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College of Arts and Humanities

UCF Grad Selected for CBS Writing Mentorship

UCF alum Mike Diaz ’06 ’10MFA was selected from a pool of more than 1,500 applicants to be one of only six to participate in the esteemed CBS 2019-2020 Writers Mentoring Program. The eight-month mentoring program pairs writers with CBS executive mentors. The mentors then help the writers develop a new piece of material. “I was ecstatic when…

8 SVAD Students, Alumni and Faculty Finalists in ArtFields 2020

Six alumni, three current students and one faculty member from the School of Visual Arts and Design are finalists for the 2020 ArtFields competition. The eight candidates are in the running for a variety of awards totaling over $145,000 in prize money during the April 24-May 2, 2020 art competition and festival in Lake City, South…

English Faculty Member Named 2020 NEA Creative Writing Fellow

Department of English faculty member Micah Dean Hicks has been named a 2020 NEA Creative Writing fellow, joining the likes of Anthony Doerr, Louise Erdrich, Tyehimba Jess, Jennifer Egan and English alumnus Jaroslav Kalfař ‘11. Hicks gained critical acclaim with his second novel, Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones, in 2019. The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program awards $25,000 grants to published creative…

CAH Celebrates ZORA! 2020

Zora Neale Hurston, African-American literature author, filmmaker, and anthropologist is celebrated annually at the ZORA! Festival. As Hurston grew up in Eatonville, she included the community as the setting for many of her stories in the early 20th century. Here are some key events from CAH to attend – students, faculty and staff can attend for free!…

Theatre UCF-Orlando REP Partnership Expands

For 15 years, MFA students in UCF’s Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) program have gained professional experience as working artists at Orlando REP. Now, this partnership is expanding to include undergraduate students in the B.A. Theatre Studies program. From participating in professional development workshops to working as teaching artist assistants in the classroom, students enrolled in the “Orlando REP…

Exhibits Celebrate Black Community, Friendship During Black History Month

Two concurrent exhibits—one at UCF and one at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa—use photographs to explore themes of black community, friendship and resilience in the face of systemic violence and discrimination. The first exhibit, “Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Native Village’: Historic Eatonville Remembered,” hosted on the first-floor gallery wall in UCF’s John C. Hitt Library,…

Submissions Invited for ACM Hypertext 2020

The 31st ACM Hypertext conference is coming to UCF in July 2020. Co-chaired by UCF faculty member Anastasia Salter and John Barber of University of Washington, Vancouver, the conference invites research on all aspects of the modern web. Topics include hypertext theory, social media, interactive narrative, hypermedia systems and applications. Last year’s conference, hosted in Berlin, Germany, featured an…

Keeping Up with Cyrus Zargar: UCF’s Endowed Al-Ghazali Distinguished Professor in Islamic Studies

Cyrus Zargar is the Endowed Al-Ghazali Distinguished Professor in Islamic Studies, who is currently teaching Medieval Philosophy. The Al-Ghazali Distinguished Professorship was created from the donations of hundreds of members from Central Florida’s Islamic community, with the intent of promoting the understanding and appreciation of Islam and Muslim communities. These funds enabled Zargar to advance his work, especially by…

Students Receive Africana Studies Scholarships

Three students recently received scholarships from the Africana Studies program for the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 semesters. Rachel Mungovan (pictured), received the UCF Africana Studies and Business Services Dining Stipend for Fall 2019-Spring 2020. The stipend is an all-access/seven-day dining meal plan stipend for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, valued at $3,960. “Being in…

Retiring Choral Director, David Brunner, Named College Music Educator of the Year

From conducting the University Chorus and Madrigal Singers to coaching private composition students, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Dr. David Brunner, has impacted countless students throughout his 31 years at UCF. Recently, he was distinguished as the College Music Educator of the Year by the Florida Music Educators Association. Previously, Brunner was…

UCF Celebrates the Arts 2020 Features Inspiration from Dorothy Gillespie

The sixth annual UCF Celebrates the Arts returns to the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts April 7 – 19. The 10-day art event features work from UCF students, staff and faculty from the  School of Visual Arts and Design, School of Performing Arts and Nicholson School of Communication and Media, as well as collaborations with community partners.…

Alumni spotlight: Cody Miller

Henry “Cody” Miller ’11 (BA English – Literature Track) was awarded the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016. During his seven years as a high school English teacher and in his current role, he positions texts as vehicles to discuss broader socio-political issues in students’ lives and worlds. He leads professional development…

Motion Capture to On-screen Acting: Theatre, Animation and Film Programs Team Up

Some collaborations come about naturally, while others require out-of-the-box innovation. In many creative fields, developing specialized skills requires collaborating with those outside your discipline. Two collaborations within the UCF College of Arts and Humanities highlight the intersection of performance, technology and production: musical theatre students are suiting up in motion capture suits to work with animation students,…