When you think about the word Gothic, you imagine dark, foreboding and mysterious circumstances. In literature, it is all of those things. Dr. Heidi Backes says it is often constructed to tell a tale about the underlying sociopolitical environment or economy. Backes, assistant professor in the modern and classical languages department at Missouri State University, shares about … [Read more...] about Ghost stories or sociopolitical statement?
In the state of Missouri, approximately 4.5% of students in schools are classified as English learners. Although this is half of the national average, it’s a growing population. It presents unique challenges for teachers and others in the education system. Dr. Andrea Hellman, assistant professor of English at Missouri State University, tells us about the current … [Read more...] about In-service teacher program gives English learners support
In star-studded Hollywood, Bobby Lewis hustled and had success. After being there a few years, tragedy hit his family. His mom, dad and younger sister were killed in a car accident. “In that moment, the stars were sort of removed from my eyes. The things that I valued in filmmaking and pop culture just went away,” Lewis said. “None of that seemed to hold up. I … [Read more...] about Tragedy brings inspiration for change
After a one-year hiatus, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA) made its return to Missouri State University this summer. The residential program for Missouri high school student artists took place June 2-15. Eighty-nine students from across the state participated. Dr. Christopher Collins, MFAA director and assistant professor in the department of communication at MSU; Kenny … [Read more...] about Investing in young, gifted artists for the future
A carefree summer fling causes romantic clashes, bodies pile up in an Agatha Christie classic and an imposter leads the FBI on a merry chase. That’s what Tent Theatre at Missouri State University has in store for audiences this summer. The lineup features one musical and two comedies. Tickets go on sale May 1. “Grease,” June 12-15, 17-22 “The Mousetrap,” June 27-July … [Read more...] about Spend your summer nights with Tent Theatre’s 57th season