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To support Texas State University's social distancing measures, all remaining Common Experience events for the spring 2020 semester have been canceled or postponed.

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April 2020

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until April 30
Location:
LBJ Student Center
3rd Floor Gallery, Room 3-21.3
; 3rd Floor Gallery, Room 3-21.3
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Bri McDonald
Student Curator, LBJSC Gallery
bcm82@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
LBJ Student Center Fine Arts Advisory Board
THIS EXHIBITION IS PENDING.
An update will be posted after Spring Break.

 
Official Common Experience Exhibition
 
Complementing this year's Common Experience theme, LBJ Student Center Gallery's Truth exhibition seeks to showcase student art expressing various perspectives through a creative lens. Through the pairing of performance and gallery works, the exhibition acts as a bridge to discuss different "Truths" and "Truths within Art."

This exhibition runs March 26 to May 1, 2020.
 
Website
LBJ Student Center Gallery
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
Topic
Neuroscience, Personal Identity, and the Unity of Consciousness
 
Presenters
• Dialogue Class Special Guest: Jonathan Surovell, Department of Philosophy
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event
Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC)
Conference Room 124
; Conference Room 124
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Erika K. Nielson
Assistant Director of the Common Experience
erika.nielson@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Part of "The Truth About Things" Series

 
The “Truth About First-Generation Students” discussion event will provide a space to ask questions of experts about the first-generation student experience. A first-generation student is someone whose parents/guardians did not complete a four-year college degree or a student raised by a single parent/guardian who did not complete a four-year college degree. Audience members at this event will have opportunities to ask questions throughout the discussion in order to better understand the stories and experiences of first-generation students.

Sponsor: Texas State University Advancement

Discussion Experts:
  • Enrique Aguayo, doctoral student, University of Texas at Austin
  • Nicole Marburger, owner, Legacy Real Estate Group
  • Kerri Qunell, chief marketing officer, Trinity Episcopal School
  • Rodrigo Aguayo, program coordinator, Project MALES
  • Amanda Loredo, software test manager, COLSA Corporation
more about event
Location:
San Marcos Public Library
625 E. Hopkins St.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
Topic
Identity and Mental Health
 
Presenters
• Angie Carballo, Director of Human Resources, Live Oak Living Community
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
Topic
Social Identities: The Lies that Bind
 
Presenters
• Edu Tellez, Dialogue Student
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy, @justicetalktxst
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
Topic
Political Pulse: The Political Experience of American Women Part II: The Media's Treatment of Women in Politics
 
Presenters
• Carrie Crisp, Department of Philosophy
• Reannon Sublett
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
Topic
Responsibilities of Universities for Academic Freedom, Diversity, and Inclusion
 
Presenters
• Philosophy of Law Class Special Guest: Julie Reuben, Harvard Graduate School of Education
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event

until April 17
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall, Room 407
; 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Riley Taber
Gallery of the Common Experience
rft12@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Gallery of the Common Experience, Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Exhibition
Gallery of the Common Experience

 
In this exhibition, members of the Fine Arts Student Association (FASA) of Texas State University question the subjectivity of ethics and truth and explore the origins and intersectionality of our existence. Working from various experiences and perspectives, FASA brings work together to explore the different ways we communicate our individual truths, and how these serve to create and dissect a collective definition of truth.
 
This exhibition runs February 6 through April 17, 2020.
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
Topic
The Political Education of College Students: Learning from History
 
Presenters
• Dialogue Class Special Guest: Julie Reuben, Harvard Graduate School of Education
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
Topic
Tau Talks: Involuntary Help: Coercion and Mental Health
presented by Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honor Society
 
Presenters
• Declan Ward, Philosophy graduate student
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event
Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC)
Conference Room 124
; Conference Room 124
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Erika Nielson
Assistant Director of the Common Experience
erika.nielson@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Part of "The Truth About Things" Series

 
The “Truth About Your Legal Rights” discussion event will provide a space to ask questions of experts about your legal rights, including criminal defense, debt settlement, and rental properties. These experts will share who they are and what you need to know about your legal rights. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions throughout the discussion in order to understand more about your rights, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated.

