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Common Read Research Guide

This guide provides details about the Texas A&M University- San Antonio Common Read. For more information about the Common Experience Program visit the First-Year Experience website.

About the Common Experience

The Common Experience at Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a yearlong initiative designed to cultivate a common intellectual conversation on a theme and facilitate increased interactions among faculty, staff, and students. It is designed to become a great tradition that will provide participants an opportunity to deconstruct and explore a common subject through multidisciplinary lenses and apply academic thought towards finding meaningful solutions to discovered challenges.

For more information about the Common Experience please contact the Office of First Year Experience at or (210) 784-1399.

2023-2024 Common Read Book and Theme

"Listening to Grow. Growing to Belong. Belonging to Empower Each Other"

About the Author

Kate Murphy is a Houston, Texas–based journalist who has written for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her widely shared pieces have explored a range of topics including health, technology, science, design, art, aviation, business and more.Houston author Kate Murphy encourages close listening | Datebook

Kate is known for her fresh and accessible way of explaining complex subjects, particularly the science behind human interactions, which help readers understand why people behave the way they do.

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