Department of English News

English prof, student contribute to “Sent out to Serve” exhibit

“Sent out to Serve: North Carolina Women Missionaries, 1870-1963,” an exhibit from Joyner Library’s missionary papers, opens tomorrow.

LaureenEnglish department associate professor Laureen Tedesco and a student intern, junior English education major Melanie Koerber, are selecting the exhibit items and writing the display text. Associate professor of history Karen Zipf is contributing her primary research about an African American missionary to North Carolina, Rachel Tucker, a former slave.

The exhibit will include a display of translated Bibles, among them the Gapapaiwa New Testament whose translation the McGuckins. The exhibit will remain open through December in the Special Collections Reading Room on the fourth floor of the library.

Grad publishes short story

2005 creative writing graduate Joseph Horst has published his short story, “Prometheus,” in the anthology Escape Your World by Scribes Valley Publishing. “Prometheus” won 2nd place in the publishing company’s 2014 Short Story Writing Contest.

The short story explores how two men can be so similar yet fight on opposite sides of a goal. What determines the fine line between passion and obsession and what happens if that line is blurred?

Learn more about the collection at Scribes Valley’s page.

Disability Film Series Screening

Playing Thursday February 26th, 2015 @ 5:30 pm in Bate 1032

Open to all ECU students and Faculty

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

On 8 December 1995, Bauby, the editor-in-chief of French Elle magazine, suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He awoke 20 days later, mentally aware of his surroundings, but physically paralyzed with what’s known as locked-in syndrome, with the only exception of some movement in his head and eyes. His right eye had to be sewn up due to an irrigation problem. The entire book was written by Bauby blinking his left eyelid, which took ten months (four hours a day). Using partner-assisted scanning, a transcriber repeatedly recited a French language frequency-ordered alphabet (E, S, A, R, I, N, T, U, L, etc.), until Bauby blinked to choose the next letter. The feature film is based on Bauby’s memoir and was nominated for four Academy Awards.

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TALGS conference tomorrow

The TESOL and Applied Linguistics Graduate Student (TALGS) Conference will take place tomorrow, Feb. 21, in the Rivers Building. Registration begins at 8 am; and the conference will run from 9 am-5 pm. Dr. William Grabe and Dr. Fredricka Stoller will be the keynote speakers.

Disability Film Series Screening

Playing Thursday February 19th, 2015 @ 5:30pm in Bate 1032

Open to all ECU students and Faculty

Freaks (1932)

What set this film apart from director Tod Browning’s earlier efforts was the fact that genuine circus and carnival sideshow performers were cast as the freaks: Harry Earls and his equally diminutive sister Daisy, Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, legless Johnny Eck, armless-legless Randian (who rolls cigarettes with his teeth), androgynous Josephine-Joseph, “pinheads” Schlitzie, Elvira, Jennie Lee Snow, and so on. Upon its initial release, Freaks was greeted with such revulsion from movie-house audiences that MGM spent the next 30 years distancing themselves as far from the project as possible. For many years available only in a truncated reissue version titled Nature’s Mistakes, Freaks was eventually restored to its original release print.

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“You don’t hate the South?” Faculty Speaker Series presentation

HoppenthalerJohn Hoppenthaler will present “You don’t hate the South? they ask.  You don’t hate it?’:  Natasha Trethewey’s South” at noon Monday, Feb. 23, in Bate 2024 as part of the 2015 Faculty Speaker Series.

John describes his talk as follows: “Natasha Trethewey’s relationship to the South, the place of her birth and where she now chooses to work and live, seems clear; as she writes in a 2005 Virginia Quarterly Review essay, “it is a love/hate relationship.” One of her poetry’s primary occupations is with historical erasure as it relates to the obfuscation of the stories of African-Americans. Complicit in such erasure, the Southern poetic tradition is the battleground wherein Trethewey chooses to make her case.”

The Faculty Speaker Series Committee invites anyone interested to attend for the talk, snacks, and scintillating discussion.

Hoppenthaler publishes third volume of poetry

HoppenthalerJohn Hoppenthaler, an associate professor in the English Department, has just published his third volume of poems, Domestic Garden, with Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Hoppenthaler will give a number of readings in the weeks to come, including at Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Xavier University of New Orleans, the University of Minnesota, and Towson University. He and department graduate Al Maggines also will read in at Scuppernong Books (which is co-owned by department graduate Brian Lampkin) in Greensboro at 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Finally, Hoppenthaler will  do a joint reading with English department Professor Liza Wieland at 8 p.m. April 1 on the second floor of Joyner Library.

Read ECU’s full press release on Hoppenthaler’s new publication, or visit the press’s page to purchase the volume.

ECU hosts fourth annual SCCI

SCCI logo copyThe Symposium on Communicating Complex Information will be Feb. 23-24 at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville NC on the East Carolina University medical campus. Organized by technical and professional communication professor Michael Albers, this will be the symposium’s fourth year.

This year’s keynote address will be given by Lisa Meloncon of the University of Cincinnati. Meloncon’s presentation is entitled “Better than a sharp stick in the eye: Lessons about communicating complex information from a cross-disciplinary research project,” and it explores a multi-year, cross-disciplinary research project involving lessons learned about the growing importance of research study design, data visualization, and the public-ness of research for technical communicators.

Other sessions will focus on content production and distribution, pedagogy for complex information, designing for government agencies, designing and testing for varying audiences, connecting to the community, scientific information design, information visualization, meeting individual needs, and complex information in large systems. Graduate student Kristi Wiley, assistant professor Guiseppe Getto, professor Kirk St. Amant, and professor Michael Albers all will represent the ECU Department of English on the program.
SCCI explores the relationships between and within the contexts that affect complex information, information design, information architecture, user experience, and usability.  It seeks to examine how design and content choices influence people’s behavior when interacting with complex information, and how the knowledge of situational context improves the design of complex information systems. SCCI fosters an integrated approach to the design of complex information by bringing together members from a range of research and practitioner communities.

Visit SCCI’s website for full details and program.