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EGSO Haiku Death Match II

The first EGSO sponsored Haiku Death Match of the year took place last February and was visited with enough success to warrant offering a second match on the 17th of this month. If all goes according to plan, this event will take place the day before the EGSO Student Research Conference this year. EGSO still needs volunteers to participate as either judges or contestants.

Haiku Death Match 1a Haiku Death Match 1c Haiku Death Match 1b

If you’re interested in putting your haiku-writing skills to the test, rating your colleagues’ abilities, or simply watching contestants struggle to speed-write haikus on audience-selected topics, you won’t want to miss it. (There will even be a trophy for the winner!​) If you’d like to be a contestant or a judge, contact Danielle Lake at We hope to see you there.

Coriolanus! Interdisciplinary Colloquium… 4-27-2015

An interdisciplinary Colloquium in honor of the legendary figure, theatre performance* and Shakespeare’s 451st Birthday
Joyner Library Faulkner Gallery, 3-6pm Wed, April 22


Free and Open to the Public

3:00-3:10pm:  Welcome by HCAS Dean William Downs
3:10-3:40:  Kevin N. Moll (School of Music):  “Approaching Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture”
3:40-4:00:  Frank Romer (History Dept and Classics), “Coriolanus the Roman”
4:00-4:15:  Questions and Discussion
4:15-4:30:  BREAK with coffee
4:30-4:50:  Thomas Herron (English Dept), “Famine and Rebellion:  Contemporary Political Contexts for Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (c. 1608)”
4:50-5:10:  Sean Morris (English Dept), “Tragedy and Satire in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus”
5:10-5:30:  Anna Froula (English Dept and Film), “Ralph Fiennes’ film Coriolanus”
5:30-6:00:  Questions and Discussion

Sponsors: ECU Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Classics, Film Studies and Great Books Programs; Sigma Tau Delta (English Dept); and the journal, Explorations in Renaissance Culture.  For more information:

* Shakespeare’s Coriolanus performed by ECU School of Theatre and Dance, McGinnis Theatre, April 23-28, 2015.  Director: John Shearin.  For more information:

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least forty-eight hours prior to the event at 252-328-6799 (voice) or 252-328-0899 (TTY).

Coriolanus colloquium flier

Faculty Speaker Series: Ron Hoag

Please join us on Monday, March 16 at noon for our own Ron Hoag’s contribution to the faculty speaker series. We’ll be meeting in Bate 2024 for Ron’s talk entitled “Natural Sabbath: Thoreau’s Mild Sublime.”

Description: Well known to William Cullen Bryant, William Wordsworth, and Henry Thoreau, Edmund Burke’s influential treatise on the Sublime and the Beautiful posits a natural sublime, whose effect on humanity is terror, and a natural beauty, whose effect is pleasure. For Burke, the sublime and the beautiful are mutually exclusive experiences. Bryant, Wordsworth, and Thoreau, however, while acknowledging the daunting power of the sublime, also imply a fundamental link between this power and the paradoxically corresponding power in certain experiences of the beautiful in nature. For these three writers, the wildness in nature is not just sublime but also spiritual, to be reverenced as such if not at the terrifying moment of physical impact then after the fact, upon reflection, when processed as what Wordsworth termed “emotion recollected in tranquility.” “Reflection alone,” says Thoreau in his college essay on “Sublimity,” “can restore to calmness and equanimity.”

October 22nd: From Impersonation to Incarnation: Acting Nelson Mandela in the Movies from 1987 to 2014

From Impersonation to Incarnation

The English Department is proud to host guest speaker Okaka Dokotum. He will be giving a presentation of From Impersonation to Incarnation: Acting Nelson Mandela in the Movies from 1987 to 2014, on October 22nd in 1031 Bate at 5:30pm. Please join us for this event.

Okaka Dokotum is the head of the literature department at Kyambogo University in Uganda. He studied at Northern Illinois University where he earned a Ph.D. in Black Studies.

His research interest centers on the interchange between literature and film within historical context. Dokotum’s major research field is the representation of Africa in contemporary western novels and films, and alternative representation of Africa by African writers and filmmakers as counterpoints. He has also published plays, poems and short stories, and produced poems extensively in live public performances, on radio and television.

His other passion is helping local communities break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. He is part of the Avera Village Transformation project, a charity that seeks to transform a village that is on the borderline of existence in every way into a modern village. Their mission includes spiritual, economic, educational, sports empowerment and infrastructural development.  












Faculty Speaker Series: Joseph Horst

Joseph Horst

Joseph Horst will be reading an excerpt from “Prometheus,” a short story he is currently working on for possible publication.

Please join us this week for the second Spring 2014 talk in our Faculty Speaker Series:

When: Thursday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. 

Where: Bate 2024 

Come for what promises to be a good conversation. Refreshments will be provided during the presentation.

Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities

Wednesday, November 13th, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Please join us for the next Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities event! Gender Around the Globe One of our new colleagues, Erin Frost is speaking at the November 13 Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities. Come out to support this event!  

Featuring Presentations By:

Purificacion Martinez
Purificacion Martinez
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
“Gendering the Monarchy: Kingship and Queenship in Castigos y Documentos del Rey don Sancho”

Erin Frost

Erin Frost

Assistant Professor, Department of English
“Exploding Monocultures of Gender: Perspectives on Health and Medical Rhetorics”

Mona Russell
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Associate Professor, Department of History
Egyptian Advertising and the Body Politic: 1922-1936”

This Event Will Be Held at the Greenville Museum of Art  Located on 802 South Evans Street Greenville, NC 27858 Phone: (252) 758-1946 Please RSVP by Friday, November 8 by going here:

Contemporary Writers Series Presents Sherman Alexie

Picture of Sherman Alexie
Native American writer Sherman Alexie will speak in Wright Auditorium on March 26, 2013, 8:00 PM in Wright Auditorium as part of the Contemporary Writers Series.

Sherman Alexie has received numerous awards for his work, including the National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the PEN/Hemingway Award for The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for War Dances.


3rd Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational

James Applewhite ReadingThe North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery are hosting the 3rd Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational Reception on February 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The works will remain on display until March 3.

For this event, artists submit various multimedia works based on the poems of Dr. Applewhite, a frequent contributor to NCLR and a winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature, as well as an inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.