USF marching band plans trip to Rome
The University of South Florida's Herd of Thunder marching band has the rare honor of performing in the upcoming New Year's Day parade in Rome. They'll also play in St. Peter's Square in front of the Vatican. The band's members have started a crowd-funding campaign to raise $50,000 so they can pull off the trip. Anyone interested in donating can visit the campaign page at usffdn.usf.edu/herdfunder/81/. The fundraiser ends Oct. 21.
Historian to talk about U.S. presidency
A Harvard University historian will reflect on the history of the American presidency, weighing the question, "Do leaders make history?" in a talk at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Fredrik Logevall considers the words of Karl Marx in the context of contemporary history: "Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please." The free event, hosted by the USF Humanities Institute, starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday in CW Bill Young Hall.
Author honored with Kaywell award
Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson will be honored Thursday at USF for her most recent book, The Impossible Knife of Memory. She will receive the 2016 Joan F. Kaywell Books Save Lives Award. "Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition," USF said in a promotion for the event. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held at Gibbons Alumni Center. Refreshments will be served. Admission and parking are free and open to the public.