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Common Experience


2020-2021 Theme

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

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.

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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.

Common Reading

This year's book is American Like Me, edited by actress America Ferrera. First-year students receive free access to the digital eBook.
Actress America Ferrera
DaLyah Jones smiling during a podcast recording

Ideas in Motion

Special content focused on our 2020-2021 academic theme: Dynamics. See our December feature on alumna DaLyah Jones.
U.S. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez holding her medals from the 2016 Rio Games.

Laurie Hernandez

OCTOBER 20, 2020
The Common Experience Insight Series presents U.S. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.
John Quinones smiling on a TV news set

John Quiñones

November 9, 2020

The LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series presents John Quiñones — ABC News veteran and host of What Would You Do?

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

#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.