International Speakers and Events

Russian Film Series, January 14, 2009, Bate 2011 at 6:30-9:00

Enjoy the beginning of Spring semester with a great Russian romantic comedy “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” (Mosfilm, 1979) starring Alexey Batalov and Vera Alentova. Academy Award Winner Best Foreign Film 1980. English subtitles.

Great Decisions Program, January 17-March 7, 2009

Topics related to Asian Studies include US and Rising Powers, Energy and the Global Economy, Global Food Supply, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and Universal Human Rights.

Voices for Peace: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibit, January 27—March 10, 2009

A poster exhibit chronicling the bombing, aftermath and plea “never again”. Joyner Library, Second Floor Exhibit Area. Sponsored by: Kyoritsu University, Hisako Okawa, Hiroko Tyabata, Hiroshima International Homestay Club, Satsuki Ogura, Yuichi Kudo, CCU of Nagano Prefecture, Shozo Fujiwara, Hiroshima Jyogakuin University, Takehiro Asano “This is our cry. This is our prayer. For peace in this world.” Children’s Peace Monument.

The ECU Asian Studies Program will sponsor a reception for the Hiroshima Poster Exhibit on Saturday, January 31, from 10:00-5:00 pm, in Joyner Library, 2nd Floor Display area. The public is invited to attend. In addition to light refreshments from 10-3:00 pm, there will be a Hiroshima Film Festival featuring the three videos related to the atomic bombing.

The first video is the award-winning documentary, Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima, focused two Japanese artists, Iri and Toshi Maruki, and their mural paintings depicting their interpretations of the horrific consequences of the atomic attack. Hellfire will be shown from 10:30-11:30 am. The second video, Barefoot Gen, examines, through animation, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima from the perspective of a young boy, Gen, who is forced to find ways to survive the final months of WWII. This video is based on the best-selling comic book (manga) by Keiji Nakazawa. Barefoot Gen will be shown from 1:00-2:30 pm. The final video, Black Rain, explores the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima as experienced by a young woman engaged to be married. This video, directed by Shohei Imamura, is based on the classic novel by Masuji Ibuse. Black Rain will be shown from 3:00-5:00 pm. Support for the reception is provided by the North Carolina Teaching About Asia Network, based at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Russian Film Series February 4, Bate 2011, 7:30-9:00 PM.

Come to see one of the best Russian comedies of all the times. IVAN VASILIEVICH: Back to the Future (Ivan Vasilievich menyet professiyu) by Leonid Gaidai (1973).Starring: Yuri Yakovlev, Alexander Demyanenko, Leonid Kuravlev, Mihail Pugovkin. English subtitles.

Also if you are interested in black and white classics, you are welcome to see the Part Two of S. Eisenstein’s film “Ivan the Terrible” (1946) at 6:00-7:20 in the same room (prior to the comedy screening) .

Origami Workshop, February 12, 4:00 to 5:30, Bate 3006

Russian Film Series, Onegin (UK, 1998).Wed, February 18, Bate 2011, 6:30-8:15 PM

Based on the classic novel in verse “Evgeny Onegin” by Alexander Pushkin.

Russian Film Series, Barber of Siberia (1998), Wed, February 25, Bate 2011, 6:30-9:25 PM

A passionate story of friendship, love and betrayal in the late Imperial Russia of 1880s. This picturesque film is directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, one of the most celebrated filmmakers in Russia.

Mardi Gras Celebration and Pot Luck Dinner, February 25, 2009, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, 6:30-9:30

Hosted by Phi Sigma Iota in collaboration with the ECU French Club

Gems Of The Russian Wonderland, New Photo Exhibition at Joyner Library, 1st Floor, Digital Learning CenterThrough mid April.

This exhibition shows the gems of Russian religious architecture through the ages. Come and see why architecture is called “Music in Stone”. Look at the examples of the ancient Russian masterpieces: temples, monasteries and convents erected from the 12th century to present. Learn about Russian history and culture through its architectural gems. The photo exhibition is a joint project of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Joyner Library. This exhibition is sponsored by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. FLYER

Hispanic Film Series. February 26, 2009, 5:30 Bate 1031

Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary by Arturo Pérez Torres (Canada, 2005) (English subtitles). Everybody welcome! May include adult content. Discussions to follow film.

