Arts & Humanities

Renowned literary scholar named FSU’s 2008 Lawton Distinguished Professor

Florida State University Professor of English Stanley E. Gontarski, an internationally acclaimed scholar and critic, influential editor, innovative dramatist and inspiring teacher and colleague, has been named the 2008-2009 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor. It is the highest honor bestowed by the FSU faculty on one of its own. Stanley E. Gontarski “We have an […]

FSU performing arts students, faculty, Film School head to Big Apple for ‘Sight, Sound & Motion’

A contingent of some of the best student and faculty ambassadors of the celebrated performing arts programs at Florida State University will take to the stages of New York City April 27-30 for “Sight, Sound & Motion”—FSU’s fifth annual arts talent showcase in the Big Apple. In addition to an evening of vocal music on […]

FSU Film School students take top College Television Awards

With a pair of prestigious wins at this year’s College Television Awards, the Emmy-winning tradition continues at the Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts—best known as The Film School. A short film written, directed and produced by FSU film students finished first in its category, while another “short” earned a […]

FSU authors win honors in Florida Book Awards competition

Three FSU faculty members are among the winning authors recognized in the second annual Florida Book Awards competition. The Florida Book Awards recognize, honor and celebrate the best Florida literature penned by new and established authors alike and published during the previous year. John Cole, director of the Center for the Book at the U.S. […]

Professor awarded grant to study history of American public library

A Florida State University professor has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to write a book exploring the history of public libraries in the United States. Wayne A. Wiegand, the F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies, received a $50,000 fellowship to write his proposed book, “A People’s History of […]

FSU professor examines jihad in new book, ‘Arguing the Just War in Islam’

“The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it ….” With that command, a group of Islamic militants led by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri declared a jihad, or holy war, […]

FSU scholar’s work on the ‘other Shakespeare’ called monumental

World-renowned Shakespeare scholar Gary Taylor, a professor at Florida State University, has co-edited the first complete collection of plays, poems and manuscripts by Thomas Middleton, a provocative, once-popular 17th-century playwright whose work was later banned or burned and overshadowed for centuries by the more famous English bard. Gary Taylor Now, Taylor is calling Middleton "our […]

FSU’s Vann lands NEA grant for book on adventures at sea

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a 2008 Literature Fellowship in creative writing, valued at $25,000, to author David Vann, an assistant professor in Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program and a skilled sailor who has logged more than 40,000 offshore miles and barely lived to tell about it. Out of the […]

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. […]