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August 20-21, 2004

2nd Annual Dunbar Heritage Festival and Eddie Durham Music Tribute

In keeping with the Common Experience theme of hatred, it is important to commemorate the hate-based segregation that once characterized race relationships in San Marcos. Simultaneously, it is important to reclaim and celebrate a rich heritage that comprises our current diversity. This reclamation of heritage was celebrated last year in the creation of the Dunbar Historic District, in tandem with the first tribute given to its outstanding "native son," jazz musician Eddie Durham.

Add your voice to the Common Experience conversation by participating in the 2nd Annual Music and Heritage Festival, Join us for the Texas premiere of "Last of the First," a 2004 documentary about the legendary Harlem Blues and Jazz band on August 20th, at 7pm in the San Marcos Activities Center. Then join us on August 21st from 3-5 pm for the grand opening of the Calaboose African American History Museum on MLK Street. Finally, join us for a musical tribute featuring the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, southwest musician Rattlesnake Annie, Benny Powell, and many more performers from 5:30-11pm on Saturday the 21st on the San Marcos Plaza stage, near the river, corner of Hopkins & CM Allen Pkwy.

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September 9

Brown vs. Board of Education: Social Identities, Stereotypes, and the Next Fifty Years

Joseph L. Brown, PhD will give a lecture in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on Thursday, September 9, 2004. The lecture will center on the underappreciated roles of ethnicity, social class, and sexual identity in society in the fifty years since Brown vs. Board of education declared separate to be inherently unequal. The event will begin at 7pm with a reception and music beginning at 6:30. Dr. Brown is the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Graduate Student Services in the School of Humanities and Sciences of Stanford University. He also serves as an expert witness in civil rights lawsuits. Dr. Brown is a graduate of the Texas State University Honors Program and completed a thesis, "A Computer simulation of Brownian Motion" supervised by Dr. Don Olson.

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September 10

Philosophy Dialogue: American Conceptions of Tolerance after 9-11

Dr. Joseph L. Brown will lead a discussion on issues of tolerance as part of the Philosophy Dialogue Series in Psy132 at 2pm on September 10, 2004. This dialogue is in association with the American Democracy Project and the Common Experience. For more information on Dr. Brown please see the description of his Honors Alumni Series Presentation on September 9, 2004.

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September 16

American History X- Campus Film Series on Hate

7pm, LBJ Teaching Theatre
Free pizza at 6:30 on a first come, first served basis

Derek, a southern California skinhead, is imprisoned after committing a hate-motivated murder. While in jail his mind is opened to the error of his ways. Once released Derek must convince his younger brother Danny to change his ways as well-as Danny is headed down a path similar to Derek's.

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October 5

Discussion of Elie Wiesel's Night and Related Topics

A San Marcos community event to be held at the San Marcos Public Library from 7-9pm in the library's large meeting room. Participants will view a brief documentary and Mayor Susan Narvaiz will lead an interactive discussion. Refreshments will be served. Community members interested in reading the book before the discussion may pick up a free copy in at the library information desk while supplies last.

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October 7

"On Loss and Melancholy·"

As part of the Texas State Counseling Center's Depression Symposium Dr. Christopher Frost will speak "On Loss and Melancholy in the Work of Elie Wiesel, in Contrast to Psychological Depression" at 2pm in LBJSC 3.9-1, 3-10.1.

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October 11

The Anatomy of Hatred-Philosophy Dialogue

At noon in Psy. 132 Drs. Randall Osborne and Christopher Frost will hold a dialogue on the anatomy of hatred, the subject that inspired our inaugural Common Experience.

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October 12

Philosophy Dialogues

The Humor of Hatred: Dick Grisham will present a dialogue on "The Humor of Hatred: Political Cartoons in Nazi Germany" at 11 am in PSY 132.

Masters and Slaves, Bourgeois and Proletarians: Philosophy students will present "Masters and Slaves, Bourgeois and Proletarians" at 12:30pm in PSY 132.

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October 13

Hate, Individualism and the Social Bond, Philosophy Dialogue

Professor Frank Richardson of the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin will visit the Texas State campus as a contributor to our Hatred Symposium on October 14th. He will present this dialogue at 1pm in PSY 132.

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October 14

Philosophy Dialogues

Hatred, Bureaucrats, True Believers: Philosophy students will present "Hatred, Bureaucrats, and True Believers" at 12:30 pm in PSY 132.

Patriotism: Love or Infatuation: Thomas Scheff, Professor Emeritus of the University of California-Santa Barbara will be on campus as a contributor to the Hatred Symposium. At 3:30pm he will give a philosophy dialogue on "Patriotism: Love or Infatuation?" in PSY 132.

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October 14

Hatred Symposium

Contributors to a special edition on hatred of the journal Humanity and Society will visit Texas State to participate in a symposium on hatred. These nationally known experts will form a panel to discuss hatred from their individual disciplinary perspectives. This event will be moderated by Dr. Randall Osborne, Chair of Psychology, and will commence at 7pm in the Alkek Teaching Theatre with a reception to follow the discussion. In addition to the symposium, these individuals will each give a philosophy dialogue and visit various departments and residence halls around campus during their visit to Texas State.

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October 15

Philosophy Dialogues

Night and Daylight: Paul Kriese, Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, will visit our campus as a contributor to the Hatred Symposium. While on campus he will give a philosophy dialogue entitled "Night and Daylight: Observations on hate as ordinary human behavior" at 11am in PSY 132. .

