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4th Annual Language Speed Dating Event

Students, want to meet an exciting, new language? Not sure if you want to commit to learning a specific language? Meet new languages at the fourth annual Language Speed Dating event! Hosted by Modern Languages and Literatures, this International Education Week event offers students the opportunity to experience many different languages in a fun, multicultural…

4 Things to Know When Writing to Your Local Representatives

When it comes to speaking up on political and social issues, knowing how to effectively communicate is key to making sure you can make the best case of support for your cause. Writing letters, whether emails or posted mail, to your local officials is one of the most common ways to do so. Here writing…

Studio Art Alumni Co-curate the 2020 Center for Book Arts Exhibition in New York

Now through December 12, the public can visit the Center for Book Arts Main Gallery in New York City to see the “Americans Looking In” exhibit co-curated by two SVAD MFA alumni – Emilie Ahern ’11 ’14 MFA and Sherri Littlefield ’12 MFA – that highlights The Americans photograph collection taken by Robert Frank. The Americans by Robert Frank was a post-war American photography book that was highly influential, and the photos were notable for their distanced view of both…

Helping Veterans Heal Through Art

About 20 minutes west of UCF’s main campus, a domiciliary within the Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center campus houses veterans who need a temporary place to live while they get back on their feet. These veterans all fought in different wars, served in different branches and suffered different injuries. They have one thing in common,…

M.C. Santana Discusses Impact of Women Voters

In any election, there are many factors that can affect an election in one way or another. Prior to the 2020 Presidential election, Spectrum News 13 spoke with UCF’s Maria C. Santana, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, about the impact women have had on elections since they were first given the right to vote…

Lisa Nalbone Commissioned to Translate Benito Pérez Galdós Work

Lisa Nalbone’s English translation of the short story “Rompecabezas” by Benito Pérez Galdós was commissioned by the Las Palmas, Gran Canaria University Press for publication. Nalbone is an associate professor of Spanish in the UCF Department of Modern Languages & Literature, This short story is part of a multilingual translation from the original Spanish. The publication…

UCF Receives $600,000 NSF Grant to Study Ethics in STEM Fields

Do students’ implicit values influence their decision to pursue STEM-related careers? And how do the ethical codes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines influence those who pursue careers in these fields and those who persist in their professional development? These are questions a UCF research team is trying to answer to strengthen the STEM…

UCF Scroll and Quill Society Welcomes 14 Faculty Inductees for 2020

Each fall, the university recognizes faculty who have made a national and international impact through their research, teaching and service, by inducting new members into the Scroll and Quill Society. What started as two different prestigious faculty clubs in the 1980s is now a recognition program for faculty of all disciplines. “This society is a…

New Humanities Course Promotes Interdisciplinary Research on Race and Technology

This spring, a new humanities course, Race and Technology, will explore the role of race in the production, consumption, and representation of technology. The course explores how new and emerging technologies—from dating apps to robots–produce racial identities and how they may be used to reproduce and also resist racism. Students will help build a class…

New Philosophy Course Explores the Field of Neuroethics

A new philosophy course for the Spring 2021 semester will explore Neuroethics. This course, developed by Assistant Professor Luis Favela, is not only new to UCF but is the first neuroethics course in the state of Florida. UCF students will have the unique opportunity to take a course not offered at any other university in…

Explore Pompeii at UCF

The ancient town of Pompeii, destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, has long fascinated society. This fall, thanks to the Orlando Science Center, Central Florida has access to a rare exhibition about the town and its inhabitants: the science center is one of just three sites in the United States to…

Two New Books Focus on Second Language Pedagogy

Keith S. Folse, Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the UCF Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, published two books in September, bringing his total number of published books to 78. Enseñar con Zoom: Una Guía para Principiantes, from Wayzgoose Press, is the Spanish version of a previously-published book called Teaching with Zoom: A Guide…

“Climates of Change” Exhibition, Panel Focus on Global Concerns

Faculty, students and alumni from the Texts & Technology doctoral program are part of the Climates of Change Electronic Literature panel on Monday, October 19. This panel and its accompanying digital exhibition of the same name are a follow-up to the summer ACM Hypertext conference that was held at UCF. Both the “Climates of Change” virtual panel and digital exhibition feature…

Michael Muhammad Knight’s New Book Muhammad’s Body Published

Assistant professor Michael Muhammad Knight has recently written a new book, published by the University of North Carolina Press. Titled Muhammad’s Body: Baraka Networks and the Prophetic Assemblage, the book conceives a different understanding of the Prophet Muhammad’s body as it relates to the construction of prophetic masculinity and authority. Changing representations of the Prophet’s body…

Celebrating 15 years of the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida

In honor of Come Out With Pride on October 10, Martha Brenckle writes about The LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida as they celebrate their fifteenth anniversary on the same day. The LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida serves to preserve and present the history of our community and its rich heritage. Founded in 2005 as the “GLBT History Project”…

Waking Up to Whiteness and White Privilege

The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer, coupled with the Black Lives Matter protests that have swept across the world in its wake, have led many white people to question — some for the first time — their role and complicity in structural racism in the United States. Books such as Robin…

SVAD Faculty and Alumni Featured in Maitland Art Center Exhibition

UCF School of Visual Arts and Design faculty and alumni are exhibiting their work at the Maitland Art Center as part of the New Works: An Artist-in-Action Group Exhibition which will be on view from October 9, 2020 – January 17, 2021. The Artists-in-Action program at the Maitland Art Center grants studio space to Central Florida-based artists each year. The 2019-2021…

If You Don’t Take a Risk, You’ll Never Know Victory or Defeat

You’ve heard the idea before: The higher the risk, the greater the reward. You’re familiar with those people in your personal and professional life whom you would call risk-takers, the ones who casually skydive on a Sunday afternoon and post their death-defying pictures on their social media feeds. You might also know a few people…