Common Experience


2021-2022 Theme

Texas State University presents an academic theme each year with events for everyone. This is our Common Experience.

About the Theme

Our 2021-2022 theme is an academic exploration of genuine human kindness — for ourselves, for others, and for everything around us. Compassion moves everyone.


The Common Experience at Texas State offers more academic events and opportunities than any other university.
Student asking a question at a Common Experience event
Book cover of "This Book Will Make You Kinder"

Common Reading

This year's selection is The Book Will Make You Kinder by Henry James Garrett. First-year students will receive free access to the digital eBook once fall classes begin.
Dr. Temple Grandin delivering a TED Talk

Dr. Temple Grandin

MARCH 2 & 3, 2022
The Common Experience Insight Series presents the world's most inspirational voice on autism spectrum awareness.
Award-winning actor/hip-hop artist Common speaking onstage

LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series

Honoring the legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States and Texas State alumnus, by inviting extraordinary leaders to share their experiences.

#1 in the nation

Our Common Experience is the nation's leading initiative of its kind.

Gallery of the Common Experience

Exhibitions on our theme, open to the public.

Our History

Previous themes, speakers, and books that have shaped the Common Experience at Texas State, 2004 to present.