TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Dr. Diane Roberts, University of Alabama
English professor and well-known political commentator in the
United States and abroad, will be honored by her alma mater,
Florida State University, on Nov. 15.
Roberts will be given a “Grads Made Good” award at
FSU’s Homecoming Breakfast. Also being honored are Mel
Martinez, U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and
James Towey, deputy assistant to the president and director of
the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
All three were chosen by the FSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa
National Leadership Honor Society.
Roberts holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from
FSU and a doctorate in literature from Oxford University,
England. Her family has a long history with FSU dating back to
her great-great-grandfather who attended in 1864 when the
institution was known as the Seminary West of the Suwannee. Both
of her parents graduated from FSU.
“It’s very nice to be given this award from an
institution I have belonged to for my whole life,” Roberts
said. “I got a brilliant education from FSU and it’s
wonderful to be honored by a place that has meant so much to me
and to my family.”
Roberts is in the midst of writing a non-fiction history of
Florida that she hopes to have published in 2004 or early 2005
called “Dream State.” Today she also writes columns for the
“St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times” and “The Times” of London,
as well as occasional op-ed pieces for “The New York Times.”
She serves as a commentator for National Public Radio and also
records radio commentaries for the British Broadcasting
Corporation on American writers and their lives.
The department of
English is part of the College
of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division
and the largest public liberal arts college in the state, with
approximately 5,500 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.
The College has received national recognition for academic
excellence, and its students have been selected for many of the
nation’s top academic honors, including 13 Rhodes
Scholarships, 14 Goldwater Scholarships, seven Truman
Scholarships, and 15 memberships on USA Today’s Academic