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October 2021

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Friday – Sunday,
Location:
Lampasas Hall Coffee Forum; 407
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Sotolongo
ms84@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College
Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a two-day festival that takes place every November 1 & 2. Although most strongly identified with Mexico, Día de Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America and everywhere with a Latinx population.

Help set up the altar starting at 10AM. You can continue to contribute and add items the whole month of October!

This year the altar will honor the hundreds of thousands of Native children removed from their families and sent to residential schools, and be dedicated to the 215+ Indigenous children whose remains were found at a school site in British Columbia.
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until Oct. 18
Location:
Alkek Library
First Floor
; First Floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tamarin Butcher
512.245.2686
t_b246@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Alkek One, Alkek Library, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Alkek One Student Gallery


Calling all creatives! 

Submission Information
  • Submissions are due October 18, 2021 at 11:59pm
  • Submissions can be comprised of completed works or concepts-/works-in-progress
  • Successful applicants will be notified in November 2021

Alkek One invites students or student teams to submit creations to be exhibited in the Alkek One Student Gallery. Production expertise and some materials costs associated with creating the accepted projects in Alkek One will be provided.

Submissions should aim to reflect Texas State’s Common Experience theme of Compassion and how it relates to Alkek One’s commitment to creative and emerging technologies. We are specifically looking for work that engages with the concept of togetherness or collaboration as a facet of compassion, a notion we think of as “with-ness.” This idea can be represented in the creation directly, symbolically, or through the creative process. 

Interdisciplinary collaborations are strongly encouraged. We are looking for a variety of submissions, including, but not limited to, two- and three-dimensional artworks, expanded media, geographic representations (e.g., StoryMaps, 2D maps), videos, XR creations, research or design prototypes, and mechanical creations.
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until Oct. 31
Location:
The Wittliff Collections
Alkek Library 7th Floor
; 7th Floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Carla Ellard
512.245.1399
ce10@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Wittliff Collections, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Exhibition
The Witliff Collections


The Wittliff Collections takes you on a visual exploration into the cultural phenomenon that Our Lady of Guadalupe, a symbol of compassion and hospitality to the Catholic community, has created throughout the United States and the world. This major photography exhibition features documentary photographs by 23 artists of the faithful who visit the basilica in Mexico City: those who venerate her throughout Mexico and the traditions and customs honoring her in the Southwest U.S. The exhibition also highlights the popularity of her image and the cultural impact it has made on secular society.

Monday - Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Saturday: 11:00am-4:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-4:30pm

This art exhibition is on view until December 10, 2021.

 
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Location:
San Marcos Public Library
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
  • Critical Race Theory and Education
    • What and How Should We Teach Children about Race and Racism?
Panelists
  • Mr. Goyland Williams, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Texas State Alumnus
  • Dr. Frank de la Teja, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Texas State University
  • Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, Director, African American Studies Program and Associate Professor, Department of History, Texas State University
  • Dr. Lori Gallegos, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Texas State University
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.
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • Critical Race Theory and Education
    • Black Interruptions: Black Thought, Black Life, and (I'm) possibilities of Double Consciousness
Presenter
  • Dialogue Class
  • Mr. Goyland Williams, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Texas State University Alumnus
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.

 
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • Critical Race Theory and Education
    • DuBois, Black Education, and Social Activism on College Campuses
Presenters
  • Mr. Goyland Williams, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Texas State University Alumnus
  • Ms. Michelle Brown, Graduate Instructional Assistant, Department of Sociology, Texas State University
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.

 
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • Compassion and Community
    • Liberty, Equality, & Fraternity: Where's the Fraternity
Presenter
  • The Socio-Politicos

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.

 
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • Compassion and Community
    • Civic Education in College: Exploring Attitudes Towards Voting through Value-Reappraisal Interventions
Presenter
  • Dr. Taylor Acee, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Associate Professor
  • Jonathan Lollar, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Doctoral Research Assistant

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.

