ECU Visiting Whichard Professor Hosts Guest Lecturer Who Owns History: Making Fiction from the Facts of the Triangle Fire of 1911


In conjunction with East Carolina University’s visiting Whichard professor in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Temma Berg, the public is invited to attend a free, open lecture, “Who Owns History: Making Fiction from the Facts of the Triangle Fire of 1911” at 4 p.m., Feb. 23, in the Mendenhall Student Center, room 221.

Katharine Weber, best-selling author and adjunct assistant professor of writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts, will deliver the presentation. The event is co-sponsored by the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Women's and Gender Studies Program, the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program, the Department of History, the Ethnic Studies Program and the ECU Honor's College.

In her lecture, Weber will explore intersections of history and fiction in her novel “Triangle.” Her work has been universally praised. According to the Chicago Tribune, “Katharine Weber is one of the wittiest, most stimulating novelists at work today - wonderful fun and endlessly provocative.” Her latest book “True Confections,” was described in the New York Times Book Review as “a great American tale…. It’s got everything: humor, treachery, class struggle, racism, murder, capitalism and mass quantities of candy.”

Weber has taught fiction writing at Connecticut College, Yale University and the Paris Writers Workshop, and she was the Kratz Writer in Residence at Goucher College in Spring 2006. In addition to her current position at Columbia University, she serves on the staff of the Star Foundation.

For additional information on Weber’s presentation, contact Marieke Van Willigen, director of the ECU Women’s Studies Program, at 252-328-6092 or Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.