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The Common Experience at Texas State University is a yearlong initiative that cultivates a campus-wide conversation on a theme. The Common Experience enhances student participation in the intellectual life of the campus, and it fosters a sense of community throughout the campus and beyond.

As part of the Common Experience, the Common Reading Program provides all incoming freshmen with a critically acclaimed book related to the upcoming year's theme. You will read the book and engage in discussion of the text in your University Seminar class at Texas State. You will also participate in Common Experience events throughout the year.

The Common Reading Program joins similar programs at hundreds of universities and colleges to prepare students for discussion both at the university and with members of the community. The program aims to:

  • introduce you to the Common Experience at Texas State
  • encourage your participation in the intellectual life of the campus
  • foster a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff

The Common Experience theme for 2014-2015 is "Exploring Democracy’s Promise: From Segregation to Integration." This theme highlights the 50th anniversary of Texas State University’s integration. It also marks the 50th anniversary of many programs aimed at eliminating extreme poverty and racial injustice — programs created by President Lyndon B. Johnson, this university’s most famous graduate.

The Common Reading book for 2014-2015 is Coming of Age in Mississippi, the classic autobiography by Anne Moody. Her true story is a remarkable tale of courage in the face of hatred, racism, and constant threats in the mid-20th-century South.

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