 
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Location:
Alkek Library Teaching Theater; Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Jennifer Lamm
Department of Political Science
jel127@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
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
 
Terri Givens on Radical Empathy
Dr. Terri Givens is the CEO and Founder of the Center for Higher Education Leadership. She has more than 30 years of success in higher education, politics, international affairs, and non-profits. Dr. Givens has held leadership positions as Vice Provost at University of Texas at Austin and Provost of Menlo College (first African American and woman), as well as professorships at University of Texas at Austin and University of Washington. She was the founding director at the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas and led the university’s efforts in Mexico and Latin America as Vice Provost for International Activities. At Menlo College she led faculty and staff in developing programs for first-generation students, updating curriculum and infrastructure for evidence-based assessment.
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • Compassion and Community
    • Dewey's Search for the Great Community
Presenter
  • The Paideians
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.

 
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • Compassion and Community
    • What Is a 'Form of Life' and What Do 4th Century Egyptian Hermits Have to Do with It?

Presenter
  • Dialogue Class
  • David Anderson, Texas A&M University Philosophy Ph.D. Program
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.
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Location:
San Marcos Public Library
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
  • Compassion, Voting, and Community Building

Presenters
  • Jonathan Lollar
  • Sam Owens

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.
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Location:
Brazos Hall
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jason Reed
jr68@txstate.edu
Mark Menjivar
mjm309@txstate.edu
Official Common Experience Event
Center for the Study of the Southwest Workshop


Migration Stories is an oral history project focusing on personal narratives of how we arrived to where we are now. We all have a migration story, some are closer than others. Participants to this event will learn more about the project and be invited to explore their own family history. Together we will produce broadsides of our own migration stories to be shared at the Center for the Study of the Southwest in the coming months.

Registration is required for this in person event: Migration Stories Workshop Registration
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • Compassion and Community
    • Dewey's Vision of Creative Democracy
Presenters
  • Dialogue Class
  • Sean Daniel Johnson, Texas State Philosophy Alumnus
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.
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • Compassion and Community
    • Talk of the Times: Panel on Voting for Our Health
Presenters
  • Michelle Brown, Graduate Instructional Assistant, Department of Sociology
  • Ron Stockdreher, Graduate Instructional Assistant, Department of Philosophy
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.
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Location:
Performing Arts Center Recital Hall; Recital Hall
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jason Mellard
512.245.1101
jasonmellard@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Center for Texas Music History, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event

Kathy Valentine was recently elected to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame for her work with the iconic The Go-Go's, the first all-woman band to top the album charts with songs they composed. She will be joining us to talk about her acclaimed All I Ever Wanted: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir in conversation with celebrated Texas novelist Sarah Bird. Songwriter for such The Go-Go's hits as Vacation and Head Over Heels, Valentine's debut book is a roller coaster of music, fame, family, the creative process, and struggles with addiction and excess; it’s also a story of what it takes to find success and find yourself, to live in the world with self-awareness, creative spirit, and compassion.

Book signing to follow program.
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until Oct. 29
Location:
LBJ Student Center
Additional locations in San Marcos and Round Rock can be found in the web link below
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Student Government
512.245.1274
studentgov@txstate.edu
Your Vote Matters

Local elections influence how decisions are made in your community. State and congressional races shape federal policy. Be a real influencer in public life and educate yourself on your local issues, too.
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • Masked or Unmasked?
    • Masking the Face and Facing the Masks: Concealment and Exposure
Presenters
  • Dialogue Class
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.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater; Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Janet Hale
McCoy College of Business
jh29@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Net Impact and McCoy College of Business
This roundtable event will feature community leaders with discussion focused on Texas State's 2021-2022 Common Experience theme of Compassion. Speakers:
  • Phyllis Snodgrass, Habitat for Humanity
  • Judge Deborah Wigington, Comal County Court at Law #3
  • Major Robert Webb, Salvation Army, San Antonio
 
No registration required.
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Location:
San Marcos Public Library
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
  • Masked or Unmasked?
    • Grief, Spirituality, and Anger after a Covid-19 Loss
Presenters
  • Dr. Natasha Mikles, Department of Philosophy
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.
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Location:
Online event
Free registration required
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Ellen Stansell
ebs22@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event

FREE Registration (required)

Boundaries can be a challenging part of any relationship, whether it be with a friend, family member, or romantic partner. In this workshop, Katherine Zitterbart, MA will teach strategies for navigating healthy boundaries with compassion.

