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September 2020

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Location:
Alkek Library Teaching Theater, Room 250; Teaching Theater, Room 250
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Kanon
Department of Philosophy
ek17@txstate.edu
512.245.6597
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Department
Official Common Experience Event
 
The Dynamics of Space Settlement: Patterns, Motivations and Driving Forces
 
The Space Settlement Symposium is a roundtable conversation on the United Nations Outer Space Treaty of 1967 — currently the only regulatory agreement for the use of outer space. As more nations and private organizations innovate to access and pursue resources beyond the Earth, questions must be addressed about regulating activities to uphold the UN sentiment that "no one can own outer space."

Presenters:

Emma Hinds Lehnhardt
Program Planning and Control Manager
NASA Gateway Program
“Status Update and Future Plans for the Lunar Gateway”
Virtual presentation

Dr. Andrea Banzatti
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
Texas State University
“Exoplanets: New Worlds at the Horizon”

Chris Elley
Electro-Fish Media, Inc.
Texas State Alumnus
Discussion of his documentary on oral histories of the first moon landing.
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October 2020

Location:
To be determined.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Margo Handwerker
Director, Texas State Galleries
mkh102@txstate.edu
512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries
Official Common Experience Event
 
Professor Ronald Rael holds the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture and a joint appointment in the Department of Architecture and the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2014 his creative practice, Rael San Fratello (with architect Virginia San Fratello), was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York. In 2016 Rael San Fratello was also awarded the Digital Practice Award of Excellence by the The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA).
 
Rael is the author of Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary (2017), an illustrated biography and protest of the wall dividing the U.S. from Mexico, and Earth Architecture (2008), a history of building with earth in the modern era to exemplify new, creative uses of the oldest building material on the planet. Emerging Objects, a company co-founded by Rael, is an independent, creatively driven, 3D Printing MAKE-tank specializing in innovations in 3D printing architecture, building components, environments and products.

His work has been published in the New York Times, Wired, MARK, Domus, Metropolis Magazine, PRAXIS, Thresholds, Log, and Public Art Review, and it has been included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Hostile Terrain 94, an exhibition on view at Texas State Galleries from August 24 to November 10, 2020.
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November 2020

Location:
Multiple events with locations to be determined; these events may be presented in-person, online, or via hybrid delivery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Corey Benbow
corey@txstate.edu
512.245.3465
Campus Sponsor:
Student Government, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students Office, Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA), LBJ Student Center, Office of Retention Management and Planning, Student Involvement, Texas State Athletics, University Police Department, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Senate, Leadership Institute, International Students and Scholar Services, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Events
Diversity Week Events — November 9-14, 2020

 
About Diversity Week at Texas State
Texas State University values a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life. In the spirit of Texas State's values and mission, Student Government is hosting its second annual Diversity Week by collaborating and co-sponsoring events dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to come to together in unity.
 
Individual event listings will be added to the calendar when plans are finalized.
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December 2020

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January 2021

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February 2021

Location:
To be determined
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Alexis Stokes
Department of Finance and Economics
as44@txstate.edu
512.245.6371
Campus Sponsor:
McCoy College of Business
Official Common Experience Event
Business Leadership Week 2021 (Title Forthcoming)
February 22-26, 2021

 
About Business Leadership Week
Business Leadership Week engages the students and faculty of Texas State University and the local community in conversations and learning about  business leadership ideas that extend beyond textbooks and classrooms by offering guest lectures, interactive events and contests, and forums for discussion.
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Location:
To be determined
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ramces Luna
Leadership Institute
ramcesluna@txstate.edu
512.245.5329
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students Office, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
Free Registration
(required; link opens in January 2021)
 
The Dean of Students Office will host the Texas State Leadership Institute Annual Conference on February 26-27, 2021. The primary purpose of the conference is to bring together students to learn leadership skills, engage in values-based activities that foster personal leadership development, build a unified community, cultivate social responsibility, and inspire students to adopt a new way of life while expanding their leadership potential.
 
Website
Leadership Institute Annual Conference
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Location:
To be determined
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ramces Luna
Leadership Institute
ramcesluna@txstate.edu
512.245.5329
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students Office, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
Free Registration
(required; link opens in January 2021)
 
The Dean of Students Office will host the Texas State Leadership Institute Annual Conference on February 26-27, 2021. The primary purpose of the conference is to bring together students to learn leadership skills, engage in values-based activities that foster personal leadership development, build a unified community, cultivate social responsibility, and inspire students to adopt a new way of life while expanding their leadership potential.
 
Website
Leadership Institute Annual Conference
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March 2021

Location:
To be determined.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Danielle McEwen
Department of Psychology
dl1120@txstate.edu
512.245.8144
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Psychology; University Lecture Series; Common Experience; College of Liberal Arts; Department of Geography; Department of Communication Disorders; Department of Sociology; The Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation and Support (CARES); Departments of English, Anthropology, Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction, World Languages and Literature, Political Science; and Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology (CLAS)
Common Experience Insight Series
 
Dr. Temple Grandin: "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds"
Temple Grandin was nonverbal until nearly four years of age. Through the love and support of her family and teachers, she was able to attend school despite being teased and bullied. Inspired by her science teacher, she embarked on a career in science studying animal husbandry, for which she has received much notoriety. At the age of 18, she invented the “squeeze box” as a way of coping with extreme anxiety. Dr. Grandin’s books about her interior life as an autistic person have increased the world's understanding of the condition with personal immediacy — and with import, as rates of autism diagnoses rise. She is now one the most visible and leading advocates for individuals with autism.
 
Her life was brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Dr. Grandin was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences September 2016.

Note:
This event was originally scheduled for March 25, 2020, but was postponed due to pandemic protocol. Those who had reserved tickets for the original event will have first opportunity when ticketing opens for this new date.
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April 2021

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May 2021

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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.