Arts & Humanities

Native languages facing extinction; FSU linguist documenting problem

It is her passion for language that makes one Florida State University researcher feel glum about a recent bit of news. Carolina Gonzalez, an assistant professor in FSU’s Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, is concerned because hundreds of native languages around the world are facing extinction. "It is very sad," Gonzalez said. "Depending on […]

FSU film students win Directors’ Guild awards for top minority, women filmmakers

The Directors Guild of America has announced its 2007 Student Film Awards for minority and women filmmakers, and student directors from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts—best known as The Film School—have earned two of them. Each year, the Guild’s Student Film Awards honor and showcase outstanding African American, Asian […]

FSU’s Baggott pens prequel to major motion picture

Young and young-at-heart moviegoers everywhere are eagerly awaiting the Nov. 16 arrival of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, a major motion picture about a magical toy store starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. However, for the way-back story on the toy store’s equally magical 243-year-old proprietor, they’ll want to read the prequel, “The Amazing Compendium of […]

Vietnam to publish Butler’s Pulitzer-winning book about country’s refugees

Author Robert Olen Butler won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his collection of short stories about Vietnamese refugees in Louisiana, but because it humanized characters who fled the Communist regime in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain" was banned in the country that inspired it—until now. […]

FSU professor and poet David Kirby is finalist for ‘National Book Award’

"Entertainment Weekly" recently called award-winning poet David Kirby one of "5 reasons to live" and with good reason. Once again, Florida State University’s Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English—author or co-author of 29 books, hundreds of articles and individual poems, and dozens of book reviews for the New York Times—has landed on the short […]

FSU professor’s ‘Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler’ sheds new light on three of the 20th century’s bloodiest rulers

Mortal enemies in life, Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin are forever linked in death. Under their leadership, Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Communist Soviet Union engaged in a war of annihilation and genocide, introducing to the world a level of state-sanctioned barbarism that is unrivaled in human history. A new book by Florida State University […]

Intrepid FSU professor wins ‘Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction’

The Florida State University graduate program in creative writing recently made The Atlantic’s "Best of the Best" list, and remarkable faculty writers such as FSU Assistant Professor David Vann are a big reason why. Vann, an author of growing distinction—and a skilled sailor who has logged more than 40,000 miles offshore and barely lived to […]

FSU professor documents work of Carr, “The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles”

To those in the conservation movement, Archie Carr was one of the great heroes of the 20th century. A pioneering biologist, ecologist and nature writer, he launched an international campaign to protect various species of migratory sea turtles all over the world. In so doing, Carr, who died in 1987, created the template for many […]

‘The Atlantic’ lists FSU’s Creative Writing Program among ‘Best of the Best’

Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program has long been considered top-notch, and this summer, its award-winning faculty and students actually got that in writing. FSU has one of the nation’s top 10 graduate-level creative writing programs and ranks in the top five for Ph.D. seekers, according to the annual special fiction edition of “The Atlantic” […]

At one of China’s biggest art museums, first American exhibit features FSU artists

In an out-of-this-world experience they describe as "monumental" and "mind-blowing," three intrepid artists from Florida State University have become the first Americans to exhibit at one of the largest provincial museums in China. Billed as representative of art in America, the FSU trio and their solo exhibits in various mediums—black-and-white photography, a room-size ceramics installation […]

FSU researcher studies Harry Potter’s magical hold on young readers

The recent release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" marked the magic moment for millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide. The seventh and final book in the wildly popular series signaled the end of a literary global phenomenon. At Florida State University, a graduate student is researching how the Harry Potter series has enchanted […]

Pointer Sisters to kick off Seven Days’ 10th anniversary season

The Grammy Award-winning Pointer Sisters will kick off the 10th season of Seven Days of Opening Nights with a September 17 concert at Ruby Diamond Auditorium. The evening will also offer a "Sneak Preview" of the 2008 festival line-up, with performances scheduled for February 10-28. With roots in country, R&B, gospel, jazz, soul and pop, […]