Ms. Zitterbart is a professional sex educator and yoga instructor. Her formal studies include psychology, and Western and Eastern philosophy.
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until Oct. 23
Location:
Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Performing Arts Center
Texas State University
; Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Cost:
$15 Public | $13 Children (13 and under), Military or Senior | $10 TXST Students (prices includes processing fee).
Contact:
LeAnne Smith
ls14@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
School of Music, Department of Theatre and Dance
Official Common Experience Event

Performances on October 21, 22, and 23

Opening Door Dance Theatre and Texas State Opera Theatre collaboratively present ReWritten, an exploration through artistic expression of this year's Common Experience theme Compassion. Follow the story of four couples from literary history, hear beloved musical theater works, and experience groundbreaking modern opera as ReWritten negotiates the wonder and spark of new love, the tragedy and hurt of heartbreak, and the ways relationships can open us to new depths of humanity. Join Texas State students, faculty, and guest artists for these exciting new performances of ReWritten.
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • God and Nature
    • Climate Change and the Future of Humanity
Presenters
  • Dr. Adam Briggle, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, University of North Texas
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.
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116); 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
  • God and Nature
    • Thinking Through Climate Change
Presenters
  • Dr. Adam Briggle, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, University of North Texas
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.
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Location:
UAC 105; 105
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Marc Wallace, maw301@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Political Science, Discourse in Democracy, Common Experience, ICMA-TXST
REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Register for free at this link

About the Event
Director Ortiz will discuss how the City of Austin's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is the coordinating focal point before, during, and after emergencies for Austin, Texas. Like a conductor leading an orchestra, the office ensures that each city department has the resources it needs to function during a disaster. This allows residents to continue receiving valuable services to minimize disruptions to their lives.

Mr. Ortiz received his Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning from the University of North Texas in 1994. Since then, he has coordinated emergency response departments in Corpus Christi (1998-2003), Fort Worth (2003-2017), and Austin (2017-present).

During his tenure as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Response for the City of Austin, Mr. Ortiz has coordinated the city’s response to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Laura, the Colorado River Flood, COVID-19, and Winter Storm Uri.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Register for free at this link

More information about Mr. Ortiz on the HSEM website
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Location:
This is an online event. Please register to receive the zoom link.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Department of Philosophy
philosophy@txstate.edu
512-245-2285

Dr. Eli Kanon, elikanon@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy, Philosophy Dialogue Series
Join for the 6th annual Space Settlement Symposium on Friday, 29 October.

Private Enterprise and Private Property: Compassionate Approaches to Conflicts of Interest in Space

This year's featured speakers are:

Laura Montgomery, Ground-Based Space Matters
"Space Property Rights"

Carrie Crisp, Texas State University
"Property Rights and Eminent Domain"

Eli Kanon, Texas State University
"Private Enterprise and Incentives"

Moderated by:
Chris Elley
Founder, Electro-Fish Creative
 
Every fall semester Texas State University's Department of Philosophy hosts its annual Space Settlement Symposium. The purpose of these conversations is to encourage our students and community to support the progression of humankind toward colonization of outer space. Whether one seeks employment directly associated with NASA or private space exploration enterprises, or merely votes for candidates and policy encouraging such endeavors, everyone has an impact upon the success of space settlement.