Discussion Experts:
  • Brian Baker, J.D., lecturer, School of Criminal Justice, Texas State
  • Angelica Coronado, J.D., attorney at law, Attorney for Students Office, Texas State
  • Kama Davis, J.D., attorney at law, Attorney for Students Office, Texas State
  • Shannon Fitzpatrick, J.D., attorney at law, retired, Attorney for Students Office, Texas State
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more about event

Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Room 208
; 208
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Marc A. Wallace
Department of Political Science
maw301@txstate.edu
512.245.3269
Campus Sponsor:
Discouse in Democracy and the Department of Political Science
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
An update will be issued once a makeup date has been set.

 
Official Common Experience Event
Discourse in Democracy Series

 
Repping the (Grass) Roots:
From Community Advocate to Elected Official

 
Austin City Council member Natasha Harper-Madison represents Austin’s District 1, the part of town where she was born and raised. Her upbringing endowed her with an intimate knowledge of her community’s strengths and its unique struggles. The lessons she learned as a successful small business owner on the Eastside led her down a path towards advocacy. She served as president of the East 12th Street Merchants Association and also founded East Austin Advocates, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting under-represented residents with the resources they need to succeed. Her community-level activism sparked Harper-Madison’s interest in seeking public office, a goal she achieved with her first campaign for City Council in 2018. She is the chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and sits on the Housing and Planning Committee, Judicial Committee, and Regional Affordability Committee. She is a thriving breast cancer survivor.
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
Topic
Food Insecurity and Food Justice: Opportunities and Implications
 
Presenters
• Cassandra Johnson, School of Family and Consumer Sciences
• Lesli Biediger-Friedman, School of Family and Consumer Sciences
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy, @justicetalktxst
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
Topic
Political Pulse: Who’s Still Running? Who’s Winning?
 
Presenters
• Carrie Crisp, Department of Philosophy
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event
Location:
Centennial Hall, Room 157; 157
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Anton Dochtermann
Department of Mathematics
512.245.3740
dochtermann@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Mathematics, Department of Political Science, Mathworks, Honors College, Common Experience
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FALL 2020.
An update will be issued once a makeup date has been set.

 
Official Common Experience Event
 
The event will feature a 45-minute presentation by Daryl DeFord, a member of the the Geometric Data Processing Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), whose work focuses on building tools and developing theory for detecting and combating gerrymandering. Presentation followed by a panel discussion with members of academia, voting rights groups, and citizens' commission on redistricting.

 
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center
Room 3-10.1
; 3-10.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Melanie Liddle
Honors College
ugresearch@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
THIS EVENT IS PENDING.
Conference organizers are exploring options for an online format. An update will be posted once details have been determined.

 
Official Common Experience Event
 
Deadline for submitting student abstracts for poster presentations is Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
 
The Undergraduate Research Conference (April 22-24, 2020) provides a venue for students to present their Honors theses to the academic and university communities. Along with providing leadership development for students in presentation skills, the conference is a celebration of the culmination of students' self-driven academic projects. 
 
Two and a half days of presentations are followed by an undergraduate research poster session. Poster session open to all undergraduates.
 
Website
Undergraduate Research Conference
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center
Room 3-10.1
; 3-10.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Melanie Liddle
Honors College
ugresearch@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
THIS EVENT IS PENDING.
Conference organizers are exploring options for an online format. An update will be posted once details have been determined.

 
Official Common Experience Event
 
Deadline for submitting student abstracts for poster presentations is Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
 
The Undergraduate Research Conference (April 22-24, 2020) provides a venue for students to present their Honors theses to the academic and university communities. Along with providing leadership development for students in presentation skills, the conference is a celebration of the culmination of students' self-driven academic projects.
 
Two and a half days of presentations are followed by an undergraduate research poster session. Poster session open to all undergraduates.

