• English undergraduates showcase their IDEA Grant projects

    Four English majors worked with English department faculty members to research their individual interests, which culminated in projects that focused on life, creative entrepreneurship, and the digital age.

  • English Department Alumnus Barry Jenkins Brings If Beale Street Could Talk to the screen

    Acclaimed director Barry Jenkins graduated from FSU in 2003, majoring in English on the creative writing track. His newest film has the department talking about his work.

  • A New Perspective: Literature, Media, And Culture At FSU

    The Literature, Media, and Culture Program wants students to share their sense of the positive social impact that literature and other cultural forms have on society.

  • Assistant Professor John Ribó fosters inclusive environment for all

    Assistant Professor John Ribó has academic interests in Latinx, Caribbean, queer, border, cultural, and critical race studies that stem from personal experience, curiosity itself, and a love of literature, music, and film.


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By Amber Deschene

Parking spots are going to be tough to find outside The Bark on Tuesday nights through the end of April.

Reading an author’s works allows a person only so much insight into what the author was thinking during the writing of the books. To gain a better understanding and more awareness of English novelist Thomas Hardy and his novels, Florida State University English major David Advent recently immersed himself in the Victorian realist’s environment.

Undergraduates at Florida State are familiar with the process of scouring course offerings and looking for classes they want to add to their academic schedules. Talise Burton, a senior majoring in English, decided she wanted to build one of those courses for students to consider. And FSU’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement rewarded Burton with an IDEA Grant to help carry out the unconventional plan.

Florida State University undergraduates who win IDEA Grants have to select a faculty supervisor to guide and mentor them through the research and completion of their project. Senior English major Colby Blackwill chose English Professor Jimmy Kimbrell, and Kimbrell has the highest praise for Blackwill and his academic excellence.

“I cannot recall ever having the honor of mentoring an undergraduate student who is more immersed, ambitious, and capable than Colby Blackwill,” Kimbrell says, “and I have had many wonderful students during my nearly two decades at FSU.”