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About The Common Experience


The Common Experience serves to facilitate increased interactions among faculty, staff, and students through a focus on common contemporary themes, related readings and academic endeavors. On an annual basis, the Common Experience faculty committee selects a timely and relevant theme and invites participation from across the campus to prepare a series of lectures, seminars, and complementary academic activities by faculty, authors, community and civic leaders for the following academic year. CE lectures and activities extend student learning and faculty-staff-student experiences beyond the classroom. Students will engage in deconstructing and exploring a common subject, treated and examined through multidisciplinary lenses, and learn to value intellectual- and personal-responsibility and apply academic thought towards finding meaningful solutions to real-world problems.



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    Advisory Board

    Janet Abbott, Compact Scholars


    Kara Bauer, Residential Education


    Steve Barbone, Philosophy


    Sara Giordano, Women's Studies


    Vinod Sasidharan, Hospitality and Tourism Management


    Christy Samarkos, Residential Education


    Stephen Schellenberg, Geological Sciences


    Yvonne Hernandez, Student Life and Leadership 


      Sylvia Quero, Academic Engagement Programs
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