Missouri State University

 In describing the work of German choreographer Pina Bausch, you might hear many terms – like performance art, wild or unresolved. But Telory Arendell, associate professor in the department of theatre and dance at Missouri State University, just calls it inspiring.

She is here to open our eyes to understand these art forms that don’t fit into traditional boxes of theatre or dance. Pina Bausch’s work was in that space between, in what she called dance theatre.

Race. Politics. Immigration. Gun control. These are some of the hot button issues in America today. They elicit strong emotions in people and often cause conflict in conversations.

However, tense discussions don’t have to be disrespectful or result in screaming matches. While it takes effort and practice, being civil in our conversations is possible.

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After returning home from active duty, many military veterans choose to attend college, whether it’s a community college, trade school, or a full-fledged university.  And there are people and programs ready to help them take that step. We’re exploring educational opportunities for veterans on this edition of “Sense of Community.”

Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have a chance to experience college life thanks to a new program at Missouri State University called Bear POWER.

The first group of up to 10 students will begin their two-year, five-semester inclusive college education in January 2019.

Bear POWER Director Rachel Heinz offers more insights about the program.

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The tent is up on the Missouri State University campus, which means one thing:  it's time for Tent Theatre.

In this month's episode of "Engaging the Community," MSU president Clif Smart talks with KSMU's Jennifer Moore about the significance of the Tent Theatre productions—on  both the local arts scene, and in terms of the local economy.

An introduction to 'Tent'

"It is really one of the signature programs where we’re engaged in the community here in the arts field," said Smart.

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