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Series Kicks Off in September

Black pirates, Native Americans in North Carolina, Old Testament theology and Gloria Steinem will be part of the 2009-10 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

Established in 2007 by ECU’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the lecture series advances the spirit of exploration and discovery that is the hallmark of the liberal arts. Each year, the series offers a schedule of prominent speakers whose pioneering work continues to shape our world.

During this, the season’s third year, six speakers will visit ECU and will share their knowledge and life experiences with the campus and Greenville community.

“The 2009-2010 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series offers an exceptional slate of distinguished speakers addressing topics ranging from black pirates to samurai history, from Old Testament theology to African-American literature, from feminism to Native Americans in North Carolina,” said John Tucker, series director. “This promises to be our best slate of speakers yet.”

Marcus Rediker, chair of the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh and world-renowned scholar of maritime history, will kick off the lecture series with the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History on Sept. 10, cosponsored by the ECU Department of History. Rediker will present, “Black Pirates: The Curious Early History of the Amistad Rebellion.”

For the North Carolina Lecture on Oct. 6, cosponsored by the ECU Asian Studies Program, Mark Ravina, associate professor of history and director of the East Asian Studies Program at Emory University, will discuss “Reflections on The Last Samurai.” Ravina is internationally recognized for his research on early-modern samurai history and culture.
The Premier Lecture on Nov. 6, cosponsored by the ECU Women’s Studies Program, will feature Gloria Steinem, an American feminist icon, respected journalist and vocal activist of a variety of social and political causes. Steinem’s lecture is titled “Reflections on Feminism: A Voyage of Discovery with Gloria Steinem.”

In the Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture to be held Jan. 26, 2010, cosponsored by the ECU Religious Studies Program and Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, will present, “Recovery from the Long Nightmare of Amnesia.”

This year’s Sallie Southall Cotten Lecture on Feb. 17, 2010, will be given by Trudier Harris, a prominent scholar of African-American literature and culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Harris will discuss “Little Old Ladies and the Last World: An Exploration of Sassiness and Risqué Behavior in African American Folklore.”

In the final lecture of the series, the Thomas Harriot Lecture on March 18, 2010, Theda Perdue, Atlanta Distinguished Term Professor of Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lead a discussion on “Native Americans of North Carolina.” Perdue is a nationally recognized authority on the native peoples of the southeastern United States and on gender in native societies.

All lectures are open to the public and held in Wright Auditorium at 7 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available to ECU students, faculty and staff, and are $10 for the general public, with the exception of the Jarvis Lecture, which is free to all attendees. Tickets are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office.

The series is made possible through contributions from the Dean’s Advancement Council of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the East Carolina Alumni Association and additional friends and supporters of the college.

For more information about the series, contact Tucker at 328.1028 or tuckerjo@ecu.edu, or visit www.ecu.edu/voyages.

This page originally appeared in the Sept. 4, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/Arch.cfm.