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Common Experience

Designing Our Future

A message from our director about plans for the 2020-2021 Common Experience at Texas State.


2020-2021 Theme

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

About the Theme


Our theme this year considers motion and the forces behind everything, everywhere. When we understand the dynamics that affect our lives, we can find ways to change the world.

Erika LeMaster showing the Heart of Texas hand sign in the Texas State University quad area

Ideas in Motion

Special content focused on our 2020-2021 academic theme: Dynamics. See our newest feature by alumna Erika LeMaster.
Actress America Ferrera

Common Reading

This year's book is American Like Me, edited by actress America Ferrera. First-year students will receive free access to the digital eBook when classes start in August 2020.

#1 in the nation

Our Common Experience is the nation's leading initiative of its kind.
Student asking a question at a Common Experience event


The Common Experience at Texas State offers more academic events and opportunities than any other university. Real facetime with some of the world's leading voices.

LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series

Honoring the legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States and Texas State alumnus, by inviting the world's most exceptional voices to speak on our campus.
Award-winning actor/hip-hop artist Common speaking onstage

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.