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All Events for 2019-2020

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June 2019

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Location:
LBJ Museum of San Marcos
131 N. Guadalupe St.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Greg Moses
Department of Philosophy
rm95@txstate.edu
512.245.6505
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, Department of Philosophy, Honors College, @justicetalktxst, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Mano Amiga, San Marcos Cinema Club
Official Common Experience Event

Dialogues for Activism seek to nurture discussions and communities dedicated to critical challenges of social change. Free and open to the public.

9:00 a.m. | Coffee and croissants

9:30-10:45 a.m. | #MeToo Activism Panel
  • Emcee: Najha Marshall, President, Pan-African Action CommitteePanel
  • Moderator: Anne Halsey, Trustee, San Marcos Consolidated ISD
  • Activist: Karen Muñoz, Mano Amiga
  • Practitioner: Rep. Erin Zwiener (Dist. 45)
  • Scholar: Dr. Skyller Walkes, Office of Disability Services
11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. | Confronting Sexism, Deliberative Dialogue Workshop
  • Emcee: Kelsey Banton, Health Promotion Specialist, Men Against Violence
  • Workshop Moderator: Anne Halsey
  • Group Facilitators: Kelsey Banton; Karen Muñoz; Megan Osborne, Prevention Educator, Hays-Caldwell Women's Center
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until June 28
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall 407
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lydia Gantert
Gallery of the Common Experience
lrg102@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Gallery of the Common Experience, Honors College
Official Common Experience Event
 
Exhibition on display June 10 to August 16, 2019

The work currently on display at the Gallery of Common Experience was created by students during the 2018 Summer Study Abroad in Florence, Italy. Drawings were done on-site throughout the city, allowing students to practice observational techniques in the same location Brunelleschi developed linear perspective. While the drawings are observational and based on truth, they reveal that reality is experienced and expressed in many ways. This exhibit celebrates the artists’ unique ability to share an understanding of the world that is unlike the viewer’s and bring humanity towards an understanding of universal truth.

Gallery Website
txstate.edu/honors/events/gallery
more about event

Location:
LBJ Museum of San Marcos
131 N. Guadalupe St.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Greg Moses
Department of Philosophy
rm95@txstate.edu
512.245.6505
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, Department of Philosophy, Honors College, @justicetalktxst, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Mano Amiga, San Marcos Cinema Club
Official Common Experience Event

Dialogues for Activism seek to nurture discussions and communities dedicated to critical challenges of social change. Free and open to the public.

9:00 a.m. | Coffee and croissants

9:30-10:45 a.m. | Poverty and Debt Activism Panel
  • Emcee: Diann McCabe, Honors College (retired)
  • Panel Moderator: Faylita Hicks, Mano Amiga, Arrondi Creative Productions Activist: Yunuen Alvarado, SCOPE
  • Practitioner: Carole Belver, Exec. Dir., Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas
  • Scholar: Dr. Scott Bowman, Criminal Justice
11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. | Student Loan Debt Relief, Deliberative Dialogue Workshop
  • Emcee: Dr. Daniel A. Brown, Dean, University College
  • Workshop Moderator: Dr. Jo Ann Carson, Philosophy Dialogue Series
  • Group Facilitators: Dr. Jo Ann Carson; Tomas Diaz de Leon; Jenn Garcia, Philosophy, TXST; Diann McCabe
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Location:
LBJ Museum of San Marcos
131 N. Guadalupe St.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Greg Moses
Department of Philosophy
rm95@txstate.edu
512.245.6505
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Dialogue Series, Department of Philosophy, Honors College, @justicetalktxst, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Mano Amiga, San Marcos Cinema Club
Official Common Experience Event

Dialogues for Activism seek to nurture discussions and communities dedicated to critical challenges of social change. Free and open to the public.

9:00 a.m. | Coffee and croissants

9:30-10:45 a.m. | Mental Health Activism Panel
  • Emcee: Dr. Jon Lasser, Associate Dean for Research and Sponsored Programs, College of Education
  • Panel Moderator: Alex Mylius, Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas
  • Activist: Dr. Brandon L. Beck, The General Convention of The Episcopal Church's Task Force on Ministry to Individuals with Mental Illness
  • Practitioner: Sgt. Carl Spriegel, Daytime Support Services, San Marcos Police Department
  • Scholar: Dr. Toni Watt, Sociology
11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. | Community Mental Health, Deliberative Dialogue Workshop
  • Emcee: Sara Mitschke, San Marcos Mental Health Project, Design for America Workshop
  • Moderator: Alex Mylius
  • Group Facilitators: Dr. Brandon L. Beck, Dr. Jon Lasser
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July 2019

until July 31
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall 407
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lydia Gantert
Gallery of the Common Experience
lrg102@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Gallery of the Common Experience, Honors College
Official Common Experience Event
 
Exhibition on display June 10 to August 16, 2019

The work currently on display at the Gallery of Common Experience was created by students during the 2018 Summer Study Abroad in Florence, Italy. Drawings were done on-site throughout the city, allowing students to practice observational techniques in the same location Brunelleschi developed linear perspective. While the drawings are observational and based on truth, they reveal that reality is experienced and expressed in many ways. This exhibit celebrates the artists’ unique ability to share an understanding of the world that is unlike the viewer’s and bring humanity towards an understanding of universal truth.

Gallery Website
txstate.edu/honors/events/gallery
more about event

August 2019

until Aug. 16
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall 407
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lydia Gantert
Gallery of the Common Experience
lrg102@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Gallery of the Common Experience, Honors College
Official Common Experience Event
 
Exhibition on display June 10 to August 16, 2019

The work currently on display at the Gallery of Common Experience was created by students during the 2018 Summer Study Abroad in Florence, Italy. Drawings were done on-site throughout the city, allowing students to practice observational techniques in the same location Brunelleschi developed linear perspective. While the drawings are observational and based on truth, they reveal that reality is experienced and expressed in many ways. This exhibit celebrates the artists’ unique ability to share an understanding of the world that is unlike the viewer’s and bring humanity towards an understanding of universal truth.

Gallery Website
txstate.edu/honors/events/gallery
more about event

September 2019

Location:
Evans Auditorium
Texas State University
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
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.

Common Reading
txstate.edu/commonexperience/book
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October 2019

until Oct. 06
Location:
Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Performing Arts Center
Texas State University
; 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
 

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.
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November 2019

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December 2019

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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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March 2020

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April 2020

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May 2020

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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.