Lecture Series Celebrates Harriot, Arts and Sciences
Dr. Alan White, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, has announced a new lecture series honoring the college’s namesake, Thomas Harriot.
The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series will feature four lectures during the 2007-08 academic year, beginning with a presentation by Peter White, professor of botany at UNC - Chapel Hill, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.
White’s lecture, “From the Appalachians to the Coastal Plain: North Carolina’s Wildflowers and Ecology,” will focus on plants native to North Carolina.
Additional lectures in the series include a presentation by world-renowned paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, Oct. 10; The Sallie Southall Cotton Lecture by Dr. Lisa Norling, entitled “Captain Ahab Had a Wife,” Feb. 21; and the Harriot Lecture by Mark Nicholls, noted scholar of the life and times of Sir Walter Raleigh and his associate Thomas Harriot, April 11, 2008. The Leakey lecture will take place in Wright Auditorium while the other events will be held in the Science and Technology Building, Room OC-307.
ECU professor John Tucker (History) directs the series, which he said is an outgrowth of the annual Harriot Lecture devoted to the life and work of Thomas Harriot. Harriot was author of the first English-language publication on the new world, “A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia.”
Although the title refers to Virginia, the area Harriot helped explore was the area now known as Roanoke Island. The lecture Series celebrates the spirit of exploration and discovery that characterized Harriot’s life, and the College of Arts and Sciences that has been named after him. The lectures are sponsored through contributions from the Dean’s Advancement Council for the Harriot College and the East Carolina Alumni Association.