September 18, 2017
Colson Whitehead, 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Underground Railroad,” will visit East
Carolina University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Wright Auditorium.
Whitehead will provide a
reading and commentary of his novel as the second guest in the 2017-18 season
of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Series.
“Whitehead has established
himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary
literature,” writes Whitehead’s publisher, Penguin Random House. “From the
secret lives of elevators to international poker tournaments, Whitehead takes
on the marginal, the strange and the surreal.”
Throughout his career, Whitehead
has been honored with many awards and distinctions. He is the recipient of a MacArthur
Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
Fellowship, Whiting Writers Award and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
Whitehead’s reviews, essays
and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York
Magazine, Harper’s Magazine and Granta.
He has taught at the
University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College,
New York University, Princeton University and Wesleyan University. In addition,
Whitehead he has been a writer-in-residence at Vassar College, the University
of Richmond and the University of Wyoming.
The Voyages of Discovery
Series is made possible through contributions from Harriot College’s Dean’s
Advancement Council, university organizations, and many friends and supporters.
Tickets for Whitehead’s event
are $15. Tickets for youth ages 16 and under are $5 per event. Tickets may be
requested through the ECU Central Ticket Office by calling 1-800-ECU-ARTS
(1-800-328-2787) or by visiting www.ecu.edu/voyages/tickets.cfm.
which is a Wellness Passport Event, is free for ECU students. Tickets are
required. To receive a free ticket, ECU students must go to the ECU Central
Ticket Office, located in Mendenhall Student Center, and present his or her ECU
One Card. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours
prior to the event.For additional information about
the Voyages Series, visit www.ecu.edu/voyages.