All Semester: Spaces, Sounds, and Souls: A Global Odyssey
All Semester: Forum of Music
September 13: Fetus Envy Film
September 21: Student Undergraduate Research Fund Workshop
September 27: Kelsey Timmerman, Guest
October 3: Meet the Professor Night
October 6: Freshman Retreat
October 11: Lampasas Hall Dedication
October 22-24: A Global Odyssey Film Festival
October 29: Ethan Zuckerman, Guest
November 1-2: Dia de los Muertos Celebrations
November 7: Del Shores, Guest
November 15: World Enough and Time: Poems of World Travel
November 26: Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
On November 26, Honors professor Dr. Catherine Hawkins shared stories, pictures, and interesting information about her recent trip to Ethiopia. Dr. Hawkins travelled to the rich cultured country to learn more about their burgeoning educational structures and to begin organizing a possible abroad course there.
Honors student Hylary Ahrendt also spoke about her experience in India as a teacher and "sister." Hylary currently has photos from her journey on display in the Coffee Forum at this semster's Common Experience exhibit. She presented her photos at the event as well.
Finally, Honors student Zoha Shafiq shared and described her family photos on display in the exhibit as well. Zoha's family is from Pakistan and she shared their personal experience and history through the photos.
World Enough and Time: Poems of World Travel
Hear images of world travel in an early evening of live music and poetry in the Honors Coffee Forum. The Art Carvajal Quartet will start with jazz selections, followed by featured poets including John Blair, Ogaga Ifowodo, Roger Jones, Kathleen Peirce, and Steve Wilson, all from the MFA Program at Texas State
Philosophy Dialogue Series
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 2:00 pm | DERR 111
Del Shores presented a joint Philosophy Dialogue Series lecture with the Honors College's Introduction to LGBTQ Studies class.
The Theatre Department hosted an informal presentation of Del Shores’ monologues and commentaries; a reception followed!
Dia de los Muertos Celebrations
The Honors College in conjunction with the Center for International Studies celebrated this holiday by making our own altar, which was located in the Honors College Coffee Forum. Stop by from now until November 1 to make your own contribution in remembrance of those who have passed.
Día de los Muertos Campus and San Marcos Community Celebration
An evening filled with art, music, dance, food, and crafts in the tradition of the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos. Free and open to the entire campus and local community, this event was sponsored by Hombres Unidas, Latinas Unidas, the Honors College, the Center for the Study of the Southwest, Multicultural Programs, and El Centro Hispano Culturo de San Marcos. Bring altar contributions like photographs of your loved ones!
5:30 p.m. - Meet in Centennial Hall, Room G02 for “Dressed for Eternity" **
6:00 p.m. - Board bus by the Bobcat statue—watch for guides
6:15-8:30 p.m - A Community Celebration of Dia de los Muertos at El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos
8:30 p.m. - Board bus back to campus
On October 29 in the Evans Auditorium Ethan Zuckerman gave the Texas State Fall 2012 Common Experience speech.A senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, Ethan Zuckerman is an Internet activist and scholar whose work
focuses on the global blogosphere, free expression and social translation
in the developing world. As the director of the MIT Center for Civic
Media, he contributes both to the understanding of the role and power of
civic media in the broader media ecosystem, and builds tools
that help communities around the world share their perspectives and
For more information on Ethan Zuckerman, see his TED Talk
http://www.ted.com/talks/ethan_zuckerman.html, read some of his ideas
http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/ and his biography
A Global Odyssey Film Festival
Lampasas Hall Dedication
On Thursday October 11, along with President Denise M. Trauth, we celebrated the 100 year anniversary and dedication of Lampasas Hall. Lampasas Hall is the second oldest building still standing on the Texas State University Campus, was originally built as the Manual Arts Building in 1912. By 1942, it was known as the Home Economics Building. In 1947, it was renovated and converted into the university's first student center. The Department of Art moved into the building in 1962, when the upper patio was enclosed to create more classrooms. In 1977, the arched patio on the lower level was enclosed to create faculty offices. The building was named Lampasas Hall in 2003. In 2005, it became home to the Honors College and the Center for International Studies. The building paint was stripped from the original structure in 2007 revealing the unique brickwork. In 2012, art studios on the second and third floors were reconfigured to provide faculty offices.
October 6 • Saturday • 12:15pm • Lampasas
At the Freshman Honors Retreat, Honors faculty and staff helped build community among Honors freshmen by providing an opportunity for them to get to know each other, to engage in fun, creative activities together, and to envision their futures as Honors students. The day concluded with a dinner to which faculty and honors alumni were invited.
Meet the Professor Night
Attending Meet the Professor Night can help you make decisions about which honors courses you will take. Meet the Professor Night is held prior to the beginning of early registration every semester. At this event, honors professors pitch their classes to honors students. This event also gives students the opportunity to pre-register for honors courses. For each honors class a student wishes to take, he or she will fill out a form, and turn it in to an honors staff member.
If the number of students who fill out forms for a given class is less than the number of seats in the class, all of the students who filled out forms will be able to register for that course during Early Registration. If the number of students who fill out forms for a given class exceeds the number of seats, the students will be entered into a lottery for the spots.
After Early Registration, all Honors courses are open to all Honors students on a first come, first served basis.
September 27 • Thursday • 1:30 PM • Honors Coffee Forum
Timmerman held a book signing and Q & A.
Thursday • 7:00 PM • Strahan Coliseum
When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. Where Am I Wearing?, the 2012-13 Common Experience reader intimately describes the connection between impoverished garment workers' standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle. By introducing readers to the human element of globalization—the factory workers, their names, their families, and their way of life—Where Am I Wearing bridges the gap between global producers and consumers. All are invited to hear Timmerman describe his experiences in this talk.
Fetus Envy Film
September 13 • Thursday • 2:00-3:00pm • Lampasas 502B
After the screening, writer and director, Melissa Maxwell will be on hand for a discussion. This event is open to all.
Visit fetusenvy.com for more information on the film.
From the website, about the film:
"[FETUS ENVY]...a timely, political satire that takes a sobering look at the “War on Women” and the criminalization of reproductive rights, by examining where our culture is headed when critical decisions affecting women’s healthcare are commandeered by ambitious politicians and faceless bureaucrats.
Think this sounds ridiculous? Think this is over the top? Think this would never happen? THINK AGAIN! “In South Carolina alone, an estimated 300 women have been arrested for actions taken during pregnancy. Rennie Gibbs of Mississippi age 15 faces life in jail after a miscarriage, Bei Bei Shuai of Indiana has been charged with foeticide and sits in jail without parole, and Amanda Kimborough of Alabama, mother of 3, faces 10 years behind bars if convicted of causing her miscarriage…and her three children risk losing their mother.”
The war on women is real — and dangerous. This isn’t about left or right. This is about putting the power of women’s health and reproductive rights back where it belongs:
IN THE HANDS OF WOMEN
Fetus Envy, it’s not just a film; it’s a movement!"
Spaces, Sounds, and Souls: A Global Odyssey
Every year, the Honors Coffee Forum houses a different exhibit that correlates to that year's Common Experience theme. The theme of the 2012-13 academic year was A Global Odyssey. This year, the Gallery of the Common Experience displayed art pieces that illustrated both the diversity of human experience and the diversity of the global landscape.