A Selection of Iconic Voices, 2004-2020
Texas State University presents an academic theme each year with events for everyone. This is our Common Experience.
- All Previous Speaker Topics
LBJ Distinguished Lecture
Insight Series Event
Common Reading Authors
Texas State Alumni
Education / Research
Film / Music / Art
History / Sociology
Justice / Civil Rights
Medicine / Mental Health
Science and Technology
Writers / Poets / Playwrights
- CommonCommonHip-Hop Artist and Actor
Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning artist, actor, author and activist.
October 15, 2019 · LBJ Distinguished Lecture
- Dr. Mona Hanna-AttishaHanna-AttishaMonaPublic Health Advocate
Physician, professor, and public health advocate who spearheaded efforts to reveal, publicize, and fix the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Author of What the Eyes Don't See, Texas State's 2019-2020 Common Reading book.
September 18, 2019 · Insight Series Lecture
- Ali Guarneros LunaGuarneros LunaAliProgram Manager, NASA Ames
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Program Manager at NASA’s Ames Research Center.
March 8, 2019 · WiSE Conference
- Dr. Sharmila AnandasabapathyAnandasabapathySharmilaMedical Innovator
Professor of medicine in gastroenterology and vice president at the Baylor College of Medicine.
February 23, 2019 · Leadership Institute Annual Conference
- Dr. Jeff WilsonWilsonJeffFounder, Kasita
Also known as “Professor Dumpster,” entrepreneur and founder of micro-housing company Kasita.
February 22, 2019 · Leadership Institute Annual Conference
- Alex WilliamsonWilliamsonAlexChief Brand Officer, Bumble
Chief brand officer at Bumble, the female-first app.
October 15, 2018 · Mass Comm Week
- José HernándezHernándezJoséAstronaut and Engineer
U.S. astronaut and engineer who co-developed first full-field digital mammography system; spent his childhood as a migrant farmworker.
September 25, 2018 · LBJ Distinguished Lecture
- Eagleman and Brandtand BrandtEaglemanNeuroscientist + Composer
Dr. David Eagleman and Dr. Anthony Brandt — neuroscientist and composer, respectively — co-authors of The Runaway Species, Texas State's 2018-2019 Common Reading book.
September 24, 2018 · Insight Series Lecture
- Father Gregory BoyleBoyleGregoryFounder, Homeboy Industries
Founder of Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang intervention and rehab program.
September 18, 2018 · Insight Series Lecture
- Bryan StevensonStevensonBryanFounder, Equal Justice Initiative
Attorney, author of Just Mercy, and founder / executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.
February 5, 2018 · LBJ Distinguished Lecture
- Anthony GravesGravesAnthonyTexas Death Row Exoneree
Author and speaker, spent 18+ years in prison (12 on Texas Death Row) for a crime he did not commit.
October 10, 2017 · Insight Series Lecture
- Dr. Samantha NuttNuttSamanthaFounder, War Child Canada
Physician, humanitarian, and founder and executive director of War Child Canada.
February 28, 2017 · LBJ Distinguished Lecture
- William H. McRavenMcRavenWilliam H.Retired Four-Star Admiral
University of Texas System Chancellor and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral.
October 11, 2016 · LBJ Distinguished Lecture
- Juan Felipe HerreraHerreraJuan FelipeU.S. Poet Laureate
Son of migrant farmworkers and celebrated writer who has published numerous collections of poetry. He was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 2015.
September 25, 2015 · Tomás Rivera Award Conference
- Robert RodriguezRodriguezRobertFilmmaker
Austin-based film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and musician.
September 16, 2015 · LBJ Distinguished Lecture
- 50th Anniversary TributeTribute50th AnniversaryIntegration at Texas State
Featuring the first five African American women who desegregated Southwest Texas State College in 1963: Georgia Hoodye Cheatham, Helen Jackson Franks, Gloria Odoms Powell, Dana Jean Smith, and Mabeleen Washington Wozniak.
May 1, 2014
- Patrick J. KennedyKennedyPatrick J.Mental Health Advocate
Former U.S. representative and co-founder of One Mind for Research.
October 8, 2013 · LBJ Distinguished Lecture
- Kelsey TimmermanTimmermanKelseyJournalist and Traveler
Author of Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes — Texas State's 2012-2013 Common Reading book.
September 27, 2012
- Soledad O'BrienO'BrienSoledadBroadcast Journalist
Award-winning broadcast journalist — anchor and special correspondent for CNN.
October 5, 2011 · LBJ Distinguished Lecture
- Colin BeavanBeavanColinConservation Writer
Author of No Impact Man, Texas State's 2010-2011 Common Reading book.
September 22, 2010
- Sir Ken RobinsonRobinsonKenVisionary education leader
Internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, education and innovation
- Lama Ole NydahlNydahlOleBuddhist teacher
First Western student of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa of Tibet
- Dan PinkPinkDanAuthor
- Charles M. DukeDukeCharles M.Astronaut
Astronaut and lunar module pilot of Apollo 16
- Johnson SistersSistersJohnsonDaughters of President LBJ
Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, daughters of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
- Andrew YoungYoungAndrewUnited Nations Ambassador
Former United Nations Ambassador and civil rights activist
- Dr. Sylvia EarleEarleSylviaNational Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Explorer in Residence
- Erin BrockovichBrockovichErinEnvironmental activist
- Isabel AllendeAllendeIsabelAward-winning writer
- Edward James OlmosOlmosEdward JamesActor and activist
- Luis ValdezValdezLuisPlaywright, director, and founder
Playwright, director, and founder of El Teatro Campesino
- Dr. John CarlosCarlosJohnU.S. Track and Field Olympian
U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame athlete and Olympian, social activist, and author
- Spike LeeLeeSpikeFilmmaker
- Tim O'BrienO'BrienTimAuthor and Vietnam veteran
Award-winning author, Vietnam veteran, and professor of creative writing at Texas State University
- Maya AngelouAngelouMayaPoet
- Judy ShepardShepardJudySocial activist
Social activist and executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation