FSC professors present
at National Humanities Center
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept.
16, 2002) - Florida Southern professors Stacey E. Boyette and Francis
R. Hodges attended the National Humanities Center seminar in June.
Entitled "You Must Remember This: The Creation and Uses of Cultural
Memory," the seminar brought together faculty from various disciplines
to discuss classic works and to explore cultural memory and how
it shapes the identity of a community and a nation. The participants
presented projects reflecting their interests in various cultures,
memory and historical events. The seminar was funded by the Jessie
Ball duPont Foundation and was designed for faculty from undergraduate
teaching institutions who generally do not have extensive opportunities
for research and inquiry into scholarly research, writing and discussion.
Boyette, assistant professor of chemistry, used her interest in
martial arts to study the use of Japanese cultural elements in American
karate schools. "It occurred to me that 'traditional' martial arts
schools across the United States cultivated and preserved a culture
and memory borrowed from Japan." Her studies included a survey of
45 martial artists in five different Japanese karate styles. Boyette
has been with FSC for two years.
Hodges, professor of history and faculty member since 1978, presented
a WEB-based project that reinterpreted cultural memory to include
nostalgia, based on his thesis that people are more interested as
a culture in nostalgia than in genuine memory. Elements of his project
included the origin and sudden increase of building monuments and
statutes from the Franco-Prussian War through World War I; current
theme parks that incorporate "history land" in their attractions;
and preservation projects such as Colonial Williamsburg.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.