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2018-2019 Season

Anita Hill
Anita Hill

Women's and Civil Rights Advocate

"Social Movement to Social Impact: Putting an End to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" 

September 20, 2018 | 7:00 PM | Wright Auditorium

Anita Hill is a law professor at Brandeis University and an advocate for equality and civil rights. She famously testified against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in a sexual harassment case in 1991. Today, Hill is a proponent of Title IX awareness in education and employment practices and is collaborating with artist Mark Branford to create a 400-foot painting in Washington, D.C. that revisits the lost texts of civil rights activist Myrtle Evers-Williams.

Co-sponsors include: THCAS; ECU Women's Roundtable.

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Angus Konstam
Angus Konstam

Author, Historian and World-Renowned Expert on Pirates

"Blackbeard at 300: New Findings on North Carolina's Most (In)famous Pirate" 

October 25, 2018 | 7:00 PM | Wright Auditorium

Angus Konstam, a formal naval officer, underwater archaeologist and museum curator, specializes in maritime and military history. Konstam is best known for his work on piracy and is the author of more than 100 books, including History of Pirates and Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. His visit to ECU is timely as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard's death.

Co-sponsors include: THCAS.

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Clinton Van Zandt
Clinton Van Zandt

Retired FBI Profiler and Hostage Negotiator 

"Psychological Profiling: Solving Famous Unsolved Cases" 

February 21, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Wright Auditorium

Clinton Van Zandt is a retired FBI profiler and hostage negotiator who led the internationally respected Behavioral Science or "Silence of the Lambs" Unit. He has been the primary hostage negotiator for many national and international kidnap and hostage situations, has testified before the U.S. Senate, and has made more appearances than any other FBI Agent (3,000+) on national and international television shows on NBC, MSNBC, Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. In addition, Van Zandt is a former U.S. Army counter-intelligence agent and a Vietnam War veteran.

Co-sponsors include: THCAS.

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Lisa Randall
Dr. Lisa Randall

Harvard Physicist

"Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs"

April 4, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Wright Auditorium

Dr. Lisa Randall is an acclaimed Harvard physicist and author of the book Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs. Randall's studies involve the most fundamental questions about the nature of matter, space and the universe. Her research into extra dimensions of space, particle physics and cosmology has made her one of the most important and cited theoretical physicists today, and she was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People."

Co-sponsors include: THCAS.

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Voyages Speaker Receptions
Voyages of Discovery Speaker Receptions
Join us for special access receptions with Voyages of Discovery speakers prior to the evening events.

Reception events are limited to 70 guests. Additional information will be available later this summer.

Wright Auditorium


Jeffrey S. Johnson,
Ph.D., Director
Voyages of Discovery Series
2147 Bate Building
East Carolina University