A variety of in-person and virtual events have been offered this fall as Missouri Southern celebrates the Caribbean Semester.

“The theme 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 is our 24th.”

Events have celebrated 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. Topics have included art, the real pirates of the Caribbean, the Haitian Revolution, voodoo and Cuban sports.

While COVID-19 presented some unique challenges this semester, it has also offered an opportunity to reach a wider audience.

For those unable to attend the events, many have been recorded and archived on Zoom. Stebbins said they’ll be available to view through at least the end of the academic year at mssu.edu/caribbean.