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'Dynamics' announced as 2020-2021 Common Experience theme

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Jayme Blaschke | May 6, 2020

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The 2020-2021 Common Reading book, edited by award-winning actress America Ferrera, is a collection of first-person reflections by prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.

The Common Experience at Texas State University has announced that the 2020-2021 theme will be "Dynamics."

Texas State presents an academic theme each year to provide numerous opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to share in a Common Experience. The theme-first approach makes Common Experience the nation’s top initiative of its kind. Texas State offers students more themed academic event opportunities than any other university, and student participation totals and social media engagement are national trendsetters, as well.

As part of the Common Experience, all incoming first-year students receive a critically acclaimed book related to the year’s theme. Students discuss the book in their university seminar class and other courses. The 2020-2021 Common Reading book is American Like Me, edited by award-winning actress America Ferrera. The book is a collection of first-person reflections by prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.

When people discuss dynamics, they’re talking about movement. Dynamics is motion — but it’s more than that. Dynamics are the motivating forces behind everything, everywhere. There are physical forces, moral forces and driving forces. The dynamics in growth, change, inspiration and action can be seen and felt. The Common Experience will consider the movement from where one is to where one will be, approaching dynamics both literally and metaphorically, from the observations of astrophysics to the momentum of daily life.

For additional information about the theme, events, and activities planned for the 2019-2020 academic year, contact (512) 245-3579 or commonexperience@txstate.edu.

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922