Arts & Humanities

Do we have free will? Florida State philosopher awarded $4.4M grant to find out

Since the beginning of time, philosophers, scientists and theologians have sought to find out whether human beings have free will or whether other forces are at work to control our actions, decisions and choices. Now, Florida State University philosopher Alfred Mele has been awarded a $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to get […]

Florida State hosting international conference on art, social justice

An international gathering of artists, designers, teachers and social justice advocates from at least 14 states and 12 countries are conversing on The Florida State University for the 4th Annual Art and Design for Social Justice Symposium, which begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, and continues on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. […]

Florida State dean to head National Association of Schools of Music

Florida State University College of Music Dean Don Gibson has been elected president of the National Association of Schools of Music, the nation’s oldest and largest accrediting agency for the arts. Gibson has taken the NASM helm after serving as the association’s president-elect since 2006. His term as president will run through November 2012. “I […]

NEH fellowship awarded to Professor of English Anne Coldiron

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a prestigious, yearlong research fellowship to Anne E.B. Coldiron, an associate professor in the Department of English at The Florida State University. A specialist in late-medieval and Renaissance literature and a recognized expert on French-English literary relations, translations and printing during those periods, Coldiron will use […]

Taylor honored with Modern Language Association top prize

Last year, the publication of “Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works” reincarnated the provocative, long-lost 17th-century bard as “our other Shakespeare.” Now, the tour de force critics call “monumental” has earned its lead general editor, Florida State University Professor of English Gary Taylor, one of the world’s most prestigious honors for a scholarly book. Taylor has […]

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band to star at Seven Days concert Oct. 28

No one writes songs like Lyle Lovett. Finely wrought and full of wit, wisdom and Texas-sized storytelling, the singer/songwriter’s catalog is rife with characters and concepts that loom large on the American landscape. You can hear Lovett and his amazing Large Band perform those songs when they take the stage at the Leon County Civic […]

Film School students dominate national documentary competition

Students in the Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts have given another bravura performance, claiming a majority of the awards handed out in a new film documentary competition devoted to highlighting the works of philanthropic and charitable organizations. The John Templeton Foundation last year created a documentary competition called Filmanthropy, […]

Ringling/Baryshnikov festival a showcase for Florida State students

Florida State University students will be in the spotlight in Sarasota as The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, operated by The Florida State University in Sarasota, Florida, and New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center launch the inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival, October 7-11, 2009. The unique partnership will bring together more than 100 artists […]

2010 Seven Days of Opening Nights lineup set

The 12th season of Florida State University’s annual festival of the fine and performing arts has been announced. Running from Feb. 12-22, Tallahassee’s premier arts event will offer a unique combination of performances and exhibits ranging from the Vienna Boys Choir to hip-hop dance, and from the Company of Angels to Margaret Atwood’s dystopic vision […]

Florida State’s Ringling Museum partners with Baryshnikov Arts Center for October festival

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, operated by The Florida State University in Sarasota, Florida, and New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center have partnered for the launch of the Ringling International Arts Festival, October 7-11, 2009. The festival will take place throughout the Ringling Museum of Art’s 66-acre waterfront cultural estate on Sarasota Bay. […]

History professor wins major grant for research on Arctic science

A Florida State University historian who leads an international team working to produce a comprehensive modern history of the Earth’s northernmost region has won the largest individual research grant ever received by a member of his department. Ronald E. Doel, an associate professor in the Department of History, is the recipient of a $489,000 grant […]

Florida State ranked no. 3 in nation for contributions to arts research

The Florida State University is one of the nation’s most prolific research institutions in the arts, according to rankings recently released by Science Watch that place Florida State third among the universities with the most published papers in the field of performing arts between 2003 and 2007. Science Watch conferred that No. 3 rank on […]