(Joplin, MO) – A variety of in-person and virtual events will be offered this fall as Missouri Southern State University celebrates the Caribbean Semester.
“The themed semester is a Missouri Southern tradition and has been in existence since 1997,” said Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies. “The Caribbean Semester will be our twenty-fourth.”
Events will celebrate the history and culture of 13 independent countries – Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica.
Stebbins said COVID-19 presented some unique challenges when it came to programming events for this semester. But it also meant the opportunity to reach a wider audience.
“The public can come to Corley Auditorium to see the speakers we’re bringing to campus, watch live on their computer through Zoom, or watch a recording of it that’s posted online within 24 hours,” he said.
Offerings will include films, musical performances and lectures that touch on topics such as the Haitian Revolution, Caribbean rum, the real pirates of the Caribbean, and voodoo. And it wouldn’t be a celebration of Caribbean culture without a little Bob Marley thrown in for good measure.
To view a complete schedule of upcoming events for the themed semester, visit mssu.edu/academics/international-studies/themed-semester/caribbean-schedule-of-events.php.
For more information about this semester’s activities and Zoom details, visit mssu.edu/themed-semester.
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