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“Shakespeare in America” – March 27 Voyages Lecture

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Interim Dean John C. Sutherland invites you to attend the Thomas Harriot Lecture, the final lecture in the 2013-14 Thomas Harriot Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Dr. James S. Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will discuss “Shakespeare in America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Wright Auditorium.


Shapiro, who is also the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York City, will give his presentation as part of a series of events celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The lecture is co-sponsored by the THCAS Department of English, and the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.


Tickets for this lecture are free to all attendees and are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office located in Mendenhall Student Center, or by calling 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.


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Internationally acclaimed writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will visit East Carolina University on April 2, 2014 as part of the ECU Contemporary Writers Series. The Nigerian-American poet and novelist is the author of The Purple Hibiscus and Half of Yellow Sun, frequent titles on ECU course reading lists.

Adichie won the Orange Prize (one of the best of the British prizes) for her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun (2009), a novel named after the flag of the short-lived nation of Biafra and set during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-1970.  Her first novel Purple Hibiscus (2003) won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book (2005).  Her latest book Americanah (2013) is the story of the Americanization of a young Nigerian woman in Obama-era America learning the difference between “African-American” and “American-African.”  As of today, Adichie’s TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story” has reached over four million viewers. []

ECU English professor Richard Taylor  has observed: “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie picked up the mantle of Chinua Achebe and has, in a short time, transcended the boundaries of her Nigerian home and become an important figure in world literature.” ECU graduate student Kevin Nosalek, who is writing his Master’s thesis on Adichie, says, “The one thing that stands out about Adichie and the one way she has influenced me the most was her concept of ‘The Danger of a Single Story.’ Hearing her words in this speech was my first real ‘a-ha’ moment while pursuing my Master’s degree. Adichie changed the way I read and, most importantly, understand African literature. Through her work, she brought Nigeria and Africa to me on a personal level with characters with whom I can relate and recognize despite the differences in our cultures.”Unknown

Fourth Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational, co-hosted by The North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery

ApplewhiteThe North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery are co-hosting an opening reception for the Fourth Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational on March 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
For this event, artists submit various multimedia works inspired by the poems of Dr. Applewhite, a frequent contributor to the North Carolina Literary Review and a winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature, as well as an inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Dr. Applewhite will speak briefly and read his poems at 7:00 p.m.


Please join us for the event.

See the website below for a list of new releases!

Margaret D. Bauer to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Department of English congratulates Margaret D. Bauer, who will receive ECU’s Lifetime Achievement Awards for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity at an awards ceremony held, Thursday, March 6, 2014, 4:00 PM, at The East Carolina Heart Institute, 115 Heart Drive.

Faculty Speaker Series: Joseph Horst

Joseph Horst

Joseph Horst will be reading an excerpt from “Prometheus,” a short story he is currently working on for possible publication.

Please join us this week for the second Spring 2014 talk in our Faculty Speaker Series:

When: Thursday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. 

Where: Bate 2024 

Come for what promises to be a good conversation. Refreshments will be provided during the presentation.

Archival Explorations: Ongoing Research in the Stuart Wright Collection

Visiting Assistant Professor John Steen and several of his students will be presenting “Archival Explorations: Ongoing Research by Faculty and Students in the Stuart Wright Collection” at Joyner Library on Monday, February 3, at 7:30pm.

Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities

Wednesday, November 13th, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Please join us for the next Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities event! Gender Around the Globe One of our new colleagues, Erin Frost is speaking at the November 13 Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities. Come out to support this event!  

Featuring Presentations By:

Purificacion Martinez
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Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
“Gendering the Monarchy: Kingship and Queenship in Castigos y Documentos del Rey don Sancho”

Erin Frost

Erin Frost

Assistant Professor, Department of English
“Exploding Monocultures of Gender: Perspectives on Health and Medical Rhetorics”

Mona Russell
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Associate Professor, Department of History
Egyptian Advertising and the Body Politic: 1922-1936”

This Event Will Be Held at the Greenville Museum of Art  Located on 802 South Evans Street Greenville, NC 27858 Phone: (252) 758-1946 Please RSVP by Friday, November 8 by going here:

November 13th: Poetry Reading

There will be an evening of poetry reading at the Gray Gallery, ECU School of Art and Design, on the evening of Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Poets Crystal Good ( and Amber Flora Thomas ( will be reading from their most recent publications:

Crystal Good - Valley Girl

Crystal Good is a writer poet living in West Virginia with her three sons. Her first chapbook of poetry, Valley Girl, explores themes in quantum physics, Appalachian culture, gender equality and mountaintop removal.

As a member of the Affrilachian (African-American-Appalachian) Poets (, she has been a featured poet/speaker at universities and colleges.

Amber Flora Thomas, Poetry NYC

Amber Flora Thomas is a professor of poetry and creative writing at East Carolina University. Her lyric poems often engage the body as a record of loss and accrual. She is the recipient of several major poetry awards, including the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize and Ann Stanford Prize. Her published work includes Eye of Water: Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), which won the Cave Canem Prize and The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems (University of Alaska Press, 2012).



For more information, please contact Lisa Beth Robinson at: 252/328-5480 or

November 19th: A Jazz Celebration of Langston Hughes

Tuesday, November 19th: Noted jazz musician Stuart Mindeman will be performing personally composed musical settings of poetry by Langston Hughes. The event will take place at 7:30 pm at Speight Auditorium, which is in the Leo Jenkins Fine Art Center. The event is absolutely free, and supported by the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities and the Department of English.

All lyrics copyrighted 1994 by the Estate of Langston Hughes.

Department of English welcomes new faculty

The Department of English welcomes 9 new faculty members to the department for the 2013-2014 new school year:

Jessica Bardill (Indigenous Literatures)
Alyson Eggleston (Teaching Assistant Professor)
Erin Frost (Technical & Professional Communication)
Guiseppe Getto (Technical & Profession Communication)
Elizabeth Hoiem (Children’s and Victorian Literature)
Mark Johnson (Applied Linguistics)
Richard Nace (Teaching Instructor)
Christine Nicodemus (Teaching Instructor)
John Steen (Visiting Assistant Professor)