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Common Experience


2019-2020 Theme

Texas State University presents an academic theme each year with events for everyone. This is our Common Experience.

About the Theme

Our theme for 2019-2020 is an examination of authenticity. From understanding university truth — in scholarship and research — to a definition of Universal Truth. From your own personal truth to a sense of honesty, accuracy, validity, and truthfulness.

Student asking a question at a Common Experience event


The Common Experience at Texas State offers more academic events and opportunities than any other university. Real facetime with some of the world's leading voices.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha in white physician coat with stethoscope

Common Reading

All incoming first-year students receive a Common Reading book related to the theme. For 2019-2020: What the Eyes Don't See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.
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LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series

Honoring the legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States and Texas State alumnus, by fulfilling his promise to bring important leaders to the university to share their philosophies and experiences.


Beginning March 2020: Special content from staff and guest experts focused on our theme of Truth.


Our Common Experience is the nation's leading initiative of its kind.

Gallery of the Common Experience

Exhibitions on our theme, open to the public.

Our History

Look back at the previous themes, speakers, and books that have shaped the Common Experience at Texas State.