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Common Experience


2019-2020 Theme

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

About the Theme

Our theme for 2019-2020 is an examination of authenticity. From understanding university truth — in scholarship and research — to a definition of Universal Truth. From your own personal truth to a sense of honesty, accuracy, validity, and truthfulness.

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 in the nation. Real facetime with some of the world's leading voices.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha in white physician coat with stethoscope

Common Reading

All incoming first-year students receive a Common Reading book related to the theme. For 2019-2020: What the Eyes Don't See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.
Astronaut José Hernández delivers the LBJ Distinguished Lecture in October 2018

LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series

Honoring the legacy of alumnus Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States. The series fulfills his 1973 promise to bring important leaders to the university to share their philosophies, perspectives and experiences.

#1 in the nation

Our Common Experience is the top initiative of its kind, leading in events, participation and social media engagement.

Gallery of the Common Experience

Exhibitions related to each year's theme, free and open to the public.