A partnership between the Biodiversity Institute, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons is both a physical and intellectual space where people come together to establish common ground from which they may express and explore uncommon ideas for the common good. Commons activities can happen anywhere on campus, however, The Commons itself is housed in Spooner Hall. This is a vibrant and active space that can serve many purposes.
The programming theme at The Commons for 2013-2014 is Data & Democracy. Through presentations, Idea Cafés, Artist Talks, and other events, The Commons explores the current state of access to information and the consequences of such exposure. Data & Democracy programming seeks to investigate the ways in which humans create and manage information as well as the ways in which they are bound by it.