Common Experience

An annual program designed to cultivate a common intellectual conversation across campus, to strengthen the sense of community at Southeast and in the region, to encourage open discussion, civil discourse, and critical thinking, and to enhance the reputation of Southeast as a regional center of learning excellence.

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Prior Years Archive

Common Experience in 2006-07

Theme: Citizens making a difference in America.
Reading: Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

Common Experience in 2007-08

Theme: Identity in a Multicultural World: Who Am I?

Contest Winners:
Fall 2007
  1. Michael Maupin – Essay
  2. Desiree Tudder – Poetry
  3. Pascalle Ballard – Art
Spring 2008
  1. Jennifer Martens – Essay

Common Experience in 2008-09

Theme: Greening of Earth: Whose Responsibility?

Contest Winners:
Fall 2008
  1. Sarah Yeager – Essay
Spring 2009
  1. Michael Maupin – Essay

Common Experience in 2009-10

Theme: Health and Humanity in the New Millennium: Where Do We Go From Here?

Contest Winners:
Fall 2009
  1. Maureen Rogg – Essay
  2. Stephanie Hayes – Essay
  3. Keith Whitaker – Essay

Common Experience in 2010-11

Theme: Living in the Digital Age: Virtual Community or Real Connectedness?

Common Experience in 2011-12

Theme: Liberty and Justice for All? Social Change and Campus Action for 70 Years and Beyond

Common Experience in 2012-13

Theme: Education in America: Relevance and Empowerment

Common Experience in 2013-14

Theme: Public and Private Ethics: Who Decides?

Schedule of Events


Empathy in Education: Designing Courses that Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

Tue., August 19, 2014 
University Center 127, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Introduction to Autism

Fall Semester, Thursdays 
Hillside Hall 202, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Do You Really Know Me?

Tue., September 9, 2014 
Meadow Lodge, 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Understanding Autism

Tue., September 16, 2014 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Common Experience Movie Night – Temple Grandin

Thu., September 18, 2014 
Ogle Center Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Book Discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (2003)

Mon., September 22, 2014 
New Albany Floyd County Public Library Auditorium, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


A Humanitarian Welcome: Understanding Refugee Settlement in America

Tue., October 7, 2014 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Empathy and Learning about Peoples of the World: A Discussion by IU Southeast Study Abroad Students

Wed., October 15, 2014 
University Center 127, 12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Common Experience Movie Night – Freak the Mighty

Wed., October 22, 2014 
University Center 127, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Empathy for Animals:  Reaching out for Animal Welfare

Mon., October 27, 2014 
University Center 127, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


I Know How You Feel: Having Empathy for and Sharing the Right Words with Others

Wed., November 5, 2014 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Autism is a World Discussion
Mon., November 10, 2014 
New Albany Floyd County Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Discussion of the Common Experience book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003)

Tue., November 18, 2014 
3rd Floor of the IU Southeast Library, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

25th Annual Model United Nations Security Council Conference for High School Students

Thursday (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) November 20 and Friday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), November 21, 2014 
University Center (all rooms including the Hoosier Rooms)



Balancing Empathy and High Expectations for K-12 Students Who are Challenged

Thu., January 22, 2015 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Wed., January 28, 2015 
Steifler Recital Hall, Ogle Center, 7:30 p.m.


Understanding the Holocaust
Wed., February 4, 2015 
Hoosier Room, 6:00 p.m.
The Holocaust and the Power of Forgiveness
Tue., February 10, 2015 
Stem Auditorium, Ogle Center, 6:00 p.m.

Common Experience Movie Night – Murderball

Thu., February 12, 2015 
University Center 127, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Giving a Woop: Helping Yourself in Helping Others

Thu., March 5, 2015 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

A Visit to the American Printing House for the Blind

Fri., March 6, 2015 
Leave IU Southeast at 9 a.m.

Understanding Autism

Thu., March 12, 2015 
Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Jeffersonville Friday Book Club Discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (2003)

Fri., April 10, 2015 
Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.