UCF Film “Marching Forward” in the News

February 23, 2021

Marching Forward, a collaboration between associate professor of history Robert Cassanello and associate professor of film Lisa Mills, along with students in the Honors Advanced Documentary Workshop class, has received a bounty of positive news coverage in tandem with its national release on public television. The award-winning documentary tells the story of how two Orlando bands came together for a trip to perform at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Edgewater High School’s band... Read More

History Alumnus Wins Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis

February 16, 2021

Every year, UCFs College of Arts and Humanities recognizes a graduate student for outstanding work on their thesis. The award focuses on the quality and contribution of the student’s thesis research and brings with it a nomination for the university-level Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis. This year’s recipient of the Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis is Matt Patsis ’14 ’20MA, whose thesis is entitled “The Troupes Coloniales: A Comparative Analysis of African American... Read More

UCF Africana Studies Professor Don Harrell to Speak at Dr. John T. Washington Lecture Series

February 12, 2021

Don Harrell, adjunct professor of Africana Studies and co-founder of Orisirisi African Folklore, will speak at the third annual Dr. John T. Washington Lecture Series benefitting scholarships for UCF students pursuing minors in Africana Studies. Hosted by the UCF Department of History and Africana Studies program in partnership with UCF Alumni, the lecture series honors Washington’s commitment to community and service. “Our society continues to see new ‘firsts’ for African Americans... Read More

UCF Documentary Tells a Powerful Story of Unity in 1964 Orlando

February 1, 2021

This month, Marching Forward will air on WUCF TV on February 2 at 9:00 p.m., February 4 at 5:00 p.m. and February 7 at 3:00 p.m. The documentary film tells the powerful story of unity in 1964 segregated Orlando, when one white high school marching band (Edgewater High School) and one Black high school marching band (Jones High School) were invited to perform at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. Marching Forward is a collaboration between associate professor of history Robert... Read More

3 CAH Alumni Receive Fulbright Award

January 27, 2021

Twelve recent UCF graduates have received prestigious Fulbright awards, setting the university's new single-year record. The awards will allow the students to travel abroad to pursue research and educational opportunities or teach English. Three of the students hold minors from the College of Arts and Humanities. Carolyn Mitchell '19 has a bachelor's degree in environmental science and a minor in writing & rhetoric. She also holds a TEFL certificate for teaching English as a foreign... Read More

UCF Celebrates 32nd Annual ZORA! Festival

January 13, 2021

The 32nd annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, or ZORA!®Festival, runs now through January 31. The festival celebrates Zora Neale Hurston, beloved author and anthropologist from Eatonville. The UCF College of Arts and Humanities is a long-standing partner and is hosting events in conjunction with the festival. This year’s theme of “Afrofuturism: What is its Sound?” will feature a two-day conference from UCF, as well as supplementary Afrofuturism course... Read More

UCF Veterans History Project Goes Virtual

January 5, 2021

Interviews for the UCF Veterans History Project have gone virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This project, which is led by UCF historians and students, highlights the voices of Central Florida veterans about their experiences and time serving in the military. “It’s really just been about and honoring the veterans by listening to them,” says Barbara Gannon, associate professor of history. Continue reading the full story at Spectrum News 13. If you or someone you know in Central... Read More

Deadline extended: Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards

November 17, 2020

The application deadline for applications for the 2020 Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards has been extended to December 4 at noon. The two awards of $25,000 each were founded in 2018 by philanthropists Chuck Steinmetz and Margery Pabst Steinmetz and are awarded to cross-disciplinary teams focused on the area of arts and wellness. The purpose of the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards is to build sustainable models for arts... Read More

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