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Our Common Experience is the nation's #1 initiative of its kind, offering more academic event opportunities than any other university.

Additional events will be listed below as details are finalized. We add new events continuously throughout the academic year.

September 2019

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until Sept. 30
Location:
Texas State Galleries
Joann Cole Mitte Building, Room 2121
; Texas State Galleries (Room 2121)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
info@txstgalleries.org
512.245.2647
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries
Official Common Experience Exhibition
 
Philosophy of the Encounter (2016–18) by artist Tatiana Istomina is an exhibition based on the story of Hélène Rytman, who was murdered in 1980 by her husband, the prominent philosopher Louis Althusser. Althusser’s texts continue to be appreciated while Rytman has been forgotten, despite her role in Althusser’s life and influence on his intellectual career. In death, as in life, Rytman is silenced — an insignificant woman lost in the shadow of her famous husband. Istomina reconstructs their story from Hélène’s point of view and explores the implications of these events on Althusser's philosophical theories. Never before seen together in its entirety, Philosophy of the Encounter is a multi-media body of work consisting of sculptures made in collaboration with artist Mona Sharma, a puppet-performance staged for video, works on paper, and an artist book.
 
This exhibition runs August 26 to November 12, 2019.
 
Website
Texas State Galleries
more about event

Location:
Evans Auditorium
Texas State University

Live-streamed to Round Rock Campus, Avery 252
Cost:
Free for students, faculty, and staff; other ticket prices TBA
Contact:
Twister Marquiss
Director of the Common Experience
twister@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Common Experience Insight Series

 
Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., is a physician, professor, and public health advocate who spearheaded efforts to reveal, publicize, and fix the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In 2014, a change in the city’s water source resulted in astronomical amounts of lead leaching into the drinking water, causing irreversible damage to Flint’s residents. As a local pediatrician, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was terrified by the poisonous levels of lead in the water, and she was shocked that the government ignored complaints, protests, and reports from citizens, journalists, and experts. She held a press conference where she revealed her team’s findings before they were peer-reviewed, prioritizing the health of her community over the risk to her career. She faced a brutal backlash, but her persistence paid off: the city switched the water back to its original source and President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency.

Dr. Hanna-Attisha has since been called to testify twice before the United States Congress, was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Her first-hand account of the Flint water crisis — What the Eyes Don't See — is Texas State's 2019-2020 Common Reading book.
 
This event will be live-streamed to the Round Rock Campus, Avery Building room 252.
 
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Common Reading

txstate.edu/commonexperience/book
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Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Room 310
Texas State University
; 310
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Marc A. Wallace
Department of Political Science
maw301@txstate.edu
512.245.3269
Campus Sponsor:
Discourse in Democracy Series, Department of Political Science
Official Common Experience Event
Discourse in Democracy Series

 
Texas State's 2019-2020 Common Reading book is What the Eyes Don't See by Dr. Hanna-Attisha, a firsthand look at the water crisis in Flint Michigan (Dr. Hanna-Attisha will speak at Evans Auditorium on Sept. 18). The Public Administration Program has scheduled a panel discussion to examine two of the most destructive water crises in the United States: Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1993 and Flint, Michigan in 2014. The presentation will compare the two crises, focusing specifically on the differences in local governmental response within each city. In this era of a new civil rights movement under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter, racial tensions are once again at the forefront of the national discourse. As an integral part of that discourse, the Flint case demonstrates how racist attitudes and actions create differing realities for individuals of different racial backgrounds — especially in times of crisis.

Panelists:
  • Holly Doyle, District Director for State Representative Erin Zwiener and author of Bad Water, Dirty Politics: Contrasting Governmental Responses to Two U.S. Water Crises.
  • Dr. Dianne Rahm, public administration professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State who has written extensively on environmental law and sustainability.
Discourse in Democracy
polisci.txstate.edu/news/discourse-in-democracy
more about event

Location:
Lampasas Hall, Room 407; 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Sotolongo
Honors College
ms84@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, League of Women Voters of Hays County
​Visit Lampasas Hall on Tuesday, September 24, to update your voter registration or fill out your first one. Feel free to ask questions about the voting process or find out more about upcoming local elections.
 
About National Voter Registration Day
On September 24, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will coordinate efforts to register voters. National Voter Registration Day is a day of civic unity and an opportunity to celebrate the rights and opportunities we all share as Americans.

