Arts & Humanities

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, […]

FSU Film School thriller wins gold in Student Academy Awards

For the fourth time in three years, a Student Academy Award has gone to a film written and directed by a graduate student from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts — best known as The Film School. At the 34th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 9 at the […]

FSU historian explores life of an early American original, John Ledyard

He was America’s first explorer; an associate of such historical figures as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones and the Marquis de Lafayette; and the writer of the first U.S. book ever protected by copyright. But for more than 150 years, the exploits of John Ledyard have been lost to history. Now, […]

Preserving Library of Congress treasures is goal of FSU researcher

With more than 134 million items in its collection, the Library of Congress has no shortage of reading materials. This summer, a Florida State University chemist will use his knowledge of cellulose, a key component of paper, to help the world’s largest library find ways to preserve its vast treasure trove of books, manuscripts, maps, […]

Recent study calls FSU College of Music ‘most influential’

Good news about the distinguished Florida State University College of Music hit a particularly high note this spring. When it comes to research published in the Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME)—the premier publication for scholarly inquiry in the music education profession—a recent study calls FSU the single most influential institution since 1990. That […]