Common Experience collection
Scope and Contents
Collection consists of background materials, such as descriptions of the event and proposals for themes. Also includes materials used and saved from each theme, such as newspaper clippings and press releases, posters, calendars of events, etc. Each year's theme also featured a book, and these are kept with the series. Each series various in documentation; after 2017, the documentation is limited.
- 2004 - 2020
Conditions Governing Access
Open to researchers without restriction.
Each year since 2004, diverse groups of faculty, staff, and students have created distinctive experiences for our campus and community, with presentations by some of the world's most important voices on the issues of our time. Speakers have included poet Maya Angelou, filmmaker Spike Lee, writer Isabel Allende, broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, Adm. William McRaven, attorney Bryan Stevenson, astronaut José Hernández, and Oscar/Grammy-winner Common. In fall 2020, the Common Experience presented live online events with John Quiñones of ABC News (and host of What Would You Do?) and U.S. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez. Additionally, there have been many special events, such as Innovation Week in 2018, which offered 50-plus events over five days for learning and engaging with new ideas on campus.
Common Experience proposals should establish strong connections to a theme and events that cross academic boundaries, creating junctions for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.
[Taken from Common Experiance email].
8.33 Linear Feet (Foldered items and books in six letter hollinger boxes, one legal hollinger box, and one carton; posters in one flat 11x17 box and two flat 16x20 boxes. )
Language of Materials
Each year since 2004, the Common Experience events bring students together to read and engage with a powerful text, and explore related themes in University Seminar classes. Collection consists of background and planning materials, press releases, posters, calendars of events, as well as each year's book.
Arranged chronologically and grouped by Common Experience theme with the exception of the Planning records series which contains materials that covers 2005 to 2020.
Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice may be required for use.
- Common Experience collection
- In Progress
- 2020 August
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description