School of Communication Welcomes Dr. E. Patrick Johnson on February 11 by Kaitlyn Longest

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson to perform at East Carolina University February 11. Co-sponsored by the School of Communication

On February 11, 2019, Dr. E. Patrick Johnson will be visiting East Carolina University. During his visit, he will be speaking as a guest lecturer in Brittany Thompson’s Intercultural Communication class from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m in Joyner East 202. He will also be giving a longer presentation in Hendrix Theatre called “Put a Little Honey in my Sweet Tea” at 7 p.m. on February 11. Anyone is welcome at either performance, sponsored by the School of Communication and the Department of History in celebration of Black History Month.


Dr. E. Patrick Johnson is the chair of African American studies and professor of performance studies and African American studies at Northwestern University. He has done extensive research in African American studies, Performance studies, and Gender and Sexuality studies that has had a large impact on each topic. He is also the author of four books Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity, Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women, Black. Queer. Southern. Women, and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. Johnson decided to take interviews from his books and turn them into a performance.


‘Put a Little Honey in my Sweet Tea” is an award-winning solo performance about the stories of two of Dr. E. Patrick Johnson’s books. The stories are about southern, black, LGBT people between the ages of 18 to 93 and what it is like growing up and continuing to live in the south. Johnson has performed his one man show “Put a Little Honey in my Sweet Tea” at over 100 college campuses since 2006. The performance won the Black Theater Alliance Bert Williams Award for Best Solo Performance in 2010.


If you have any questions about the Intercultural Communication class please contact Brittany Thompson with the School of Communication at:

Phone: (252) 737-4707


For more information about the evening performance, contact Mark Rasdorf, Interim Senior Associate Director of ECU LGBTQ Center.


Phone: (252) 737-4451