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2285 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.
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November 2021

Location:
LBJ Student Center
Additional locations in San Marcos and Round Rock can be found in the web link below
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Student Government
512.245.1274
studentgov@txstate.edu
Your Vote Matters

Local elections influence how decisions are made in your community. State and congressional races shape federal policy. Be a real influencer in public life and educate yourself on your local issues, too.
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Location:
Livestream
Additional information coming soon; Zoom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Common Experience
commonexperience@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Common Experience Insight Series

Details coming soon
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Location:
Virtual Zoom Event
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jason Mellard jasonmellard@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Center for Texas Music History
Official Common Experience Event

Historian Charles Hughes's new book Why Bushwick Bill Matters chronicles the life and cultural significance of Bushwick Bill of the pioneering Houston hip-hop group, the Geto Boys. Hughes contends that Bushwick Bill remixed spectacle as he exposed and exploited ableist and racist assumptions to become a singular voice in rap and the relentless battle over free speech in the United States. The resulting portrait is of a complicated artist who displayed defiance and humor, compassion and anger, in equal measure. The Memphis-based historian will be in virtual conversation with Associate Professor of Social Work Raphael Travis, author of The Healing Power of Hip-Hop.
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until Nov. 30
Location:
The Wittliff Collections
Alkek Library 7th Floor
; 7th Floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Carla Ellard
512.245.1399
ce10@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Wittliff Collections, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Exhibition
The Witliff Collections


The Wittliff Collections takes you on a visual exploration into the cultural phenomenon that Our Lady of Guadalupe, a symbol of compassion and hospitality to the Catholic community, has created throughout the United States and the world. This major photography exhibition features documentary photographs by 23 artists of the faithful who visit the basilica in Mexico City: those who venerate her throughout Mexico and the traditions and customs honoring her in the Southwest U.S. The exhibition also highlights the popularity of her image and the cultural impact it has made on secular society.

Monday - Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Saturday: 11:00am-4:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-4:30pm

This art exhibition is on view until December 10, 2021.

 
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Location:
Two options for viewing:

1) Livestream (registration below)
2) Watch party location: LBJ Grand Ballroom (registration details to come)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Erika K. Nielson
commonexperience@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
University Lecture Series; University College; Common Experience; First Gen Proud
Common Experience Insight Series
First Gen Week Event
 

Members of the Texas State University community are invited to join Michelle Obama in conversation with students about themes in her memoir, BECOMING, for an exclusive free livestream conversation. This event is not open to the general public.

Register by November 5 at 10:59/CT | 11:59/ET

FREE registration required

Special Opportunity to First-Year, First-Gen Students
 

All first-year, first-gen students are invited to apply for an opportunity to meet with and interview Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C. If you would like to be considered for the opportunity, please fill out the following application, which includes identifying information, short answers, a maximum 500-word essay, and a short video submission: 2021 Common Experience and First Gen Insight Series Travel Application. One lucky first-year, first-gen Bobcat will be selected to travel to meet with and interview Mrs. Obama. All travel expenses for the event will be paid by Texas State University.

Applications for the opportunity to meet Michelle Obama will close Friday, October 22 at 11:59pm.


 



Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer, writer, and the wife of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. She was the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Through her four main initiatives, she has become a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls education.

When people ask First Lady Michelle Obama to describe herself, she doesn't hesitate to say that first and foremost, she is Malia and Sasha's mom. But before she was a mother — or a wife, lawyer, or public servant — she was Fraser and Marian Robinson's daughter. The Robinsons lived in a brick bungalow on the South Side of Chicago. Fraser was a pump operator for the Chicago Water Department, and despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age, he hardly ever missed a day of work. Marian stayed home to raise Michelle and her older brother Craig, skillfully managing a busy household filled with love, laughter, and important life lessons.

A product of Chicago public schools, Michelle Robinson studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she later met Barack Obama, the man who would become the love of her life.

After a few years, Mrs. Obama decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service.

In 1996, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago with a vision of bringing campus and community together. As Associate Dean of Student Services, she developed the university's first community service program, and under her leadership as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.

