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East Carolina University student dancers prepared for their performance during a dress rehearsal for Dance 2015. The 2016 performances will begin Jan. 28, 2016. Read more below about Dance 2016. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)


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Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner columnist Dave Barry will speak on the absurdities of our everyday lives in his down-to-Earth style during his performance April 16 on the campus of ECU.
Dave Barry

For more than 15 years, Barry’s weekly column was a staple in more than 500 newspapers nationwide. His TV sitcom, Dave’s World, ran on CBS for four years.

And for 20 years, he has played lead guitar in the literary rock band The Rock Bottom Remainders with fellow authors including Scott Turow, Barbara Kingsolver and Amy Tan. The band has been described as “not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud.”

Barry performs at 8 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. The production is part of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $50 for the public and $20 for students and available March 1 at

Voyages of Discovery

The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series will host two campus events during the spring semester. Both are free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

On Jan. 26, Derek Alderman and Alfred Brophy will speak on “What’s in a Name? Memorials and Historical Memory” at 7:30 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre. A former ECU faculty member, Alderman is head of the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Brophy is the Judge J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

Navajo Code Talkers

Zonnie Gorman

The contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II will be the focus of the Thomas Harriot Lecture “Navajo Code Talkers: In-depth with Zonnie Gorman” on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre. Gorman has appeared in and served as a consultant to several documentaries on the men, including True Whispers and the History Channel’s Navajo Code Talkers.

Contemporary Writers Series

The Contemporary Writers Series will partner with several groups to bring two author events to campus in the spring. Kevin Powers, the 2013 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner, will be on campus March 16-17. A veteran of the Iraq War, Powers was recognized for his critically acclaimed first novel, The Yellow Birds. And Veterans Book Project visual artist Monica Haller is slated to be at ECU March 16-23. The Veterans Book Project is a library of books written collaboratively by Haller, an artist, and dozens of people who have been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

- Jeannine Manning Hutson and Harley Dartt