Focusing on inclusivity, celebrating diversity and seeking equity: This is the foundation of why we recognize cultural heritage months throughout the year. Each September is recognized as Latinx Heritage Month, but many don’t understand the use of the term Latinx. According to Dr. Jason Jolley, associate dean of the Reynolds College of Arts and Letters and professor of … [Read more...] about Understanding the use of Latinx
The Year of the Rat begins Jan. 25. Chinese New Year is a traditional holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, commemorating the first day of spring. It is also the time of the year for family reunion. “Missouri State has many Chinese students, faculty and staff on campus who might not be able to celebrate this tradition with their families overseas,” … [Read more...] about The Bear family celebrates Chinese New Year
Hundreds of third through sixth grade students from the local area will take a journey on Sept. 25. They will visit the International Culture Fair, hosted by Missouri State University’s modern and classical languages department. “It’s essentially a trip around the world,” said Dr. Heidi Backes, coordinator of the event. “Students get a bag and a … [Read more...] about Take children on world tour at International Culture Fair
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?
Acquiring a new language develops an appreciation of other cultures. Even if you never travel to a country that speaks that language or have an occasion to use the language in daily life, you understand more about the people and the way they operate by learning how they communicate. Kelly Schlinder, coordinator of the Foreign Language Institute and German instructor at Missouri … [Read more...] about Summer camps for kids teach language, culture