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
A number of Arts and Letters alumni and current students have had noteworthy achievements in the past several weeks. English and Linguistics alumnus Nicholas Philips published an article in the 3/4/14 New York Times about solving murders in Honduras, entitled "In Honduras, Going from Door to Door to Prosecutors." English and Linguistics alumni Alex Lockett and Jill Hamilton have recently accepted positions at Spellman College and Sweet Briar College, respectively, and Art alumna Dusty Folwarczny recently was awarded an exhibit of her sculpture in the Sears Tower Lobby, in Chicago. Music alumnus Dr. Scott Piper, a renowned tenor who is on the faculty at the University of Michigan, returned to campus to posthumously honor former Truman professor Jim Thomas through a March 29 benefit concert of Thomas' poems that were recently commissioned into musical settings. Also in March, current Music student Andrew Robson won the prestigious Career Awards Competition, sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. A flute student of Dr. Julianna Moore, Robson will now compete at the National competition in Charleston, WV, in May.
Music student Luis Viquez received the 2014 Robert Fountain Memorial Award from the Macro Analysis Creative Research Organization, and the annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opened in the University Art Gallery, both in March. Theatre student Josh Reinhardt and Music student Shelley Washington have both been admitted into New York University's MFA Musical Theatre Writing Program. The Department of Classical and Modern Languages hosted a reception for Truman MAE alumni and world language teachers in Missouri at the Central States Conference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, held in St. Louis; and a number of Classics faculty and Classics students participated in the Missouri Junior Classical League convention, working closely with Latin students and teachers from around the state. Both meetings included scholarly presentations by faculty members including Dr. Thomas Capuano, Dr. Carol Marshall, Dr. Bridget Thomas, and Dr. Rebecca Harrison.
As the second event in the Clayton B. Ofstad Readings Series, acclaimed poet Cornelius Eady gave a well-attended performance of his writing on March 18. In other recent programming the Department of Art hosted the 2014 Kansas-Missouri Renaissance Symposium, featuring presentations by faculty from Drury University, University of Chicago, Kansas State University, and University of Kansas, and the Theatre Department's production of Blood Wedding was entered into the American College Theatre Festival and received an award of Merit, for Movement. Upcoming events include the Department of Theatre final main stage production of the year during April 9-12, performing the Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical Next to Normal; and Spanish honorary organization Sigma Delta Pi is presenting its annual Poetry Slam event featuring readings of original Spanish poems, Spanish poetry in general, and Spanish karaoke, in early April.