Common Experience to host Michelle Obama in Conversation livestream event

Inside TXST

Jayme Blaschke | October 22, 2021

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The Common Experience Insight Series at Texas State University will host a livestream event, "Michelle Obama in Conversation," at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

The event is free and open to Texas State students, faculty and staff, but preregistration is required at before Nov. 5. This event is not open to the general public.

Members of the Texas State community will join former First Lady Michelle Obama during the livestream conversation to discuss themes in her memoir, Becoming.

Obama is a lawyer, writer, and the wife of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. She was the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Through her four main initiatives, she has become a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education and international adolescent girls education.

A product of Chicago public schools, Obama studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she later met her future husband, Barack Obama.

After a few years, Obama decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service. In 1996, Obama joined the University of Chicago with a vision of bringing campus and community together. As associate dean of student services, she developed the university's first community service program, and under her leadership as vice president of community and external affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.

For more information about the event, contact Erika Nielson at

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922