✯ About Starred Events: While 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.
more about event
Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Room 310
Texas State University
; 310
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Marc A. Wallace
Department of Political Science
maw301@txstate.edu
512.245.3269
Campus Sponsor:
Discourse in Democracy Series, Department of Political Science
Official Common Experience Event
Discourse in Democracy Series

 
Texas State's 2019-2020 Common Reading book is What the Eyes Don't See by Dr. Hanna-Attisha, a firsthand look at the water crisis in Flint Michigan (Dr. Hanna-Attisha will speak at Evans Auditorium on Sept. 18). For Texans, an urgent question arises from Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s devastating account of lead poisoning in a city’s water supply despite federal, state, and local water quality regulation: Can something like Flint’s crisis happen in Texas? Texas State's Public Administration Program has scheduled a panel discussion to address this question. Panel members will review past water quality contamination in Texas cities and possible future scenarios to examine how Texas can avoid public water supply catastrophes.

Panelists:
  • Amy Hardberger, J.D., geologist, professor of law, and assistant provost at St. Mary’s University School of Law.
  • Jenna Walker, M.A., program coordinator for the Texas Stream Team, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State.
  • Christopher Brown, J.D., associate professor of public administration at Texas State.
Discourse in Democracy
polisci.txstate.edu/news/discourse-in-democracy
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Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Conference Room 124
; 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 Water” discussion event will provide a space to ask questions of experts about the water we use in the San Marcos area for drinking, bathing, swimming, recreating, cleaning, cooking, growing food, and generating electricity. These experts will share who they are and what they do to protect one of our most precious resources. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions throughout the discussion in order to understand more about how water content affects us and how we can help protect and maintain this essential human need.

Discussion Experts:
  • Hon. Erin Zwiener, Texas State Representative, District 45
  • Robert Mace, interim executive director and chief water policy officer, The Meadows Center for the Water and the Environment; professor of practice in geography, Texas State
  • Rachel Sanborn, quality monitor, San Marcos River Rangers
  • Tom Taggart, executive director, San Marcos Public Services
  • Roland Ruiz, general manager, Edwards Aquifer Authority.
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until Sept. 30
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall, Room 407
; 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Shannon Faseler
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
cegallery@txstate.edu or honors@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Exhibition
Gallery of the Common Experience

 
The Gallery of the Common Experience presents new works by Houston-based artist Maddie Mondshine in a new exhibition titled “Intuition.” Included in the exhibition are recently completed works that address the artist’s personal truth as explored through memory, spontaneity, nostalgia, myth, romance, and intuition. The exhibition is the first time these works have been shown together.
 
This exhibition runs September 26 to December 19, 2019.
 
Gallery Website
txstate.edu/honors/events/gallery
more about event
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall, Room 407
; 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Shannon Faseler
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
cegallery@txstate.edu or honors@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Gallery of the Common Experience

 
The Gallery of the Common Experience will host an opening reception for its new exhibition of works by Houston-based artist Maddie Mondshine: “Intuition.” Included in the exhibition are recently completed works that address the artist’s personal truth as explored through memory, spontaneity, nostalgia, myth, romance, and intuition. The exhibition runs September 26 to December 19, 2019.
 
Gallery Website
txstate.edu/honors/events/gallery
more about event
Location:
Alkek Library Teaching Theater; Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Kanon
Department of Philosophy
ek17@txstate.edu
512.245.6597
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Official Common Experience Event
 
On Becoming Homo Ex-Terra:
Living in Space Through Adaptation or Bio-Engineering


The 4th Annual Space Settlement Symposium will feature:
  • Dr. Scott Solomon, Rice University, author of Future Humans
  • Dr. Jennifer Fogarty, NASA Human Research Program
  • Dr. Robert McLean, Texas State University Regent’s Professor, author of Microbial Survival Mechanisms of Relevance to Panspermia
Website
Space Settlement Symposium
more about event

October 2019

until Oct. 31
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall, Room 407
; 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Shannon Faseler
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
cegallery@txstate.edu or honors@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Exhibition
Gallery of the Common Experience

 
The Gallery of the Common Experience presents new works by Houston-based artist Maddie Mondshine in a new exhibition titled “Intuition.” Included in the exhibition are recently completed works that address the artist’s personal truth as explored through memory, spontaneity, nostalgia, myth, romance, and intuition. The exhibition is the first time these works have been shown together.
 
