College of Arts and Letters

Over the past few decades, the global marketplace has evolved. More international business transactions take place. Team members may be spread throughout the globe. And with that, many companies now seek  individuals who can demonstrate cultural competencies - like language skills - when hiring for positions.

Dr. Jason Jolley, head of the modern and classical languages (MCL) department at Missouri State University, shares about the evolution of language education.

Selecting a university and attending is a big decision. But it certainly helps when you have a support system that has been through it before. 

Dr. Kelly Wood, interim director for first-year programs and provost fellow for student success at Missouri State University, and Dr. Stephen Spates, assistant professor of communication who went through a specialized advising course to assist first-gen students from the College of Arts and Letters, talk about addressing the needs of these students.

 In describing the work of German choreographer Pina Bausch, you might hear many terms – like performance art, wild or unresolved. But Telory Arendell, associate professor in the department of theatre and dance at Missouri State University, just calls it inspiring.

She is here to open our eyes to understand these art forms that don’t fit into traditional boxes of theatre or dance. Pina Bausch’s work was in that space between, in what she called dance theatre.

Race. Politics. Immigration. Gun control. These are some of the hot button issues in America today. They elicit strong emotions in people and often cause conflict in conversations.

However, tense discussions don’t have to be disrespectful or result in screaming matches. While it takes effort and practice, being civil in our conversations is possible.

When you have a disability, some things are more challenging. In this same mindset, when performers are told to limit their movements or to restrict themselves in some way, they could become frustrated. But to Telory Arendell, associate professor in the department of theatre and dance at Missouri State, she considers it freeing to not be confined by the norms and expectations.

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