners of the Nobel Prize. In the inspiring sequel One Peace at a Time, he focuses on solutions to these problems that work. A highly engaging and entertaining speaker, Mr. Pipkin’s ability to look at the big picture when solving problems and his life’s passion for contributing to positive change are infectious. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April 23
Philosophy Dialogue Series: Sustainability Group
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
More information: click here (pdf)

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4th Annual Aquarena Earth Day Celebration
4th Annual Aquarena Earth Day Celebration

April 24
4th Annual Aquarena Earth Day Celebration

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

The River Systems Institute and Aquarena Center are excited to announce that the 4th 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 attendance is expected to be greater than ever as the 40th anniversary of the Earth Day holiday will likely increase publicity about Earth Day celebrations. All are invited to attend and be a part of the spirit of fun, learning, and community that surrounds Aquarena’s uniquely Central Texas take on this holiday, which highlights strengthening local ties. For more information, visit aquarena.txstate.edu or email AquarenaEarthDay@txstate.edu.

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April 26
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Ron Carson, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (retired): "Medical Ethics Inside Out"

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

More information: click here (pdf)

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This Is Your Brain on Stage
This Is Your Brain on Stage

April 26
Staged Reading: "This Is Your Brain on Stage"

Monday • 4:00 p.m. •
Lampasas 407 • Honors Coffee Forum
Theatre students in the course "Actor Artist Aesthetic" perform, write, and explore their creative voice while embracing a collaborative, ensemble-based process for developing original performance work. They explore improvisation techniques, short scripts, storytelling, poetry,  organic song soundscapes, physicalization of language, inspired research, and diverse cultural idiosyncrasies  to create a theatre performance reflective of the voices within the ensemble. The result, “This Is Your Brain on Stage,” embraces aspects of Dan Pink's book, A Whole New Mind. For more information, contact Nadine Mozon at 512.245.0579. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April 27
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Jessica Miller, University of Maine: "Current Issues in Neuro-Ethics"

Tuesday • Time TBA • Venue TBA

More information: click here (pdf)

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Remnants of a War
Remnants of a War

April 28
Film screening: 
Remnants of a War
Wednesday • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Filmmaker Jawad Metni will be on hand for the screening of his film, Remnants of a War.  In the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, one million cluster-bomb munitions rained down upon the fields, orchards, and villages of South Lebanon. An estimated 30% failed to detonate. Three years later, teams of locally recruited and trained deminers race to clear the land before more civilians are injured or killed. Remnants of a War is a feature documentary, photographed in beautiful high-definition, that takes an intimate look into the lives of these brave Muslims and Christians, Sunni and Shia, women and men. They work to make their land safe again, while their country endures the worst political and economic crisis in 15 years. Sponsored by the Social Awareness Documentary Film Club (SADOC), the film screening is free and open to the public. Filmmaker Metni will be present for a discussion. For details on the film, see http://www.remnantsfilm.com/ or the SADOC website: click here. For more information, contact Dr. Jon Lasser at lasser@txstate.edu or 512.245.3413.

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April 30
Philosophy Dialogue Series: Preview of Common Experience for 2010-2011

Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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May

This Is Your Brain on Stage
This Is Your Brain on Stage

May 3
Open Rehearsal Process: "This Is Your Brain on Stage"

Monday • 4:00 p.m. • Theater Building • Studio 113

Theatre students in the course "Actor Artist Aesthetic" perform, write, and explore their creative voice while embracing a collaborative, ensemble-based process for developing original performance work. They explore improvisation techniques, short scripts, storytelling, poetry,  organic song soundscapes, physicalization of language, inspired research, and diverse cultural idiosyncrasies  to create a theatre performance reflective of the voices within the ensemble. The result, “This Is Your Brain on Stage,” embraces aspects of Dan Pink's book, A Whole New Mind. For more information, contact Nadine Mozon at 512.245.0579. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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The Art of Storytelling
The Art of Storytelling

May 5
The Art of Storytelling

Wednesday • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. •
Cheatham Street Warehouse • 119 Cheatham Street
Hear oral presentations, songs, improv, and dance at historic Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. Performed by students in the honors class The Art of Storytelling. Admission is free and open to the public. For directions and information on Cheatham Street Warehouse, see
http://www.cheathamstreet.com/ Contact John Hood at jh67@txstate.edu for
details. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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This Is Your Brain on Stage
This Is Your Brain on Stage

May 12
Two Open Process Performances: "This Is Your Brain on Stage"

Wednesday • 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. •
Theater Building • Studio 113
Theatre students in the course "Actor Artist Aesthetic" perform, write, and explore their creative voice while embracing a collaborative, ensemble-based process for developing original performance work. They explore improvisation techniques, short scripts, storytelling, poetry, organic song soundscapes, physicalization of language, inspired research, and diverse cultural idiosyncrasies  to create a theatre performance reflective of the voices within the ensemble. The result, “This Is Your Brain on Stage,” embraces aspects of Dan Pink's book, A Whole New Mind. For more information, contact Nadine Mozon at 512.245.0579. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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