Arts & Humanities

Florida State scholar rocks humanities world

Florida State University English Professor Anne E.B. Coldiron rocked the humanities world in 2010 by winning in a matter of months not one but two premier fellowships — first from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and, now, from the Folger Shakespeare Library, home to one of the world’s greatest archives of rare books. […]

Film school grad wins top screenwriting award

Micah Ranum may have earned his master’s degree a mere two years ago, but he has already claimed one of the top honors in his profession. Ranum, a 2008 Master of Fine Arts graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (The Film School), has been recognized in the world’s most esteemed […]

Allesee choreography center wins prestigious Mellon grant

Florida State University’s Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) has received a significant grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand and improve residency support for visiting choreographers over the next two years. “Support from the Mellon Foundation is integral to the work and reputation of MANCC,” said Dean Sally McRorie of the […]

Bill Cosby, Randy Newman among stars scheduled for Seven Days of Opening Nights 2011

The 13th season of The Florida State University’s annual festival of the fine and performing arts has been announced — and prepare to be dazzled. Running from Feb. 11 to Feb. 21, Seven Days of Opening Nights will offer a unique combination of performances and exhibits ranging from beloved entertainer Bill Cosby to acclaimed singer-songwriter […]

Florida State will make beautiful music with $5.6 million gift

The Florida State University College of Music is the beneficiary of a $5.6 million gift from Albert H. Cohen of Sarasota. It is one of the largest gifts ever bestowed on the college. Cohen is a classical music critic with a special interest in Baroque masterworks, particularly those of Johann Sebastian Bach. With Cohen’s gift, […]

English professor’s book, ‘Vision, Rhetoric, and Social Action,’ wins top award

A visionary work by an English professor at The Florida State University has won the W. Ross Winterowd Award for the most outstanding book in composition theory published in 2009. “Vision, Rhetoric, and Social Action” by Associate Professor Kristie S. Fleckenstein has earned its distinguished prize from the Journal of Advanced Composition (JAC), a forum […]

FSU School of Theatre a major presence as “Memphis” wins big at Tony Awards

Those neon lights on Broadway shined extra brightly this year for The Florida State University School of Theatre. The 2010 Tony Awards have been announced, and Broadway musical powerhouse “Memphis,” whose credits include numerous Florida State University alumni, has won Best Musical of the Year. Florida State alumni involved in “Memphis” include star Montego Glover […]

FSU School of Theatre a major presence among 2010 Tony Award nominations

Those neon lights on Broadway are shining extra brightly this year for The Florida State University School of Theatre. Nominations for the 2010 Tony Awards have been announced, and more than half the award categories include productions in which School of Theatre alumni have played key roles either on stage or behind the scenes. There […]

Scholarships enable students to study foreign languages abroad

For American students, knowledge of a foreign language is increasingly viewed as a necessity if the United States is to continue to compete in the global marketplace, understand and interact with people from other cultures, and protect itself from emerging threats throughout the world. At The Florida State University, three students are taking that message […]

In South America, Zollar offers dance as diplomacy

Even before she and the Urban Bush Women served as diplomats of dance this spring on a U.S. State Department-sponsored cultural-exchange tour of South America, renowned choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar wore many hats. Make that dancing shoes. Zollar is the founder and artistic director of Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn-based African-American performance ensemble with […]

Poet-author Hamby wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Florida State University Writer-in-Residence Barbara Hamby is no stranger to high praise and prizes for her poetry and short stories, but so far, 2010 has been a banner year. Hamby has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, an honor reserved for a fraction of the nation’s most distinguished artists, scientists and scholars performing at the pinnacle of […]

Alumna Kathleen Parker wins 2010 Pulitzer Prize

Alumna and Grad Made Good Kathleen Parker, a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post Writers Group, has been awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. The prize is given for “distinguished commentary.” The Pulitzer jury cited Parker’s “perceptive, often witty columns on an array of political and moral issues, gracefully sharing the experiences and values […]