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NEH to distribute “Freedom Riders” documentary to 500 U.S. communities

Ray Arsenault at the U.S. Supreme Court with former student Earl Lewis, Ph.D., president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Ray Arsenault at the U.S. Supreme Court with former student Earl Lewis, Ph.D., president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Endowment for the Humanities will distribute Freedom Riders, the documentary film based on USF St. Petersburg professor Raymond Arsenault’s award-winning book, to 500 U.S. communities. It is one of four films the NEH will distribute as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. … Continue reading

Two USF St. Petersburg students win Leland Hawes awards in Florida History

Leland Hawes Award winners Elizabeth Southard (left) and Douglas Ponticos (right) with Emeritus History Professor Gary Mormino.

Leland Hawes Award winners Elizabeth Southard (left) and Douglas Ponticos (right) with Emeritus History Professor Gary Mormino.

Two USF St. Petersburg students have won prestigious Leland M. Hawes awards in Florida history, adding their names to a string of previous winners from USFSP. Douglas Ponticos, a graduate student in the Florida Studies Program, received the prize for his paper, “Communities of Stone and Glass: Florida’s Brooksville Ridge.” Ponticos is a Brooksville native who was raised in Homosassa, … Continue reading

Author to screen film, discuss wonders of St. Johns River

Author Bill Belleville

Author Bill Belleville

The USF St. Petersburg Florida Studies Program and the Student Environmental Awareness Society present “Florida’s St. Johns River,” a lecture and film hosted by author Bill Belleville at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. Belleville, author of River of Lakes: A Journey of Florida’s St. Johns River, will discuss the documentary Water’s Journey: The River Returns at Harbor Hall, 1000 3rd … Continue reading

Witnessing history in Washington, D.C., with someone who made history

Dr. Ray Arsenault (right) attended President Obama's inauguration with Carol Ruth Silver, one of the Freedom Riders.

Dr. Ray Arsenault (right) attended President Obama's inauguration with Carol Ruth Silver, one of the Freedom Riders.

Ray Arsenault, Ph.D., the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at USF St. Petersburg, attended the inauguration of President Obama on Monday with one of the Freedom Riders whose story he told in an award-winning book. Carol Ruth Silver was a recent college graduate working at the United Nations when she joined the Freedom Riders movement to protest the … Continue reading

Freedom Riders Documentary Nominated for Three Emmy Awards

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (September 13, 2011) – The documentary based on Ray Arsenault’s award-winning book, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, has won awards in three categories of the Primetime Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The award categories for the documentary Freedom Riders, directed by Stanley Nelson and produced by Laurens Grant, … Continue reading