Welcome to the School of Arts and Letters at Truman State University!
Comprised of the Art, Classical & Modern Languages, English & Linguistics, Music, and Theatre departments, the School of Arts and Letters provides a significant portion of Truman’s signature Liberal Studies Program while also providing powerful and life changing academic experiences for students majoring in our disciplines.
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News from the School of Arts and Letters
Senior Theatre major, Josh Reinhardt, has been invited to present scenes from his musical, Better off Dead, at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) to be held in April. Reinhard's invitation was issued from more than 4,000 submissions. In January, theatre students Josh Saboorizadeh, Chris Wacker, and Maddie Smith competed in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition at the Kennedy Center-American College Theater Festival, Region V, held in Lincoln, Nebraska. Department of Theatre chairperson Dr. Dana Smith was recently honored at the 9th Annual Conference of the International Lessac Institute for Training and Research, where she received official certification as a Trainer of Lessac Kinesensics (voice and body work).
Internationally known authority on second language acquisition, Dr. Bill VanPatten of Michigan State University, presented a talk on campus in January titled : “What Everyone Should Know about Second Language Acquisition." The book, Dario Fo: Framing, Festival, and the Folkloric Imagination (Lexington Books, 2011) by Professor of Italian Antonio Scuderi recently received positive review in the Canadian Journal of Modern Drama; Dr. David Partenheimer, Professor of English and German, recently published works in Literary Matters, 82 Short Humorous Stories, and a review in The Key Reporter; Professor of English Dr. Sarah Mohler presented a paper at the South Asian Literary Association Conference; from among 550 submissions, the musical work, "Cellgames 2.0" by Professor of Music Dr. Warren Gooch has been selected to be performed by the Western Michigan University Wind Symphony; Associate Professor of Music Dr. Jesse Krebs recently performed Mahler's Symphony No. 9 with the Kansas City Symphony, and English alumnus Eric O. Scott ('08) recently published his first novel entitled, The Lives of the Apostates. In February the Department of Art will be sponsoring and hosting an event for high school art programs, featuring faculty demonstrations in various art methods and techniques, and an exhibit of the work of Truman art students.