Common Experience

SYSTEMS THINKING

2022-2023 Theme
 

Texas State University presents an engaging theme each year with events for everyone.

This is OUR Common Experience.

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SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 2

Join us at the Systems Thinking: Black Male Student Symposium. Featuring keynote speaker, Lasana Hotep.
Naturally You, Celebrate your authentic self! Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Naturally You | February 21

Naturally You is a collaboration among faculty, staff, and students to host a community conversation about diversity in a way that celebrates, inspires, and uplifts natural hair and the community at large through self-love, service, and education.

EVENTS

The Common Experience at Texas State offers a diverse array of events and opportunities to help foster identity and a sense of belonging.
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About the Theme

Our 2022-2023 theme is an academic exploration of systems that impact and shape our lives — for ourselves, for others, and for everything around us. With Systems Thinking, the possibilities are limitless, practical, and scalable to dream. 

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Image depicts cover of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil

COMMON READING

The 2022-2023 Common Reading book is Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil. First-year students will receive a free copy once fall classes begin.

LBJ DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES

Honoring the legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States and Texas State alumnus, by inviting extraordinary leaders to share their experiences.
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Gallery of the Common Experience

Exhibitions on our theme, open to the public.

OUR HISTORY

Previous themes, speakers, and books that have shaped the Common Experience at Texas State, 2004 to present.