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Flowers receives prestigious award
honoring theatrical career
Theatre professor Michael Flowers can take another curtain call: He recently received the prestigious Marian Gallaway
Award from the Alabama Conference of Theatre. The award, named for a legendary theatre professor at the University
of Alabama who died in 1980, is presented each year to a person who has contributed to theatre in the state throughout
their careers.
The ACT praised Flowers’ teaching and artistic service, calling him instrumental in growing BSC’s nationally recognized
theatre program. “As a director, his productions have graced stages across the country and ACT is pleased to honor an
individual who has done so much to nurture theatre and the quality of theatre education in the state of Alabama,” the
organization said in a news release.
Flowers, who has been at BSC since 1984, has already seen his work recognized on the state and national levels,
including through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. It’s the first time a BSC professor has brought
home the Gallaway honor since Arnold Powell won it in 1979.
Smith co-edits anthology on Sienese art
Dr. Tim Smith, BSC associate professor of art history, co-edited the recently published
Art as Politics in Late Medieval and Renaissance Siena
and also contributed a chapter
entitled “Politics and Antiquity in the Baptist’s Chapel Façade.” The volume, which features
the work of nine scholars from the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and
Germany, explores the intersection of art, politics, and religion in the Tuscan city of Siena
from its defeat by Florence at the Battle of Montaperti in 1260 to the end of the Sienese
Republic in 1550. Smith began work on a new book,
Relic and Image in Renaissance Siena
during a six-week research trip to Italy this past fall while on sabbatical. He joined the BSC
faculty in 2006.
McClish co-authors new book on classical South Asian politics
Dr. Mark McClish, assistant professor of religion, co-wrote the book
The Arthasastra:
Selections from the Classic Indian Work on Statecraft
with author Patrick Olivelle, published
by Hackett Publishing Co. The
is the only treatise on statecraft from classical
India and is an invaluable resource for understanding ancient South Asian political
thought. The selections presented in the volume provide a comprehensive and
unparalleled panoramic view of Indian society during the period between the Maurya
(320-185 BCE) and Gupta (320-497 CE) Empires. The book also provides a general
introduction that briefly traces the arc of ancient South Asian history, explains the
classical Indian tradition of statecraft, and discusses the origins and importance of the
. McClish has taught at BSC since 2010.
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