Nearly two weeks of hard work culminated with cheers at nightfall June 26 when ECU students pulled back the walls of a giant kiln that had reached temperatures of 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit to reveal a 7-foot-tall ceramic fish. The sculpture was made possible by the ECU Ceramics Guild, which raised approximately $4,500 for the project, in collaboration with STARworks and the School of Art and Design in ECU’s College of Fine Arts and Communication. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)


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North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson will visit campus Oct. 14 as part of the ECU Contemporary Writers Series. Stephenson has been called “North Carolina’s Poet of the Common Man.”

Stephenson grew up on a small farm near Benson in eastern North Carolina. During his time as poet laureate, Stephenson plans to implement three programs: leading writing workshops in assisted living and retirement homes; raising awareness of using archives; and promoting writing about farming. While at ECU, he’ll meet with students and give a public reading.

Peter Bergen
One of the few Westerners to interview Osama bin Laden face-to-face, Peter Bergen, will present the Premiere Lecture, “Making Sense of a Troubled World,” Sept. 29 as part of the 2015-16 Voyages of Discovery series.

Bergen is a print and television journalist, documentary producer and author of four books, including his most recent work, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad. He is director of national security studies program at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., and CNN’s national security analyst.

The Voyages of Discovery series Lecture on Religion and Culture will feature Raymond Moody, emeritus professor of consciousness studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Oct. 27. He is the author of 14 books, including Life after Life (1975) and Glimpses of Eternity (2010.) Moody, who holds a medical degree and a doctorate of philosophy, is best known for his study of near-death experiences and his interviews with people around the world who had these occurrences. This lecture had to be rescheduled from February because of bad weather.

Ticket information for the Voyages of Discovery lecture series is available at