Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

ECU to Welcome Keith Wailoo, Princeton Professor and Author, as Brewster History Lecturer

January 11, 2017

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

Keith Wailoo

Award-winning author and Princeton professor Keith Wailoo will speak at East Carolina University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Wright Auditorium.

Wailoo continues the 10th anniversary season of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series with the Lawrence F. Brewster History Lecture. Through his discussion “Pain: A Political History,” Wailoo will address the battle over whose pain is real and who deserves relief, which has created stark ideological divisions that are often revealed by the bedside and in politics and courtrooms.

To watch a short video of Wailoo discussing pain, visit The ECU lecture will be followed by an open question-and-answer session.

Before joining the Princeton faculty, Wailoo taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the departments of history and social medicine, and at Rutgers University in history and in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. He has written about drugs and drug policy; race, science and health; the history of medicine; and health policy and medical affairs in the U.S. Currently, Wailoo is working on two book-length projects about a study of the menthol cigarette and a history of addiction.

Prior to the lecture, copies of Wailoo’s books will be available for sale in the lobby of Wright Auditorium.

Co-sponsors of Wailoo’s lecture include the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; THCAS Department of History; Laupus Library's Medical History Interest Group; ECU’s Division of Academic Affairs; Division of Health Sciences; Division of Research, Economic Development, and Engagement; Division of Student Affairs; College of Fine Arts and Communication; and the Honors College.

Tickets for the Brewster History Lecture are $10. Tickets may be requested through the ECU Central Ticket Office by calling 1-800-ECU-ARTS (1-800-328-2787), or by visiting

Wailoo’s lecture is a Wellness Passport Event and 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 and its speakers, visit