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Opening Nights director honored by Leon County for tourism leadership

The director of Florida State University’s Opening Nights Performing Arts has been recognized as a leader of the Leon County tourism industry. Christopher Heacox was honored as one of two recipients of the 2016 Thomas A. Waits Distinguished Leadership Awards during the Leon County Division of Tourism Development’s annual Marketing Rollout held Sept. 22 at […]

The Ringling receives $120K grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has chosen The Ringling as a recipient of its highly competitive Museums for America grant program. Each year, top-tier institutions from around the country compete for these funds, with applications undergoing a strict peer review process. The grant awarded to The Ringling will be used to renovate […]

A one-time speakeasy, Tennessee cave has complex human history

A Tennessee cave with a colorful history as a speakeasy, dance hall and hideout during the Civil War was originally a native burial ground 8,500 years ago. New research by Florida State University Associate Professor of Archaeology Tanya Peres in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports details the complex history of the cave located in […]

FSU music professor organizes worldwide peace awareness project

A Florida State University music professor wants choirs around the world to celebrate the power of song during the International Day of Peace. Kevin Fenton has taught conducting and choral literature classes and directed several choral groups at FSU’s College of Music for nearly 16 years. But, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 — the United Nations General […]

Students meld engineering, art at Challenger Learning Center exhibit

Would you be surprised to learn that art students use engineering software on their work? Or laser cutting? How about 3D printing? Much to the surprise of two engineering graduate students who took Mechatronic Art 2, these design software applications are unquestionably a part of the artistic design process. Jason Brown, a doctoral student in […]

Opening Nights announces star-studded season lineup

Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University will kick off its 19th season of world-class performances and events in music, dance, theatre, spoken word, film and visual arts Tuesday, Sept. 14. Series highlights include performances by Smokey Robinson, Lily Tomlin, Grammy and Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone and concert pianist Lang Lang. “This season is […]

Famed ballerina joins nation’s oldest learned society

Suzanne Farrell, one of the most eminent and influential ballerinas of the 20th century, has been elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the nation. Farrell, the Francis Eppes Professor of Dance at Florida State University and founder and artistic director of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the […]

FSU’s pioneering Dance Science program addresses the physical demands of dance

Dance is a unique artistic activity. Dancers need to be more than artists; they need to be athletes, too. And yet, all too often, dancers’ careers are cut short by injuries that could have been rehabilitated or avoided entirely with a holistic approach to dance training. Florida State University’s School of Dance takes a cutting-edge […]

Professor of French awarded two preeminent fellowships

A Florida State University professor who specializes in medieval and early modern French literature has earned back-to-back honors after receiving two of the most prestigious fellowships in the humanities. Lori J. Walters, the Harry F. Williams Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, has been awarded a National Endowment for the […]

FSU WWII collection captures attention of Tokyo tastemakers

Tokyo tastemakers are delving into a Florida State University collection of images detailing the postwar U.S. occupation of a defeated Japan. The Oliver L. Austin Photographic Collection housed in FSU’s Institute on World War II and the Human Experience and curated by FSU Associate Professor of East Asian History Annika A. Culver features more than […]

Religion student named 2016 Humanity in Action fellow

Florida State University student Micah Friedman has been named a 2016 fellow by Humanity in Action, an educational organization that brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore past and present examples of resistance to intolerance. The fellowship program’s goal is to encourage future leaders to be engaged citizens and responsible […]

Professor to teach choral conducting in Kenya as Fulbright Specialist

A Florida State University professor will introduce American-style choral conducting to music students in Kenya through the Fulbright Specialist Program. Kevin Fenton, professor of choral conducting and ensembles at the FSU College of Music, will introduce a choral conducting curriculum at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music in September thanks to a Fulbright Specialist grant. The […]