This exhibition runs September 26 to December 19, 2019.
 
Gallery Website
txstate.edu/honors/events/gallery
more about event

until Oct. 31
Location:
Texas State Galleries
Joann Cole Mitte Building, Room 2121
; Texas State Galleries (Room 2121)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
info@txstgalleries.org
512.245.2647
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries
Official Common Experience Exhibition
 
Philosophy of the Encounter (2016–18) by artist Tatiana Istomina is an exhibition based on the story of Hélène Rytman, who was murdered in 1980 by her husband, the prominent philosopher Louis Althusser. Althusser’s texts continue to be appreciated while Rytman has been forgotten, despite her role in Althusser’s life and influence on his intellectual career. In death, as in life, Rytman is silenced — an insignificant woman lost in the shadow of her famous husband. Istomina reconstructs their story from Hélène’s point of view and explores the implications of these events on Althusser's philosophical theories. Never before seen together in its entirety, Philosophy of the Encounter is a multi-media body of work consisting of sculptures made in collaboration with artist Mona Sharma, a puppet-performance staged for video, works on paper, and an artist book.
 
This exhibition runs August 26 to November 12, 2019.
 
Website
Texas State Galleries
more about event

until Oct. 06
Location:
Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Performing Arts Center
Texas State University
; Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Cost:
$20 adults / $15 children & seniors / $10 TXST students
Contact:
Dr. Claire Canavan
Department of Theatre and Dance
cc91@txstate.edu
512.245.2147
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
Official Common Experience Event
 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead​, a play by Tom Stoppard
October 1-5 at 7:30 p.m.
October 6 at 2 p.m.

What exactly is reality? Do our choices affect our fate? These questions stalk and taunt Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, hapless minor characters, stumbling towards an end they cannot escape in a Hamlet turned upside down. This play explores the perspectives on reality of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet. It examines the way our particular place in the world determines what we see — and what we see as reality is only one small sliver of the whole truth.

Tickets
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Location:
Alkek Library, Room 230; Room 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Gloria Martinez
Department of Sociology
gmartinez@txstate.edu
512.245.2470
Campus Sponsor:
Latina/o Studies, Center for the Study of the Southwest, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education, Common Experience, et al.
Official Common Experience Event
Part of the 2019-2020 Border Crossing Series,
sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Southwest

 
The Chicanx/o/a Promise: Journeys of Hope, Resistance and Educational Success in the Borderlands
 

Dr. Gilberto Conchas will speak about the future of Latinx/Chicanx students and the role of institutional support systems in ensuring their success in higher education in the United States. Dr. Conchas is Professor of Education, Director of Community Engagement and Student Success, and Faculty Equity and Diversity Advisor at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Inequality, Power and School Success (2015); Cracks in the Schoolyard —Confronting Latino Educational Inequality (2015); and When School Policies Backfire: How Well-Intended Measures Can Harm Our Most Vulnerable Students (2016), among other works. The event is free and open to the public.
more about event
Location:
Taylor-Murphy History Building
Room 1010
Texas State University
; Room 101
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kristi Madden
Center for Texas Music History
krb121@txstate.edu
512.245.6465
Campus Sponsor:
Center for Texas Music History
Official Common Experience Event
 
Houston is home to a vibrant hip-hop scene with deep roots and global resonance, from the early work of the Geto Boys, DJ Screw, UGK, Fat Pat, and Paul Wall to the more recent successes of Travis Scott and Megan Thee Stallion. This is a music that documents the sonic textures of Houston, and many fans around the world identify the city with this sound. As a genre rooted in the local, hip-hop speaks the city's truth.

