Dr. Eve M. Troutt Powell

Slavery and Freedom Discussion at First ECU Voyages Lecture

East Carolina University’s Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series begins on Sept. 9 with the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History. Dr. Eve M. Troutt Powell, associate professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, will kick off the series with her discussion on “The Language of Slavery, the Diction of Freedom: Voices from the Nile Valley and Ottoman Empire,” at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

Troutt Powell is the first of four lecturers who will visit campus through the series sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. The Brewster Lecture is cosponsored by the ECU Department of History.

Complimentary tickets for the lecture are available to ECU students, faculty and staff, and are $10 for the general public. Tickets are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office by calling 252-328-4788, 1-800-ECU-ARTS or (voice/TTY) 252-328-4736. 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.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Troutt Powell taught for 10 years at The University of Georgia. She is a professor of history and Middle East and Africana studies, and her research specialty is the Nile Valley, particularly the 19th century history of Egypt and Sudan.

She is the author of “A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain and the Mastery of Sudan,” as well as co-editor of “The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam.” Currently, she is working on a book about the memory of slavery in the Nile Valley, which examines how slaves and slaveholders wrote, sang or talked about the experience of servitude and its meaning in their societies.

Throughout her career, Troutt Powell has received fellowships from the American Research Center in Egypt and the Social Science Research Council, and she has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2003, she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

Established in 2007, the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series advances the spirit of exploration and discovery that is the hallmark of the liberal arts.

“It has become the premier intellectual event for students and faculty of ECU, the citizens of eastern North Carolina, and a showcase for the quality of academic life at ECU,” said Dr. Alan R. White, dean of the college. “The series features thought provoking and accomplished leaders from a variety of disciplines, who provide insight into important issues in today’s society and whose pioneering work continues to shape our world.”

The series is made possible through contributions from the Dean’s Advancement Council of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and additional friends and supporters of the college. For more information, contact Dr. John Tucker, director of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, at 252-328-1028 or tuckerjo@ecu.edu, or visit www.ecu.edu/voyages.