Twentieth-Century Perspectives on Ancient Greece: Dr. Glenn Bugh, of Virginia Tech: "Kevin Andrews and Greek History" February 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Bate 1023

Kevin Andrews, an American archaeologist and poet, wrote several of the twentieth-century's most notable travelogues about Greece, including The Flight of Ikaros and Athens Alive.His works reflect the tumultuous periods in Greece from World War II through the Greek Civil War.FLYER

Odyssey LIVE!The epic adventure begins at 8:00 a.m. on March 19 at the Cupola

A day-long reading of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, unabridged, from start to finish (in English).For approximately fifteen hours, audiences can hear the song of the Sirens, cower at the one-eyed Cyclops, travel to the underworld to meet Achilles, marvel at the crafty ploys of Penelope, listen to the tales of Helen of Troy, and witness Odysseus take violent revenge on the 100 suitors who dared to vie for his wife's hand!Readers will include faculty and students from the Classical Studies program, with generous assistance from faculty and students of the Department of Theater and DanceAudiences are invited to come and go as they need.Stay for ten minutes or ten hours!

Hispanic Film Series. March 26, 2009, 5:30 Bate 1031

Bolivia by Israel Adrián Caetano (Argentina) 2001. Everybody welcome! May include adult content. Discussions to follow film.

“Women, Power, and Sovereignty in Medieval  Ireland” a lecture by Amy Eichhorn Mulligan (U. Memphis), 4 pm, Thursday, March 19— Bate 1032
Free and Open to the Public. Sponsored by the Departments of History and English, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and Women’s Studies, in collaboration with Appalachian State U. and Longwood University, VA.

Twentieth-Century Perspectives on Ancient Greece: Dr. Peter Green, Visiting Distinguished Whichard Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, is the Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics in the University of Texas at Austin and professor of Classics at the University of Iowa.During the week of March 30, Dr. Green will host a two-day festival dedicated to the twentieth-century Greek poet Yannis Ritsos.The festival will include a performance of several of Ritsos's poetic monologues, performed by ECU faculty and students.The powerful monologues, translated by Dr. Green and Beverly Bardsley, are written in the personae of Greek mythological characters.The festival will conclude with a lecture by Dr. Green on Ritsos's poetry, with particular focus on the performed monologues.Dates and locations to be announced.

Twentieth-Century Perspectives on Ancient Greece: Dr. Oswyn Murray, formerly of Balliol College in Oxford University, will visit ECU as part of his lecture circuit that also includes Princeton University, the University of North Carolina and Duke University.The topic of his lecture will be Arnaldo Momigliano, the distinguished twentieth-century classical historian who fled the anti-Jewish laws of Mussolini's Italy for Oxford and, later in life, the University of Chicago.Dr. Murray's lecture will focus on Momigliano's works on peace and liberty, written as a young scholar in 1940.(Tentative) date: Thursday, April 23.Time and location to be announced.This lecture is co-sponsored by the Program in Great Books.

THE THOMAS HARRIOT QUADRICENTENNIAL CONFERENCE CELEBRATING 400th ANNIVERSARY OF HARRIOT’S USE OF THE TELESCOPE 1-4 April 2009 Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Greenville & Manteo                                                                               
Organized and hosted by East Carolina historian, Dr. Larry Tise, the conference features two dozen researchers and historians presenting new findings on the moment when English explorers crossed the Atlantic to establish fragile settlements on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and began charting both coastal waters and night time skies.   Consisting of a rich variety of public lectures, workshops on map-making and archaeological excavations, and numerous discussions on recent research, the entire conference is free and open to the public. 
For additional information about the Thomas Harriot Quadricentennial Conference, or for a complete program roster containing detailed event titles, times and locations, go to  For additional questions about the conference, contact Larry Tise at 252.328.1026 or  While registration is not necessary for public lectures, persons wishing to attend workshops, tours, and discussion sessions are encouraged to register through the conference website to assure admission to smaller events.