The Common Experience team has now posted a call inviting faculty and staff to submit proposals for the 2017-2018 Common Experience theme. Because the Common Experience is a collaborative initiative at Texas State crossing departmental and divisional boundaries, we encourage proposals that address important themes that can foster a broad, inclusive conversation among faculty, staff, students, and the broader central Texas community.
Each year a multi-disciplinary group of faculty, staff and students has created distinctive experiences for our community that included on-campus presentations by such persons as Maya Angelou, Edward James Olmos, Daniel Pink, Sir Ken Robinson, Soledad O’Brien, and Robert Rodriguez, and special events such as a conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. The 2015-2016 Common Experience theme, "Bridged Through Stories: Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico, An Homage to Dr. Tomás Rivera," used …Y No Se Lo Tragó La Tierra / …And the Earth Did Not Devour Him as a Common Reader. A team is currently working on the 2016-2017 theme, "A Century of Conflict: Dialogues on the U.S. Experience of War since 1917."
The Common Experience proposal selected should show a strong connection to a theme and events that cross academic boundaries and that bridge academic affairs and student affairs. The proposal should reflect collaborative potential as well. A committee will coordinate the main Common Experience speaker with LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series. A Common Experience team will review all proposals submitted and will give special attention to proposals that reflect one (or more) of the following characteristics:
Proposals are due on or before April 1, 2016 and should be emailed to Dr. Ron Brown, Assistant Vice President for Academic Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposers will have the opportunity to discuss their proposal with the selection committee in April. Decisions on proposals will be made and communicated no later than May 1, 2016.
If you have any questions regarding proposals, please contact the co-chairs of the Common Experience:
Dr. Pam Wuestenberg
Ms. Diann McCabe
Dr. Ron Brown