Missouri Southern will celebrate the Great Britain Semester in Fall 2016 – our 20th themed semester since the program began in 1997 with the China Semester.

As was the case with our Fall 2015 Spain Semester, MSSU faculty again will make several presentations. They include:

  • Dr. Rebecca Mouser, assistant professor of English, on medieval manuscripts and her experience with making parchment.
  • Dr. Vickie Roettger, chair of the Department of Biology and Environmental Health, on Charles Darwin (she will even dress up as Mrs. Darwin).
  • Dr. Michael Howarth, director of the Honors Program, on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” on Halloween morning.
  • Dr. Nicolas Nicoletti, assistant professor of political science, on Great Britain’s role and relationship with the European Union.
  • Dr. Paul Teverow, professor of history, on the origins and significance of Magna Carta.
  • Dr. Conrad Gubera, professor of sociology and international studies, on the Cotswolds and Warwick Castle.

Faculty from other universities also will make valuable contributions to the Great Britain Semester schedule:

  • Dr. Gregory Jones, chair of the Department of Music at Indiana University Purdue University, on the British Invasion, British music and the social influences that spawned the counterculture.
  • Dr. James Williams, executive director of the National Churchill Museum and professor of Churchill Studies at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., on Winston Churchill, and on Churchill’s 1946 visit to Fulton and the creation of the National Churchill Museum.
  • Dr. David Gutze, professor of history at Missouri State University, on pubs and their role in British culture, and on how beer, national identity and football shaped the culture of sport.
  • Dr. Felicia Londré, professor of theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, on the Shakespeare authorship question.

Missouri Southern’s Music Department will be heavily involved as well, with the Southern Symphony Orchestra (directed by Dr. Jeff Macomber), the MSSU Wind Ensemble (directed by Dr. Rick Espinosa), Dr. Jordan Wilson and Dr. Cheryl Cotter all planning performances or recitals. Southern Theatre will also present a play from Great Britain.

Finally, 11 British films will be shown as part of the Harrison and June Kash International Film Society series, starting with “A Hard Day’s Night” on Aug. 23. All showings will be at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Cornell Auditorium.

A complete schedule of events will be available in late June at www.mssu.edu/greatbritain

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