New year, new Common Theme: Engaging in Public Life

With a new school year just a week away, your University Common Theme committee is spreading the word about this year’s topic, Engaging in Public Life. Proposed by Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk, Public and Environmental Affairs, this year’s theme aims to get people thinking about the myriad ways in which they can engage in public life, politics and civic activities.

Common Theme events start this week, so keep an eye on the calendar (and submit your own events) at Throughout the year, the Common Theme committee also would like to highlight the many different ways in which students, faculty and staff engage in community service and public life. If you would like to share a story, photo or video of an event, please contact one of the Common Theme co-chairs, Brenda Amenson-Hill or Donna Ritch. For information on the Common Theme program, past themes and more, visit

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