Common Experience


2021-2022 Theme

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

About the Theme

Our 2021-2022 theme is an academic exploration of genuine human kindness — for ourselves, for others, and for everything around us. Compassion moves everyone.


The Common Experience at Texas State offers more academic events and opportunities than any other university.
Student asking a question at a Common Experience event
Book cover of "This Book Will Make You Kinder"

Common Reading

This year's selection is The Book Will Make You Kinder by Henry James Garrett. First-year students will receive free access to the digital eBook once fall classes begin.
Student working at a desk with their laptop

April 27, 2022

Building Bridges for a Strong Semester Finish
2-3 PM
Join this student-led panel showcasing the student perspective regarding online learning.

#1 in the nation

Our Common Experience is the nation's leading initiative of its kind.
Award-winning actor/hip-hop artist Common speaking onstage

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.

Our History

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

Gallery of the Common Experience

Exhibitions on our theme, open to the public.