Hatred and Objectivity: Catherine Ludlum Foos, Profressor of Philosophy at Indiana State University will visit the Texas State campus as a contributor to the Hatred Symposium. While on campus she will give a philosophy dialogue entitled "Hatred and Objectivity: I'm not Prejudiced but·" at 1 pm in PSY 132.

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October 18, 2004

Judy Shepard Lecture, Mall, 8pm

Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, will speak at the Mall on values of respect and dignity for others and will discuss hateful behavior as learned behavior. In 1998 Matthew Shepard was beaten and left tied to fence-the victim of a sexual orientation based hate crime. He was found two days later and died in a local hospital. This lecture is coordinated by Campus Activities.

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October 28

Comix 101-UT Event

The University of Texas will host Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning artist and author at 7:30 PM in the Hogg Memorial Auditorium of the University of Texas. Spiegelman received the Pulitzer in 1992 for his comic book narrative, Maus, which retells his father's experiences during the Holocaust. In his lecture, Comix 101, Spiegelman will give a brief history of comic book art and emphasize the value and growing importance of the medium. For more information see

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October 29

Candlelight Experience

The cast of Texas State's production of The Laramie Project will present a Candlelight Experience in honor of all those victimized by hate crime. This experience will begin at 8 pm (or when it becomes dark) at the theatre building exterior on the CM Allen side. You may buy a candle for a dollar (additional donations will be accepted) with all proceeds to benefit the Matthew Shepard Scholarship Fund. This vigil will include a walk with presentations memorializing victims of hate crimes through their individual stories.

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November 4

Boys Don't Cry-Campus Film Series on Hate

7pm, LBJ Teaching Theatre
Free pizza at 6:30 on a first come, first served basis

Follow Teena Brandon as she becomes Brandon Teena and claims a new male identity in the rural town of Falls City, Nebraska. There, Brandon successfully portrays a man. But, when Brandon's sexual identity is revealed, the deception triggers a spiral of horrific violence.

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November 11 and 18

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace Film

Join us at 6pm in the Campus Christian Community (across from Jones Diner) to view this documentary film about a religious scholar in a country bent on expanding an ideology of national and racial superiority. Dietrich Bonhoeffer struggled inside himself and chose to resist the Nazis. His convictions inspired many to resist, but cost him his freedom and life six weeks before the end of the war when he was executed in prison at the hands of the Gestapo.

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November 15

Lyndon B. Johnson Distinguished Lecture

Tibor Nagy Jr., former ambassador to both Ethiopia and Guinea, will give the Fall 2004 Lyndon B. Johnson Distinguished Lecture on Monday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater. Faculty, staff and students are urged to attend.

The career diplomat will address his remarks to the new Bush administration in a talk entitled "Listen, Mr. President: Foreign Policy Advice from the Trenches." He will answer questions from the audience following his talk.

Nagy joined the Foreign Service in 1978 and soon was on assignments to Zambia, Seychelles, the African Bureau in Washington, Togo, Cameroon and Nigeria. Born in Hungary, he came to the United States as a political refugee in 1957. He is currently serving in the administration at Texas Tech.

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November 15

A Meeting of Ambassadors

7pm, Location to be announced.

This event will feature Ambassador Kruger and Ambassador Nagy speaking on "Internationalism and Hatred on the College Campus and in the Body Politic."

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November 16

Mr. Death - Campus Activities Film Series on Hate

LBJ Teaching Theatre, 7pm, with free pizza at 6:30 on a first come, first served basis.

A documentary about Fred Leuchter, an engineer who became an expert on execution devices and was later hired by revisionist historian Ernst Zundel to "prove" that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. The film consists mostly of footage of Leuchter supplemented by interviews with historians and Leuchterâs close associates.

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November 18

Photo and Written Essay Competition

On November 18th at 7pm in Alkek students will present their original photo and written essays on the theme of hate.

 Download the entry form for the essay contest.
 Essay contest guidelines and additional information.

Panel Discussion on Bonhoeffer Documentary

At the Campus Christian Community center (across from Jones Diner) at 6pm as a follow-up to Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace, a panel discussion will commence centering on what individuals can do to counter hate in our world. The film and discussion are sponsored by the Campus Christian Community.

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November 18-20

The Laramie Project

University Performing Arts Center (UPAC) 7:30 pm

The Laramie Project written by MoisŽs Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, will be performed by Texas State students and directed by Texas State graduate student, Season Ellison, on November 18-20 in the University Performing Arts Center (UPAC) This play chronicles the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard-victim of a sexual orientation based hate crime. It examines a town's ability to cope during the aftermath of such a brutal act and invites audiences all around the world to contemplate the role of hate, homosexuality, the media and education in our own societies. A deeply moving and compassionate play, The Laramie Project promises a memorable, and perhaps even life changing, night at the theatre.

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February 27

Facing Hatred in the Arts

Time and Location TBD--An evening in the performing arts including dramatic readings, a brass fanfare, a performance by the Conspirare Choir, an original dance choreographed for the occasion, and an original symphony, written for the occasion and performed by the Austin Symphony.

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April 26-May 1


Chuck Pascoe, noted playwright and Texas State Faculty, will produce his original work, Candlestein, for the San Marcos Community April 26-30 at 7:30 pm and May 1 at 2pm in the Theatre. Candlestein is the story of a young raccoon who bands together with other woodland creatures to capture the man who caused his father's death and great misery for many of the creatures. The play is filled with music and moments of fun and laughter, but is ultimately the story of how this young raccoon chooses to respond when he is confronted with a moral dilemma: deciding the fate of the man who caused his father's death. Candlestein will appeal to audiences of all ages.

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