In 2018, journalist Lance Scott Walker published an expanded edition of his extensive oral histories of hip-hop artists and scenesters, Houston Rap Tapes, and in 2021 will publish his highly-anticipated biography of DJ Screw through UT Press. The Center for Texas Music History has invited Walker to speak on these subjects in conversation with recent Texas State alum DaLyah Jones, herself a leading chronicler of the Houston scene with a focus on amplifying women’s role in the city’s music culture. As a radio journalist, Jones appears on KUT and NPR’s All Things Considered, and her work has also been published in Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, okayplayer.com, and NBC News. This music means a good deal to its fandom, and to Houstonians, speaking truths about the city in relation to race, income inequality, and neighborhood histories often lost in the grand narrative. Bringing this conversation to Texas State will provide an opportunity for students who are already quite invested in Houston hip-hop to hear how that music intersects with wider issues facing America today.
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Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC)
Room 209
; 209
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Ron Haas
Honors College
rmh109@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Faculty Senate University Lecturers Series; Honors College; Departments of World Languages and Literatures, Sociology, Anthropology, and History
Official Common Experience Event
Faculty Senate University Lecturers Series

 
Prior to the 1970s, public authorities of all kinds viewed Cajuns as problematic whites who needed to “modernize” and forget their past. Representations of the Cajun people at historical and commemorative sites were thus few and far between. Since then, however, the number of sites and spectacles that feature their history and heritage has exploded across the southern part of the state. Using the late theorizing of Michel Foucault as a lens, Dr. Marc David describes the conditions that led to the sudden rise of an “official” Acadian public history and explores how this new historical narrative serves the diverse and overlapping interests of both public officials and everyday citizens of Cajun ancestry. Attendees will gain a greater appreciation of the cultural complexity and diversity in southern Louisiana as well as a deeper understanding of how public institutions govern by forging ethnic and cultural identities and how we, in turn, assimilate these identities into our own lives. Dr. Marc David’s talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. All students, faculty, staff, and members of the Texas State community are welcome to attend.
more about event
Location:
Lampasas Hall
Gallery of the Common Experience
; Gallery of the Common Experience (Room 407)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Peter Tschirhart
Associate Dean, Honors College
petert@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Philosophy Dialogue Series, Department of Geography, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
For many people, transportation is just a way to get from A to B — usually by car. But decades of research shows that, if we design our streets to prioritize walking, biking, and public transit, we can improve public health, make our economy stronger, and build a more inclusive and vibrant community. How might Central Texas and San Marcos become leaders in the state by creating an urban and suburban streetscape that encourages more walking and biking? What opportunities (and obstacles) shape current policy? And how can students, faculty, and local residents collaborate to make this achievable future a reality?

Join us for a live podcast event featuring special guest panelists:
  • Dr. Joca Marquez, San Marcos City Council, Place 5
  • Alex Vogt, coordinator of Alternative Transportation, Texas State
  • Dr. Billy Fields, associate professor, Political Science
  • Andrea Villalobos, city planner for San Marcos, Texas State Honors graduate, and bicycle commuter
Audience Q&A will follow an introductory discussion, and a light reception will conclude the evening. The event will be recorded by KTSW, and the panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Nicholas Williams, Texas State Honors student and producer for KTSW.

This event is free and open to the public. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are heartily encouraged to attend. Automobile parking is available in the Edward Gary Street Garage. Complimentary bicycle parking is located on the main quad near the Bobcat Statue, and on Bobcat Trail near Academic Services Building South. Free bus information is available on the Bobcat Shuttle website.
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kay Hetherly
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
512.245.5291
kh37@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience, Philosophy Dialogue Series, Mass Comm Week
Official Common Experience Event
Mass Comm Week Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
In the classic Japanese film, Rashomon (1950), director Akira Kurosawa presents four different accounts of a rape, robbery, and murder, leaving viewers wondering what really happened. Mass Comm Week and the Philosophy Dialogue Series feature a special screening of Rashomon, which explores the slippery nature of "Truth." Following the film, three Texas State faculty members will provide context and lead the audience in a discussion of the film and questions it raises.

Dialogue Leaders:
  • Gilbert D. Martinez, J.D., School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Jo Ann Carson, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy
  • Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Ph.D., Department of English
more about event

Location:
Strahan Arena
University Events Center

Live-streamed to the Round Rock Campus, Avery 252
; Strahan Arena
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Marquiss
Director of the Common Experience
twister@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series Endowment and the Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Lyndon B. Johnson Distinguished Lecture Series

 
Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning artist, actor, author and activist, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and continued success at the box office. His 12th album, Let Love, will be released on August 30, 2019, featuring the new single, "Show Me That You Love." Common is known for his role in the Oscar-nominated film, Selma, a film centered on the civil rights marches that changed America. Alongside John Legend, he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2015 for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for "Glory," which was featured in the film. Last year, Common was seen on the silver screen in the film The Hate U Give. In 2017, Common starred opposite Keanu Reeves in the highly anticipated sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2. Following his bestselling 2011 memoir, One Day It'll All Make Sense, Common's latest book, Let Love Have the Last Word, was released in May 2019 and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Let Love Have the Last Word shares Common's own unique and personal stories of the people and experiences that have led to a greater understanding of love and all it has to offer.

The LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series fulfills a promise made at Texas State University by its most distinguished alumnus, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, in 1973. The series brings to reality President Johnson's desire to invite the finest minds in the country to speak on campus.
 
This event will be live-streamed to the Round Rock Campus, Avery Building room 252.
 
LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series
More about Common
more about event
Location:
Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall
Texas State University
; Recital Hall
Cost:
$5 per person (link coming soon)
Contact:
Laura Krantz
Director, The University Star
laurakrantz@txstate.edu
512.245.5753
Campus Sponsor:
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion
Official Common Experience Event
Mass Comm Week Event


During Mass Comm Week, The University Star will bring together eight phenomenal local storytellers who are members of our Texas State and San Marcos communities to present “Star Stories: True Stories of Life at TXST.” The event will feature true personal narratives that reveal something about our community’s greatest challenges and greatest opportunities. The goal is to open a dialogue among diverse groups while assigning value to first-person narratives. This project is in keeping with Texas State University’s values of diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life.
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until Oct. 19
Location:
Evans Auditorium
Texas State University
; Evans Auditorium
Cost:
$10 for students / $15 for general public
Contact:
LeAnne Smith
Department of Theatre and Dance
ls14@txstate.edu
512.245.2932
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
Official Common Experience Event
 
Performances on October 17, 18, and 19
 
“Truth is Beauty” ~ “The Truth Hurts” ~ “Truth is Subjective”  What is truth?   Opening Door Dance Theatre will present an array of possible answers on October 17, 18, and 19th in Evans Auditorium. The works of dance faculty Ana Baer, Kaysie Seitz Brown, Shay Ishii, Lynzy Lab, Amanda McCorkle, Michelle Nance, and LeAnne Smith are featured in this choreographic journey which also explores modern dance pioneer Martha Graham’s assertion that “The Body Never Lies.”
 
Tickets
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Location:
Education Building, Room 1007; 1007
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Charise Pimentel
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
charise.pimentel@txstate.edu
512.245.3701
Campus Sponsor:
College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Official Common Experience Event
Quetzal Critical Film Series

 
With its school district hanging in the balance following a state takeover in January 2015, Little Rock, Arkansas, presents a microcosm of the inequities and challenges manifesting in classrooms all across America. Through case studies in Little Rock, New Your City, and Los Angeles, Teach Us All seeks to bring the critical lessons of history to bear on the current state of U.S. education. 
more about event
Location:
Lampasas Hall
Gallery of the Common Experience
; Gallery of the Common Experience (Room 407)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Steve Wilson
Associate Chair, Department of English
sw13@txstate.edu
512.245.7680
Campus Sponsor:
Department of English, Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
As part of Texas State's 2019-2020 Common Experience theme on Truth, members of the poetry faculty will read and discuss works exploring truth from numerous perspectives:
  • Roger Jones
  • Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Cecily Parks
  • John Blair
  • Kathleen Peirce
  • Steve Wilson
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Location:
TBD
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 Adulting” discussion event will provide a space to ask questions of experts about life after college. These experts will share who they are and offer tips for navigating college to best prepare for and navigate life after college. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions throughout the discussion in order to understand more about journeying to and through adulthood.

Discussion Experts:
TBA.
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Location:
Alkek Library Teaching Theater; Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales
Center for the Study of the Southwest
tammyg@txstate.edu
512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest, Department of History
Official Common Experience Event

Ambassador (ret.) Luis C.deBaca:
"Chasing Slavery: Reflections from the Southwest"

Ambassador (ret.) Luis C.deBaca coordinated U.S. government activities in the global fight against contemporary forms of slavery as head of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons during the Obama Administration. As one of the United States’ most decorated federal prosecutors, Ambassador C.deBaca updated the post-Civil War statutes and the 13th Amendment to develop the “victim centered approach” to modern slavery, which has become the global standard for combating human trafficking. A Gilder Lehmann Fellow at Yale University, Ambassador C. de Baca is currently finishing a book on the legal history of anti-forced labor campaigns in the United States.
more about event
Location:
Flowers Hall Room 230; 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales
Center for the Study of the Southwest
tammyg@txstate.edu
512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest, Department of History
Official Common Experience Event
 
This symposium focuses on the global phenomenon of modern slavery, trafficking and forced labor, and grounds them in the American Southwest, considering the ways that labor migration, immigration restriction, border violence, and economic inequality combine to produce the soil that can give rise to modern slavery.

Website
Symposium Schedule and Speakers
more about event
Location:
Flowers Hall Room 230; 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales
Center for the Study of the Southwest
tammyg@txstate.edu
512.245.2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest, Department of History
Official Common Experience Event
 
This symposium focuses on the global phenomenon of modern slavery, trafficking and forced labor, and grounds them in the American Southwest, considering the ways that labor migration, immigration restriction, border violence, and economic inequality combine to produce the soil that can give rise to modern slavery.

Website
Symposium Schedule and Speakers
more about event

November 2019

until Nov. 29
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall, Room 407
; 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Shannon Faseler
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
cegallery@txstate.edu or honors@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Exhibition
Gallery of the Common Experience

 
The Gallery of the Common Experience presents new works by Houston-based artist Maddie Mondshine in a new exhibition titled “Intuition.” Included in the exhibition are recently completed works that address the artist’s personal truth as explored through memory, spontaneity, nostalgia, myth, romance, and intuition. The exhibition is the first time these works have been shown together.
 
This exhibition runs September 26 to December 19, 2019.
 
Gallery Website
txstate.edu/honors/events/gallery
more about event

until Nov. 12
Location:
Texas State Galleries
Joann Cole Mitte Building, Room 2121
; Texas State Galleries (Room 2121)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
info@txstgalleries.org
512.245.2647
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries
Official Common Experience Exhibition
 
Philosophy of the Encounter (2016–18) by artist Tatiana Istomina is an exhibition based on the story of Hélène Rytman, who was murdered in 1980 by her husband, the prominent philosopher Louis Althusser. Althusser’s texts continue to be appreciated while Rytman has been forgotten, despite her role in Althusser’s life and influence on his intellectual career. In death, as in life, Rytman is silenced — an insignificant woman lost in the shadow of her famous husband. Istomina reconstructs their story from Hélène’s point of view and explores the implications of these events on Althusser's philosophical theories. Never before seen together in its entirety, Philosophy of the Encounter is a multi-media body of work consisting of sculptures made in collaboration with artist Mona Sharma, a puppet-performance staged for video, works on paper, and an artist book.
 
This exhibition runs August 26 to November 12, 2019.
 
Website
Texas State Galleries
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Location:
Texas State Galleries
Joann Cole Mitte Building, Room 2121
Texas State University
; Texas State Galleries (Room 2121)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
info@txstgalleries.org
512.245.2647
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries
Official Common Experience Event
 
Tatiana Istomina is a Russian-born multi-media artist and writer living in New York. Her exhibition, Philosophy of the Encounter, is currently on view at the Texas State Galleries through November 12. Istomina’s practice is influenced by her training in the sciences before becoming an artist. Even in the sciences, one’s understanding of what is true is rarely absolute or everlasting. Scientists and philosophers alike, from Werner Heisenberg to Thomas Nagel and others, have asked whether knowledge can ever be fully objective since our perceptions of the world are shaped by the lenses through which we view it. Our tools for observation, whether they be measuring devices or abstract theories, do expand our knowledge; however, they also shape this knowledge in particular ways. Istomina’s art interrogates conventional views of the natural world and human history by reinterpreting and reproducing archival materials through painting, sculpture, and video.

Istomina’s projects have been featured in exhibitions across the United States and abroad, including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Blue Star Contemporary, The Drawing Center, the Bronx Museum, Gaîté Lyrique, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the AAF Prize for Fine Arts, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation grant, Puffin Foundation grant, and the Spillways Fellowship. Istomina holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Yale University and an MFA from Parsons New School. She is also a contributor to several art magazines, including Art in America, Hyperallergic, and Brooklyn Rail.

