Internationally acclaimed writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (above) will visit campus April 2 as part of the ECU Contemporary Writers Series. The Nigerian-American poet and novelist is the author of The Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun—frequent titles on ECU course reading lists.
Adichie won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book in 2005 and the Orange Prize in 2009; her latest work, Americanah, was published in 2013. It is the story of the Americanization of a young Nigerian woman in Obama-era America learning the difference between “African-American” and “American-African.”
ECU English professor Richard Taylor describes Adichie as a writer who “has, in a short time, transcended the boundaries of her Nigerian home and become an important figure in world literature.”
Dr. James Shapiro will present the Thomas Harriot Lecture in the Voyages of Discovery Series on “Shakespeare in America” on March 27 in Wright Auditorium. Shapiro is the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Shapiro is currently writing The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, as well as a Library of America volume entitled Shakespeare in America. He is a governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library and on the board of directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tickets are $10 for the public.