Mrs. Obama has continued her efforts to support and inspire young people during her time as First Lady.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center Grand Ballroom
109 Student Center Drive
Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas 78666; Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
excellence@txstate.edu
512-245-2278
Campus Sponsor:
Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Student Initiatives; Division of University Administration
Equality University is a diversity, equity, and inclusion conference that brings individuals and communities together to participate in a day of dialogue and features national speakers. 
An opportunity for you and/or your organization to engage in authentic peer connections, explore and understand how identities impact individual relationships, groups and social dynamics, and prepare you for success in a global society. Equality U is a student educational co-curricular program. TXST Faculty and Staff participation is on a voluntary basis.

Keynote speaker:  Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez
Storyteller. Speaker. Author. Feminist. 
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez is a writer and activist working to shift the national conversation on race. The founder of Latina Rebels, her work has been featured by NPR, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post Latino Voices, Telemundo, and Univision. She was invited to the White House in 2016.  She uses the power of storytelling as resistance against racism, sexism, classism, and colonialism. She is author of the new book titled, "For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts". 

Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez is a writer and scholar activist working to shift the national conversation on race. The founder of Latina Rebels, her work has been featured by NPR, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post Latino Voices, Telemundo, and Univision. She was invited to the White House in 2016.  She uses the power of storytelling as resistance against racism, sexism, classism, and colonialism. She is author of the new book titled, "For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts". 
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Location:
Alkek Library 2nd Floor (Main level)
Open Theater; Open Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Melanie Liddle
ml45@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
The Honors College at Texas State invites invites undergraduates to present research in a virtual forum. Thesis presentations, course projects, and independent research papers are welcome.
 
This event is open to all undergraduates at Texas State as well as students from our fellow community colleges.
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Location:
Alkek Teaching Theatre (250); 250
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Ana Martínez
alm462@txstate.edu
512.245.2147
Campus Sponsor:
College of Fine Arts and Communication, College of Applied Arts, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Center for the Study of the Southwest, Common Experience, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of Theatre and Dance, World Languages and Literatures, Latina/o Studies
Missing in Brooks County: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Missing in Brooks County follows the stories of two families searching for their loved ones who went missing in the fields in Brooks County, Texas. A gripping drama, it is also a deeply humane portrait of the human rights workers, activists, and law enforcement agents who confront the life-and-death consequences of a broken immigration system.

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. John Mckiernan-González, Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest, will immediately follow the film screening. Panelists will include:

• Lisa Molomot, Co-director and producer, Missing in Brooks County

• Jeff Bemiss, Co-director and producer, Missing in Brooks County

• Dr. Kate Spradley, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Operation Identification, Texas State University

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Location:
Alkek Library 2nd Floor (Main level)
Open Theater; Open Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Melanie Liddle
ml45@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
The Honors College at Texas State invites invites undergraduates to present research in a virtual forum. Thesis presentations, course projects, and independent research papers are welcome.
 
This event is open to all undergraduates at Texas State as well as students from our fellow community colleges.
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December 2021

until Dec. 10
Location:
The Wittliff Collections
Alkek Library 7th Floor
; 7th Floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Carla Ellard
512.245.1399
ce10@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Wittliff Collections, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Exhibition
The Witliff Collections


The Wittliff Collections takes you on a visual exploration into the cultural phenomenon that Our Lady of Guadalupe, a symbol of compassion and hospitality to the Catholic community, has created throughout the United States and the world. This major photography exhibition features documentary photographs by 23 artists of the faithful who visit the basilica in Mexico City: those who venerate her throughout Mexico and the traditions and customs honoring her in the Southwest U.S. The exhibition also highlights the popularity of her image and the cultural impact it has made on secular society.

Monday - Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Saturday: 11:00am-4:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-4:30pm

This art exhibition is on view until December 10, 2021.

 
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January 2022

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February 2022

Monday – Friday,
Location:
To be determined; TBA
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 2022 (Title Forthcoming)
February 21-25, 2022

 
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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March 2022

Location:
San Marcos Campus
LBJSC Grand Ballroom
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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Location:
Round Rock Campus
Time and 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 2022

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May 2022

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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.