“Five Stars”

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, USA

Five Stars is the culmination of the Missouri Southern State University Department of Art and Design's first study abroad trip since the COVID-19 pandemic. This eight-day immersion into the art and culture of the Czech Republic introduced students to historical, cultural, and artistic sites in Czech. The exhibition features creative works made in reaction to […]

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Opening Reception: “Five Stars”

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, USA

Be among the first to see the student- and faculty-created artwork included in Five Stars, an exhibit featuring works created in reaction to a study abroad trip to the Czech Republic, where students studied the country's art and culture. This event is part of MSSU's Czech Semester. Free and open to the public.

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“Artists Behind the Iron Curtain”

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, USA

In 1964, American college student Lee Freeman visited Prague and, by chance, met artist Jiří Mrázek. Mrázek was part of a group of artists who refused to adopt the state-sanctioned Socialist Realism style, thus, their work was not allowed to be exhibited or sold. So, Freeman and Mrázek began collecting and exhibiting contemporary art from […]

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A Taste of Czechia

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, USA

Explore the dishes and culinary cuisine of Czech and enjoy a full Czech meal prepared by MSSU Fresh Ideas executive chef Saul Paniagua! The menu includes Šopský salát (vegetable salad with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, and Balkan cheese), kulajda (mushroom potato soup), guláš (beef goulash), vepřový řízek (pork schnitzel), kuře na paprice (chicken paprikash), dušené červené zelí […]

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Opening Reception: “Artists Behind the Iron Curtain”

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, USA

See a collection of artwork from artists who refused to adopt the state-sanctioned Socialist Realism style in Communist-era Czechoslovakia during this come-and-go reception for Artists Behind the Iron Curtain. This event is part of MSSU's Czech Semester. Free and open to the public.

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Czech Semester Book Club: “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, USA

Explore Czech ideas, culture, and history with Czech novelist Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984). This novel tells the story of two couples following the Prague Spring of 1968: a young woman in love with a man caught between his love for her and his unending womanizing, and one of his mistresses and her […]

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Discovering Prague in the Footsteps of History

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, USA

There is not just “one Prague,” as common visitors may think. The Czech city offers various faces, many cultural layers, and several vivid insights into history of Central Europe. Join Dr. Ondřej Tikovský, assistant professor of history at the University of Hradec Králové, Czechia, for a tour along the footsteps of time, and meet Prague […]

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Romani People and Their Music: The Musical Traditions of European Roma

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, USA

The music of the Roma is extremely diverse. This variety depends on the specific groups of Romani people, their lifestyles, and the places they live. During the 19th century, in some parts of Europe such as Hungary, Spain, Russia, or the Balkans, the Roma participated in the creation of national music styles. Despite their tendency […]

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Not All Goulashes Are the Same: Why the Czech Version is Special

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, USA

The Czech and Slovak republics are famous for their goulash. In this cooking demonstration, Chef Tomas Slepicka will prepare a decadent Czech version that is entirely different from the American version. The taste and texture of the goulash is heavily influenced by the surrounding states (Slovak, Austria, Germany, and Poland), but it is Czech through […]

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Czech Semester Book Club: “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”

Joplin Public Library, 1901 E 20th St, Joplin, MO 64804, USA

Explore Czech ideas, culture, and history with Czech novelist Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984). This novel tells the story of two couples following the Prague Spring of 1968: a young woman in love with a man caught between his love for her and his unending womanizing, and one of his mistresses and her […]

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Why MSSU Students Should Consider a Semester Abroad at a Nice, Mid-Sized University in the Heart of Europe

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, USA

Almost every university around the globe presents itself as being international, and there are plenty places students can go for an exchange. Considering Europe, many Americans prefer the British Isles because of common language, Germany or France due to their economic power, or Italy or Spain because of their history. But what about Central and […]

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