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Honors Program presents lecture series to ‘Celebrate the Liberal Arts’

Nabil Matar (left) and Dennis Thompson.

Nabil Matar (left) and Dennis Thompson.

The USF St. Petersburg Honors Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special lecture series that reflects the theme of the anniversary, “Celebrate the Liberal Arts.” Dennis Thompson, Ph.D., the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy Emeritus at Harvard University, will discuss “Science, Ethics and Democracy” on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. at the University Student Center … Continue reading

Lecture to probe complexities of Rosewood Massacre

The aftermath of racial violence in Rosewood, January 1923.

The aftermath of racial violence in Rosewood, January 1923.

Edward Gonzalez-Tennant was a Ph.D. student in anthropology at the University of Florida in 2008 when he began studying the history of Rosewood, a tiny, mostly black community near Cedar Key that was destroyed by racial violence in 1923. “I realized there had not been an academic study of Rosewood in years,” he said. “I was shocked.” He would spend … Continue reading

Sembler Florida Holocaust Lecture to feature author discussing controversial Polish singer, ‘The Accused’

Agata Tuszynska, author of Vera Gran: The Accused. Photo by Patrycja Makowska

Agata Tuszynska, author of Vera Gran: The Accused. Photo by Patrycja Makowska

Vera Gran was one of the most famous singers in Poland when the Nazis invaded and sent her to the Warsaw ghetto and eventually to the Treblinka concentration camp, only to spend the rest of her life fighting accusations that she was a Nazi collaborator. Gran’s story will be recounted by Polish author Agata Tuszynska on Nov. 18 at 3:30 … Continue reading

Political science professor tells human rights conference in Seoul that ending North Korea abuse requires shift in focus

Thomas Smith, Ph.D.

Thomas Smith, Ph.D.

Thomas Smith, Ph.D., USF St. Petersburg associate professor of political science, made a presentation in South Korea last month during an international conference on human rights in North Korea. Smith, director of the USFSP Honors Program, was invited to the May 20 conference because of his scholarly work on European efforts to improve human rights in Turkey. He taught international … Continue reading

Honors student heads toward graduation with big goals in sight

Marco Padilla-Rodriguez

Marco Padilla-Rodriguez

Marco Padilla-Rodriguez has known what he wanted to do since he was a teenager. He wanted to teach. Then he fell in love with the environment and was determined to combine his two passions. So when he was accepted into the Honors Program at USF St. Petersburg in 2009, he enrolled in the Environmental Science Program. His goal: to be … Continue reading