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All 2020-2021 Events

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May 2020

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Melanie Liddle
Honors College
ugresearch@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Official Common Experience Event
 
Online Poster Session:
14th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
and Honors Thesis Forum


The Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference provides a venue for students to present their Honors theses to the academic and university communities. Along with providing leadership development for students in presentation skills, the conference is a celebration of the culmination of students' self-driven academic projects. 
 
The research poster session is open to all undergraduates, featured at the link below through May 13.
 
Poster Session Website
symposium.foragerone.com/txstate/projects
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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Nance
Department of Theatre and Dance
mn14@txstate.edu
512.245.2955
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance, Office of Equity and Inclusion
Official Common Experience Event
 
Texas State's Division of Dance and the Office of Equity and Inclusion present “Why Representation Matters,” a selection of international screendance works created by and representing marginalized groups. Screendance is the compound form of dance and film or video, which was born in the 1960s. However, it was not until the digital revolution in the 1980s that it became a vital part of the dance world. Sans Souci (meaning “without concern”), based in Boulder, Colorado, is a niche film festival specializing in dance cinema. With an expansive definition of dance and appreciation for highly experimental and interdisciplinary forms, this unique festival exposes diverse audiences to a variety of film, video, and performance possibilities.
 
Virtual Screenings
Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
 
Videos will be available from Sunday, April 26 through Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
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June 2020

Location:
Online via Microsoft Teams, visit txstate.edu/reflects
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Sherri Benn
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
and Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion
osdi@txstate.edu
512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Division of Student Affairs, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Department of History, Department of Philosophy, Counseling Center, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Black Presidents Council, Hip Hop Congress, African American Minor Program, Latina/o/x Minor Program, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Center for Study of the Southwest, Alliance of Texas State, Hispanic Policy Network, Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff, Texas State Monarch Center for Immigrant Students, University Communications, University Marketing, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
The Texas State community will hold A Day of Reflection and Solidarity on Friday, June 19, to provide our university community with a time to:

  • recognize and acknowledge the challenges, grief, and struggles we are collectively experiencing in our world, nation, and university community and work to create a more racially just and equitable world and society
  • acknowledge our ability to work together to build the kind of society and learning community we all want to take part in and be part of
  • to reflect, mourn, and contemplate, as a means to validate the experience of our collective humanity
  • to affirm the university’s support of these and other ongoing actions during these difficult times

The event will be streamed through Microsoft Teams. Video link and full schedule at txstate.edu/reflects
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July 2020

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August 2020

Location:
@TXST Instagram Live
from the official Texas State account; Instagram Live from @TXST
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Marquiss
Director of the Common Experience
commonexperience@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
To open the 2020-2021 academic year, the Common Experience presents a special Instagram Live event featuring conversations with recent Texas State alumni whose paths have led to remarkable opportunities — as well as messages from celebrity guests. Focus on our 2020-2021 theme of Dynamics and how to get from here to there.

Moderator
Allison Jones, social media coordinator, PACE Center (class of 2019)

Live Guests: Alumni

  • Ashley Bowerman, reporter and news anchor, WSFA News in Montgomery, Alabama (class of 2019)
  • Cedrik Chavez, economic development intern at Greater San Marcos Partnership + former consumer engagement intern at Adidas (class of 2020)
  • DaLyah Jones, environmental writer, The Texas Observer + former producer/reporter, KUT News (class of 2016)
  • Leanna Mouton, former intern for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships + former Texas State University System Student Regent (class of 2019)
  • Kaylee Smith, strategist, Tribu Creative + former social media coordinator, Common Experience (class of 2019)
  • Chelsea Thompson, show host, CBS Austin + 2019 Miss Capital of Texas (class of 2016)
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September 2020

Location:
Online event, details TBA.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Omari Souza
Communication Design Program
oas21@txstate.edu
210.724.9674
Campus Sponsor:
Communication Design
Official Common Experience Event
 
Hosted by Texas State University's Communication Design program, this two-hour virtual discussion will feature prominent Black design practitioners and academics. Open conversation will be segmented into four focused panels: Industry, Pedagogy, Black Design Organizations, and Design Activism.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Aunt Jemima: is rebranding racist trademarks enough?
  • Decolonizing the field of design
  • Hegemony in design curriculum + workspace
  • Design's roots in social commentary
  • Can this momentum around race be used by designers to also champion equity for other minority groups?
  • Black Lives Matter & its impact on design
  • Opportunity in the wake of George Floyd
  • Level of diversity in the field of design, and how do we increase that level of diversity?

Moderator:
Omari Souza, assistant professor, Texas State University

Panelists:

  • Samuel Adaramola, creative director at Grassroots Law Project and former media producer for Bernie Sanders
  • Maurice Cherry, founder of Revision Path, podcast highlighting African Americans designers, and former senior creative strategist for Glitch
  • Terrence Moline, African American graphic designer
  • Erwin Hines, creative director at Basic Agency
  • Terressa Moses, creative director at Black Bird Revolt and associate professor, University of Minnesota
  • Renee Reid, UX design researcher at LinkedIn
  • Bekah Marcum, Black Designers of Seattle community organizer and product designer at Zillow Group
  • Jordon Moses, co-founder + visionary director at Black Bird Revolt
  • Jacinda Walker, founder and creative director of designExplorr
  • Larrie King, assistant professor of visual communication design at Kent State University
  • Antionette Carroll, president/CEO of Creative Reaction Lab; Aspen Institute and ADL Civil Society Fellow; TED Fellow; Echoing Green Fellow; co-founder of &Design

Free tickets
EventBrite: The State of Black Design
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Location:
Online event, details TBA.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Kanon
Department of Philosophy
ek17@txstate.edu
512.245.6597
Campus Sponsor:
Philosophy Department
Official Common Experience Event
 
The Dynamics of Space Settlement: Patterns, Motivations and Driving Forces
 
The Space Settlement Symposium is a roundtable conversation regarding the dynamics in seeking and attaining successful human colonization of space.

Presenters:

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

Dr. Diane Howard
Chief Counsel for Space Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce
“Settlements: Possible Industry Impacts and Issues”

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

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

Location:
Online event, details TBA.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Anton Dochtermann
Department of Mathematics
512.245.3740
dochtermann@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Mathematics, Department of Political Science, Mathworks, Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
The event will feature a 45-minute presentation by Daryl DeFord, a member of the the Geometric Data Processing Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), whose work focuses on building tools and developing theory for detecting and combating gerrymandering. Presentation followed by a panel discussion with members of academia, voting rights groups, and citizens' commission on redistricting.
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Location:
To be determined.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Margo Handwerker
Director, Texas State Galleries
mkh102@txstate.edu
512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries
Official Common Experience Event
 
Professor Ronald Rael holds the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture and a joint appointment in the Department of Architecture and the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2014 his creative practice, Rael San Fratello (with architect Virginia San Fratello), was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York. In 2016 Rael San Fratello was also awarded the Digital Practice Award of Excellence by the The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA).
 
Rael is the author of Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary (2017), an illustrated biography and protest of the wall dividing the U.S. from Mexico, and Earth Architecture (2008), a history of building with earth in the modern era to exemplify new, creative uses of the oldest building material on the planet. Emerging Objects, a company co-founded by Rael, is an independent, creatively driven, 3D Printing MAKE-tank specializing in innovations in 3D printing architecture, building components, environments and products.

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

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

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

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

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January 2021

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February 2021

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

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

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

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

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May 2021

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