Website
Undergraduate Research Conference
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center
Room 3-10.1
; 3-10.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Melanie Liddle
Honors College
ugresearch@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
THIS EVENT IS PENDING.
Conference organizers are exploring options for an online format. An update will be posted once details have been determined.

 
Official Common Experience Event
 
Deadline for submitting student abstracts for poster presentations is Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
 
The Undergraduate Research Conference (April 22-24, 2020) provides a venue for students to present their Honors theses to the academic and university communities. Along with providing leadership development for students in presentation skills, the conference is a celebration of the culmination of students' self-driven academic projects.
 
Two and a half days of presentations are followed by an undergraduate research poster session. Poster session open to all undergraduates.

Website
Undergraduate Research Conference
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Melanie Liddle
Honors College
ugresearch@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
THIS EVENT IS PENDING.
Conference organizers are exploring options for an online format. An update will be posted once details have been determined.

 
Official Common Experience Event
 
Deadline for submitting student abstracts for poster presentations is Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
 
Official Common Experience Event
 
Poster session is open to all undergraduates.
Deadline for submitting student abstracts for poster presentations is Monday, March 16, 2020.
Submission Form
 
The Undergraduate Research Conference (April 22-24, 2020) provides a venue for students to present their Honors theses to the academic and university communities. Along with providing leadership development for students in presentation skills, the conference is a celebration of the culmination of students' self-driven academic projects.
 
Two and a half days of presentations are followed by an undergraduate research poster session.
 
Website
Undergraduate Research Conference
more about event

Location:
Nursing Building Auditorium
Round Rock Campus
; Auditorium
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Matt Brooks
Associate Dean, College of Health Professions
mbrooks@txstate.edu
512.245.2238
Campus Sponsor:
College of Health Professions
Official Common Experience Event
 
Aaron Beam was a co-founder of Healthsouth and the company’s first chief financial officer (CFO). From 1984 to 1996 he helped grow Healthsouth into a Fortune 500 company. However, in 1996 he took part in an accounting fraud at the company that became one of the largest corporate fraud cases in American history. In 2003 he pled guilty to the crime and was sent to federal prison. Beam began his public speaking career in 2008. His primary message focuses on corporate fraud, who is actually responsible, how it takes place, and what can be done to prevent it. His first book — Healthsouth: The Wagon to Disaster — was published in 2009. His second book was published in 2015: Ethics Playbook: Winning Ethically in Business.

5:30-6:30 p.m. – reception and book signing
6:30-7:30 p.m. – presentation
 
Note: This event is intended specifically for faculty and staff in the College of Health Professions and members of the healthcare community in Round Rock.
more about event
Location:
Education Building, Room 1007; 1007
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Diane Osborne
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
do11@txstate.edu
512.245.3680
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Official Common Experience Event
Quetzal Critical Film Series

 
The film Show Me Democracy (2017) reveals the truth of what it takes to fight injustice following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. Amidst the storm of Ferguson, seven St. Louis college students evolve into advocates and activists as they demand change through policy and protest.
more about event

May 2020

Location:
LBJ Student Center
3rd Floor Gallery, Room 3-21.3
; 3rd Floor Gallery, Room 3-21.3
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Bri McDonald
Student Curator, LBJSC Gallery
bcm82@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
LBJ Student Center Fine Arts Advisory Board
THIS EXHIBITION IS PENDING.
An update will be posted after Spring Break.

 
Official Common Experience Exhibition
 
Complementing this year's Common Experience theme, LBJ Student Center Gallery's Truth exhibition seeks to showcase student art expressing various perspectives through a creative lens. Through the pairing of performance and gallery works, the exhibition acts as a bridge to discuss different "Truths" and "Truths within Art."

This exhibition runs March 26 to May 1, 2020.
 
Website
LBJ Student Center Gallery
more about event

About Starred Events
A few events each year are included in the Common Experience as part of annual or ongoing partnerships that are not necessarily related to the theme. These events are recognized as key opportunities for common experiences that build community; they are designated with a Texas State star in their titles.