Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author to Visit ECU

Voyages of Discovery Series: Colson Whitehead

September 18, 2017

By Lacey L. Gray
Director of Marketing and Communications
Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Colson Whitehead

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


Whitehead’s presentation, 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