Big Turnout for Ethnic Studies Film Series!

On November 1st, the Ethnic Studies Film Series presented “Love, Theft and Other Entanglements” (2015) by Rami Alayan as their third screening this fall. The event was a huge success with a turnout of over 60 students and faculty! Viewers expressed great passion about the film and its representation of Middle Easterners during the post-screening Q&A.

Please look forward to the fourth screening on November 29th of “Ida” (2013) directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.

Below are a few photos from the event on November 1st. For more photos, please visit:

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Book Cover "How I Shed My Skin" by Grimsley

Prize-winning Author Jim Grimsley at the Greenville Museum of Art on 9/22

Here are a collection of photos from the Jim Grimsley reading, September 22 at the Greenville Museum of Art. He read from his 2015 critically acclaimed memoir, How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood.

Allbright Award Winners  Margaret at Grimsley Event Grimsley with Alex   NCLR Student Staff Alex at Grimsley Event Grimsley with NCLR

The NCLR student staff group photo: left to right, Seth Gulledge, intern; Cameron Green, editorial assistant; Jackie Norton, intern; Teresa Bryson, editorial assistant
Love Theft and Other Entanglements (2015) Poster

Ethnic Studies Film Series: Love, Theft and Other Entanglements (2015)

We are happy to announce the third screening of the Fall 2016 Ethnic Studies Film Series!
Film Title: Love, Theft and Other Entanglements (Directed by Muayad Alayan, Co-written by Muayad Alayan and Rami Alayan, 2015)
Time: 6pm, Tuesday, 11/1/2016
Place: Sci-Tech C209
Post-screening Q & A with co-writer and co-producer Rami Alayan
Guest introduction: Dr. Mona Russell
Synopsis: A Palestinian car thief gets into the trouble of his life when he steals the wrong car. What he thought was an Israeli car and an easy way to make money in his impoverished refugee camp turns out to be a load of misfortune when he discovers a kidnapped Israeli soldier in the trunk.
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ECU English Clown Experts in the Media!

Thanks to Andrea Kitta, Jim Kirkland, and Randall Martoccia for organizing and speaking at last night’s creepy clown forum. The event drew over 80 people, mostly students, who learned about clowns in popular culture and the origins of the 2016 clown panic. It was featured in The East Carolinian.

Andrea was also interviewed for a clown story on WNCT local news.

I hope that the department can in the future organize similar informal events related to stories in the news. If you have an idea for one, please let me know. Go English!


Woodward visits ECU

Bob Woodward visited ECU Wednesday evening as the premier speaker of this year’s Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, directed by English professor Jeffrey Johnson. Woodward spoke on his career reporting presidential politics, including offering insights into the current campaign season. At left, Dr. Johnson speaks with Mr. Woodward during the event.

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012)

Ethnic Studies Film Series: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012)

We are happy to announce the second screening of the Fall 2016 Ethnic Studies Film Series!

Film title: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (Dir. Shola Lynch, 2012)
Presented in Partnership with the LWCC Reel Talk Series
Guest Speaker: Dr. Mark Villacorta
Time: 6PM, 10/4 (Tuesday)
Place: Sci & Tech C209
Synopsis: A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.

Console-ing Passions 2017

Call for Papers! Undergrads Encouraged to Apply for Console-ing Passions @ ECU 2017



International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism

July 27-29 2017

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC


This is an exciting opportunity for ECU undergrads to get the experience of an academic conference without having to travel! CP@ECU is hoping to have a few undergrad panels this year (and undergrads will read through those submissions).

Console-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists looking to create a space to present work and foster scholarship on issues of television, culture, and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. The first Console-ing Passions conference was held at the University of Iowa in 1992. Since then, Console-ing Passions has expanded to become not only the most important conference for scholars studying gender in television but also among the top conferences for scholars of media generally.

The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee invites proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and pre-constituted forums that consider television, video, audio, or new media alongside gender, sexuality, race, and/or other intersected components of identity. We also welcome proposals for video, audio, or new media creative works related to gender and other modes of identity.

Submission Guidelines:


The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

The Submittable link will be available starting on October 1, 2016 (stay tuned).

Proposal Guidelines:


Proposers may submit:

  1. one paper or creative project, and one CP Forum.

Attendees may present:

  1. one paper or creative project, and may participate in one CP Forum.

Individual Papers: Individuals submitting a paper proposals should provide an abstract of 250 words, a short bio, and contact information. Co-authored papers are acceptable.

Panels: Panel coordinators should submit a 250-word rationale for the pre-constituted panel as a whole. Coordinators should submit a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and contact information for each panel participant. Panels should include 3-4 papers. Co-authored papers are acceptable. Panels that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged.

CP Forums: Building upon the success of discussion-based roundtables at Flow and other conferences, we invite proposals for a limited number of pre-constituted roundtables that focus either on scholarly topics in the field or matters of professional interest. We are especially interested in roundtables that are likely to engage wide participation by conference attendees and which reflect our field’s diversity of cultural identities, institutions, methodologies, and professional rank or employment status. Proposals should be submitted by a convener, who will propose a question (<100 words) and solicit brief (<250 words) responses from 5-7 respondents. Proposals should also include a brief bio and contact information for the convener and each participant. If the proposal is accepted, each participant will write a response to the question of no more than 600 words, which must be submitted to the conference organizers 2 weeks prior to the conference. Those papers will be circulated to all attendees and will form the basis of a public discussion during the CP Forum sessions. Roundtable participants’ remarks at the conference should be brief in order to encourage substantive discussion with attendees.

Creative Works: We invite proposals for video, audio, or new media screenings or exhibits. Each proposal should consist of a 350-word abstract (including the length and format of the work), a short bio of the producer/director, and contact information. If the work is viewable online, please submit a URL.

Please direct any questions about the conference and/or the submission process to the conference organizers:

Follow us on Twitter: @CPECU17

Visit the conference website for updates about events, schedules, travel information, and more:

A note on House Bill 2: Console-ing Passions 2017 will provide a safe, welcoming environment to all of its members. The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee does not support or enforce the recently passed HB2. Both the ECU Faculty Senate and the Greenville City Council passed resolutions opposing HB2.

Conference Organizers:

Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, Teaching Instructor, Department of English (Women’s Studies)

Anna Froula, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)

Su-ching Huang, Associate Professor, Department of English (Asian American Studies)

Amanda Ann Klein, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)

Marianne Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of English (Renaissance Studies)

Jennifer Valko, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages (Hispanic Studies)

Katy Kavanagh Webb, Assistant Professor, Joyner Library

Carolyn Willis, Associate Professor, Joyner Library

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