Website
Texas State Galleries
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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 Finances” discussion event will provide a space to ask questions of experts about personal financial management. These experts will share who they are and offer tips for budgeting financial resources during and after college. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions throughout the discussion in order to understand how to best manage your financial resources.

Discussion Experts:
TBA.
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Location:
Alkek Library Teaching Theater; Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jennifer Lamm
Department of Political Science
jel127@txstate.edu
512.245.4436
Campus Sponsor:
Discourse in Democracy Series, Departments of Political Science and History, History, College of Liberal Arts, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Official Common Experience Event
Discourse in Democracy Series

 
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas E. Ricks is an adviser on national security at the New America Foundation, where he participates in its “Future of War” project. He was previously a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the prizewinning blog The Best Defense. Ricks covered the U.S. military for The Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999 he had the same beat at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for 17 years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Generals, The Gamble, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Ricks has asked that students read George Orwell's 1946 article, "The Politics of the English Language," prior to the event. Prior to Ricks's presentation, at 7:15 p.m., students can win door prizes by competing in a team Kahoot game on Orwell's article.
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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 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:
  • Kama Davis, J.D., attorney at law, Attorney for Students Office, Texas State
  • Shannon Fitzpatrick, J.D., attorney at law, retired from Attorney for Students Office, Texas State
  • David Watts, J.D., criminal defense attorney, San Marcos
  • Brian Baker, J.D., criminal defense attorney, San Marcos
  • Chief Laurie Clouse, University Police Department, Texas State
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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 Immigration” discussion event will provide a space to ask questions of experts about immigration and the legal processes associated with immigration. These experts will share who they are and what they do as they help others navigate immigration in the United States legal system. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions throughout the discussion in order to understand more about the myths and truths of immigration.
            
Discussion Experts:
  • Mark Kinzler, J.D., Immigration Attorney, Austin
  • Edna Yang, Assistant Executive Director of American Gateways
  • Virginia Raymond, Director of the Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors
  • Yunuen Alvarado Bustos, senior journalism major and former co-leader of SCOPE, Texas State
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December 2019

until Dec. 19
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall, Room 407
; 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Shannon Faseler
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
cegallery@txstate.edu or honors@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Exhibition
Gallery of the Common Experience

 
The Gallery of the Common Experience presents new works by Houston-based artist Maddie Mondshine in a new exhibition titled “Intuition.” Included in the exhibition are recently completed works that address the artist’s personal truth as explored through memory, spontaneity, nostalgia, myth, romance, and intuition. The exhibition is the first time these works have been shown together.
 
This exhibition runs September 26 to December 19, 2019.
 
Gallery Website
txstate.edu/honors/events/gallery
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January 2020

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February 2020

until Feb. 16
Location:
Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Performing Arts Center
; Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Cost:
Ticket prices TBD
Contact:
Dr. Claire Canavan
Department of Theatre and Dance
cc91@txstate.edu
512.245.2147
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
Official Common Experience Event
 
Measure for Measure
by William Shakespeare
February 11-15 at 7:30 p.m.
February 16 at 2 p.m.

His city caught in a moral freefall, the Duke of Vienna hands over power to Lord Angelo, who enforces long-dormant codes of chastity with zealous fervor. But when an aspiring nun, Isabella, comes to plead for the life of her condemned brother, Angelo gives in to his own unholy desires and exposes the political and moral corruption that pollutes the entire city. This play examines the struggle between truth and political corruption — the use of lies to gain and maintain power.
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Location:
Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall
Texas State University
; Recital Hall
Cost:
$5 standing room / $10 TXST students / $20 half-day / $30 full-day / $100 VIP
Contact:
Dr. Michael Burns
TEDx Leadership Team
tedxtxst@txstate.edu
512.245.5472
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Communication Studies
Official Common Experience Event
 
TEDxTexasStateUniversity is ready for speakers to speak their truth(s). The 2020 theme challenges us to embrace our personal truths, seek truth, question what some people uncritically accept as truth, and realize that we live in world of multiple truths. Our speakers are sharing ideas about truth(s) from a variety of fields and perspectives including technology, health, the arts, the humanities, the sciences, and our daily lives. We invite you to join us for a day of inspiration, debate, and truth(s) seeking.
 
Website
tedxtexasstateuniversity.com
 
Tickets
txstatepresents.universitytickets.com
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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.