Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
— First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States
The Common Experience theme for 2011-2012 is "Freedoms: The First Amendment," an interdisciplinary theme that affects all departments, offices, and organizations at Texas State—thus allowing for a cross-disciplinary, cross-campus, and multi-organizational conversation. The First Amendment protects the basic freedoms of religion, expression (speech), press, and assembly. Discussion and examination of the First Amendment will allow students, faculty, and staff to understand the Founding Fathers' intentions regarding basic freedoms.
• Constitution of the United States
• Overview of the Common Experience at Texas State
• 2011-2012 summer reading book: The United States Constitution
• Summer Reading Program
• Previous Common Experience themes