Dr. David T. Courtright

ECU Voyages Lecture Series Commences with Discussion on America’s Air and Space Exploration

East Carolina University’s Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series kicks off its fifth season on Sept. 13 with the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History, cosponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of History.

Dr. David T. Courtwright, John A. Delaney Presidential Professor at the University of North Florida, will discuss “Sky as Frontier: America’s Air and Space Century,” at 7 p.m. in ECU’s Wright Auditorium.

Much of Courtwright’s scholarly work focuses on the history of special problems pertaining to frontier life. In addition, he has written on the subjects of American aviation, and drug use and drug policy. Currently, he is working on a book about pleasure and capitalism in the modern world. Courtwright received his Ph.D. in history from Rice University and his B.A. degree in English from the University of Kansas.

Established in 2007, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series advances the spirit of exploration and discovery that is the hallmark of the liberal arts, and since its inception has featured speakers of international renown and wide public interest.

“This series has become the premier intellectual event for students and faculty of ECU and the citizens of eastern North Carolina, and it is a showcase for the quality of academic life at ECU,” said Dr. Alan R. White, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. “Past speakers, including anthropologist Richard Leakey and activist Gloria Steinem, have shared their unique perspectives and provided insight into important issues in today’s society. This season’s lineup is sure to be as equally stimulating.”

Courtwright is the first of five prominent speakers who will visit ECU during the 2011-12 season. Additional lecturers will address topics ranging from international politics and literature, contemporary Black theology and history, and the cultural and ecological treasures of eastern North Carolina.

Complimentary tickets for the lecture are available to ECU students, faculty and staff, and are $10 for the general public. For tickets, call the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS. 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.