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Whichard Lectures Scheduled

The 2008 Whichard endowed chairs at East Carolina University will present their lectures this month.

Maria Socorro Tabuenca Córdoba, a professor of Romance languages, will present “Ghost Dance in Ciudad Juarez: Women’s Murders Representations” at 7:30 p.m., April 7 in Room C-209, Science and Technology Building.

Anne Goodwyn Jones, a professor of Southern literature, will present “ ‘The Burden of Southern History’: Southerners Rewrite the Civil War” at 5:30 p.m., April 16, in Bate 1028. Jones will examine how and why twentieth century writers rewrite the Civil War as they do.  She will focus on C. Vann Woodward’s “The Burden of Southern History,” Flannery O’Connor’s stories, including “A Late Encounter With the Enemy,” and William Faulkner’s stories in “The Unvanquished.”

There are two Whichard Distinguished Professorships in the Humanities, both endowed chairs in honor of David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard of Greenville. The professorships rotate yearly among the humanities departments and programs in the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso, and serving as dean for the North West Region of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Mexico, Tabuenca Córdoba is the co-editor of several publications that investigate borders, including “Border Women. Writing from la frontera.” She has published dozens of articles in international journals about women and the U.S.-Mexico border. She has received research grants and scholarships from the Hewlett Foundation, Cornell University, El Colegio de México, and others, and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Rio Bravo/Rio Grande Program from the Smithsonian Institution.

Jones’s publications and presentations number over a hundred, and her books include “Tomorrow Is Another Day: The Woman Writer in the South” and, co-edited with Susan Donaldson, “Haunted Bodies: Gender and Southern Texts.” She has held faculty appointments across the country, including visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Jones has received awards and fellowships from many organizations, including the Jesse Ball Dupont Fund; the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


This page originally appeared in the April 4, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at