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FSU to host 2006 conference on literature and film: ‘Documenting trauma, documenting terror’

Florida State University will host the "31st Annual Conference on Literature and Film" Feb. 2-5, 2006. This year’s event will welcome eminent scholars and filmmakers from around the world as it examines what it means to document trauma or terror under extraordinary historical conditions. The conference—"Documenting Trauma, Documenting Terror"—will kick off Thursday, Feb. 2, at […]

Helga Wall-Apelt funds Asian art center at Ringling Museum of Art, largest gift in FSU history

Noted Sarasota art collector and philanthropist Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt will fund the creation of the "Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art" at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, part of a gift to Florida State University that is expected to exceed a total value of $50 million. Wall-Apelt’s multi-tiered gift is the […]

Legendary ballerina, FSU dance professor Suzanne Farrell receives 2005 Kennedy Center honors

FSU’s Francis Eppes Professor of Dance Suzanne Farrell has long been regarded as one of the most extraordinary and influential ballerinas of the late-20th century, and on Dec. 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C., her contributions to the performing arts and American culture were rewarded with 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. The world-renowned prima ballerinashared the […]

FSU Film School wins top student awards for Latino, women filmmakers

The Directors Guild of America has announced its 2005 Student Filmmakers Awards for African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and women—and Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts will take home half of them. Chosen from among emerging filmmakers at select universities nationwide, two recent FSU graduates and one current undergraduate of […]

Seven Days of Opening Nights 2006 offers kaleidoscope of artists, performers

From country to jazz, from Napoleon to Nelson, the eighth season of Seven Days of Opening Nights, Feb. 16-28, 2006, offers a spectacular array of world-renowned artists and performers. The annual festival is produced by Florida State University and sponsored by a host of educational and community partners. Live music performances include American icon Willie […]

Columbus also discovered race, contends FSU professor Gary Taylor

Columbus not only discovered America, he also discovered race in the modern sense of the word, contends Florida State University professor and cultural historian Gary Taylor. During his third voyage to the New World in 1498, Columbus realized that skin color wasn’t attributable solely to proximity to the equator or poles, as believed by ancient […]

FSU professor condenses classic giant “Clarissa’ for modern readers

The voluminous tale of virtuous Clarissa and her aristocratic rogue of a suitor, Lovelace, encompassed 1,550 pages and captivated England’s 18th century readers. But “Clarissa,” the longest novel ever written in the English language—and among the first told entirely through letters exchanged by its characters—fell victim to its girth and became a neglected classic. A […]

Creative writing program makes headlines

Creative writing teachers at Florida State University are using lots of their own creativity to inspire students enrolled in a program that has received a stream of national awards and recognition over the past five years. A recent article in the Palm Beach Post focuses on how Pulitzer-Prize-winning Professor Robert Olen Butler and other faculty […]

Miniature circus finds home at FSU’s Ringling Museum

Tiny fully equipped train cars, historic wagons, a four-foot-high big top, 500 circus animals and thousands of other items comprising a 3,800-square-foot, 1/16th scale model three-ring circus are being unpacked and installed at the Tibbals Learning Center. Housed at the Ringling Circus Museum, on the grounds of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, […]

Once again, the Oscar goes to an FSU grad at Student Academy Awards

Florida State University’s award-winning Film School has reeled in another one. A senior thesis film written and directed by 2005 graduate Melissa Rossi—and appropriately titled "Charm"—endeared itself to the judges and took home an Oscar during the 32nd annual Student Academy Awards. A dozen students from 11 different colleges and universities, including FSU, were honored […]

FSU Creative Writing joins the year’s best in ‘New Stories From the South’

The literary world has served another round of recognition to Florida State University’s celebrated Creative Writing Program during one of its hottest years ever. A trio of pieces from “Severance”—a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning Francis Eppes Professor Robert Olen Butler—and a yarn called “The Pantyhose Man” penned by graduate student Rebecca Soppe have each earned […]

FSU prof, students dig European prehistory

A Florida State University archaeologist and a team of some of the best anthropology students in the nation hope to uncover clues about the way copper changed the lives of ancient people during the transition from the Neolithic to the Copper Age, a poorly understood period in the prehistory of the Great Hungarian Plain. Florida […]