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University Experience 100

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MSSU has designed a course to help you acclimate to University life. 'University Experience 100' is team taught by highly qualified instructors and course assistants.

The course focuses on issues such as developing study skills, learning about campus services, understanding the advising and enrollment process, and becoming familiar with the University's international mission.

Common Reader Program

For each themed-semester, a related book is chosen as a common reader for use in all sections of the University Experience 100 course. The common reader for 2015-2016 is Only in Spain by Nellie Bennett.

Why Don’t You?

10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Everyone dreams of the adventure, whether it’s to see the pyramids, follow the surf, or go hiking in your own backyard. Nellie Bennett dreamed of dancing flamenco in Spain. But once she got there she found a country that was not what she had expected. Traveling forces us to surrender to the unknown and allow the world to reveal itself to us in its own way. No matter how well prepared we are, travel never goes according to plan. So why not throw the checklist out the window? In this talk Nellie will discuss the thrill of knowing where you’re heading, but never really knowing where you’ll find yourself.

Only in Spain cover A Brief History of the End of the World

9:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

While writing Only in Spain Nellie Bennett rented a little stone farmhouse in a village of five people in the northwestern region of Galicia. Galicia was a Celtic kingdom, and has a unique and ancient history. Bounded by the formidable Coast of Death, it was known for centuries as “The End of the World,” and synonymous with mystery and witchcraft. In this talk Nellie will discuss life in a traditional Galician village, and provide practical tips on how to witch-proof your home. She will also discuss how the experience led her to her current research on the men and women who fought in the resistance in the Galician mountain ranges during the Spanish Civil War to protect their historic identity.

We Say Tomato, They Say Tomatito

1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

When Nellie Bennett stepped off the plane in Spain she expected to find a new and wonderful world. What she didn’t expect was a hundred different worlds. As she traveled she discovered differences between regions, and even between villages from language, dance, dress, food and even religious rituals. These variations have survived for centuries, and have influenced the development of the Spanish nation. This talk will explore cultural differences and local traditions in Spanish regions and villages, and how they come together to form the wider national identity.

Book Signings and Q&A with Nellie Bennett

11-11:50 a.m. and 1-1:50 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

8:30-9:15 and 11-11:50 a.m.,  Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall

Admission: free

Author Nellie Bennett will sign your copies of Only in Spain: A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir about Food, Flamenco, and Falling in Love and answer all your questions in these informal sessions

Contact Information

Hearnes Hall 315
(417) 625-9731
fye@mssu.edu

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