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John Quiñones


Common Experience Distinguished Speaker: John Quiñones

By Andrea MauWeb Content Contributor  November’s Common Experience event features the distinguished guest speaker John Quiñones. Quiñones is a native Texan from San Antonio and attended Texas State briefly while acquiring his undergraduate degree in Mass Communications at St Mary’s.   Since his humble beginnings as a cherry-picker, Quiñones took advantage of qualities unique to himself (such as his bilingualism) to get a leg up in journalism. Experiencing discrimination for his Latino background in the past, Quiñones sought to show how one’s cultural heritage can be […]

todayNovember 24, 2020 41

Laurie Hernandez poses in her team USA gymnastics leotard while holding a gold and silver medal.


Laurie Hernandez: Common Experience Insight Series

By Piper Blake and Andrea MauWeb Content Manager and Web Content Contributor  Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez is not just an athlete, but an advocate for mental health and an inspiration to her culture and the world. She seeks to connect with everyone she meets and to be able to be a voice for those that may not have one strong enough.  During the Common Experience Insight Series featuring Hernandez, she was able to open up about her struggles with mental health and the […]

todayOctober 28, 2020 47

Laurie Hernandez poses with a gold and silver medal in front of a blank background that says American, Like Laurie

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American, Like Laurie Hernandez

By Juan GarciaStation Manager “This caught me off guard. My whole life I didn’t plan to be ‘the First Latina Gymnast to Make the Olympic Team.’” It’s strange how easy it can be to forget how different we as Latin American citizens can be. Laurie Hernandez didn’t even realize how groundbreaking it was that her Puerto Rican parents decided to move to the US.  That decision set in motion the […]

todayOctober 5, 2020 204

Laurie Hernandez poses in her team USA gymnastics leotard while holding a gold and silver medal.

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2020 Common Experience Insight Series Introduces Laurie Hernandez to Texas State

By Piper BlakeWeb Content Manager Texas State University invites the U.S. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez to a live-stream moderated by alumna DaLyah Jones to discuss the 2020 Common Experience theme: Dynamics. Laurie Hernandez is uniquely her. Image by Laurie Hernandez. According to Texas State, the theme for this year's Common Experience comes from the idea that there is a force behind everything, everywhere. When we understand the dynamics that affect […]

todayOctober 5, 2020 171

Entertainer Common poses for a professional headshot.


Texas State Brings Common to Campus

By Will WadsworthNews Director Texas State University Provost Gene Bourgeois announced Saturday that artist-activist Common will be the next speaker in the university’s LBJ Distinguished Lecturer series. Bourgeois made the announcement at Strahan Arena before new students, faculty and distinguished guests such as Congressman Lloyd Doggett and State Representative Erin Zwiener as part of Texas State’s new student convocation event. Common began his nearly 30-year entertainment career as a rapper […]

todayAugust 24, 2019 64

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B2SB: Texas State Common Experience

By Caden ZieglerWeb Content Contributor "Texas State University presents an academic theme each year with related events for everyone. This is our Common Experience." Common Experience at Texas State is the amalgamation of reading, seeing, hearing and internalizing the world around you through the lens of each year’s theme; but it is also so much more. It is an experience that aims to awaken a sense of wonderment and curiosity […]

todayAugust 18, 2019 65

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Common Expierence: Future Humans

By Hannah Alvarado Web Content Contributor Each year, a different theme is selected for Texas State University’s series of academic lectures, film screenings, panel discussions, philosophical dialogues, art exhibits and more, also known as Common Experience. There is also a gallery hosted by Common Experience tucked within Lampasas Hall at Texas State University as well, free for viewing. The overall program allows  for opportunities to interact with some of the […]

todayOctober 17, 2018 411

Jessica Lindberg Coxe dressed in a flowy white dress dances as purples and pinks are projected onto the fabric.


Avante: Imagination, Ingenuity, Innovation

By Lauren Jurgemeyer Blog Content Contributor Under the direction of artistic director LeAnne Smith Opening Door Dance Theatre presents Avante, an event that sets forth to celebrate innovation in alignment with the 2018-2019 Common Experience. Inspired by Loie Fuller’s innovations in lighting in the early 1900s, the event reimagines old and new choreography and hopes to showcase the ingenuity behind today’s explorations in choreography and dance cinema. Avante: Imagination, Ingenuity, Innovation […]

todayOctober 17, 2018 33


New Common Experience Theme Revealed

By Aaron J. Derton News Director Texas State University's Common Experience serves to educate the campus through speakers, events and text, and the theme for the 2018-2019 school year has finally been revealed: Innovation. Each year, incoming first-year students receive a book related to the year’s theme to discuss during University Seminar. This year’s book, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World, is written by composer Anthony Brandt […]

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