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

CALL FOR PAPERS — DEADLINE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016, 11:59 PM (US EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME)

CONSOLE-ING PASSIONS


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:

cpgreenville2017@gmail.com

Follow us on Twitter: @CPECU17

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

http://www.console-ingpassions.org/

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

Pulitzer Price Winner Ayad Akhtar

Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar at ECU October 13

The Contemporary Writers Series of East Carolina University presents Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar October 13 on the university campus.

Scenes from his Pulitzer drama Disgraced (2012) will be performed by ECU Theatre students at McGinnis Theatre followed by an onstage interview and audience Q&A.

During the day, Akhtar will visit classes, meet with student groups, give a radio interview, and talk of work in progress. His play Disgraced dramatizes the tension in American multicultural society that has grown at an alarming rate in post 9-11 America and offers the pathos necessary for change. 

His visit is sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the Dept. of English, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and the NC Humanities Council statewide program “NC Pulitzer: The Power of Words” see: http://www.nchumanities.org/content/pulitzernc

 Thursday, October 13 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

 McGinnis Theatre, main stage 
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Book Cover "How I Shed My Skin" by Grimsley

Prize-winning Author Jim Grimsley Returns to Greenville for Two Events

Award-winning novelist and playwright Jim Grimsley will lead an open discussion with ECU students about race, racism, integration, discrimination, HB-2 and other LGBT issues at an open forum next Thursday, September 22. The event, open to all students as well as the general public, will be in the Mendenhall Great Rooms, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m..
 
Grimsley has been Senior Writer in Residence at Emory University in Atlanta since 1999. 
 
His 2015 critically acclaimed memoir, How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood, chronicles his experiences growing up in Jones County during the first days of public schools integration in North Carolina. He will read from that memoir Thursday evening, September 22, at 8 p.m. At the Greenville Museum of Art, 802 Evans St., Greenville. That event also is free and open to students and the public.
More about Grimsley, his memoir, and the integration of NC schools:
 
An essay review of Grimsley’s memoir, from NCLR online:
Console-ing Passions 2017

Call for Papers! International Gender Studies Conference Hosted by ECU in 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS — DEADLINE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016, 11:59 PM (US EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME)

CONSOLE-ING PASSIONS


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

July 27-29 2017

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

 

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.

 

Console-ing Passions is also accepting undergraduate proposals. Please encourage interested undergraduates to apply.


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 orcreative 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:

cpgreenville2017@gmail.com

 

Follow us on Twitter: @CPECU17

 

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

http://www.console-ingpassions.org/

 

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

photo of students and professors on bus

London study abroad program has another successful year

London, July 2016
By Dr. Rick Taylor
Each year’s summer study abroad program in London is unique. This year, Dr. Andrea Kitta brought her expertise in folklore and the supernatural: our students heard her present an academic paper on “Slender Man” for folklorists in London, they toured the ghosts of central London, and they were slaughtered by Jack the Ripper (or at least virtually so).

Dr. Cox, our tea connoisseur, taught our students about design elements in writing, and they prepared travel guides that focused on one activity a visitor might enjoy. We traveled to Stratford to meet up with our former student Karen Harker, who is completing her doctoral work on Shakespeare in performance.

Our group arrived in the immediate aftermath of the “Brexit” vote, and that proved a great opening for communication with the locals about the fate of their country and attitudes towards immigration. In my course, students read and respond to works written by those who migrated to London from various parts of the world.

Some elements remain year after year. Dr. Will Banks’s British Children’s Lit students picnic by the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens and read/perform new British picture books for the group. We have a cream tea at the Maids of Honour after our adventures in Kew Gardens (clotted cream required) and our boat ride up the Thames. It rained in Oxford this year, so sadly we couldn’t go punting, although there’s plenty to explore in town, and a new Bodleian exhibit to investigate.
Our students put together multi-genre daybooks, which reflect their coursework and all of their London activities. It’s a lot of writing and reading in a compressed period of time (when students are already challenged by the intense pace we keep).
We’re proud that we have kept the cost of the program as low as possible, and we have been fortunate to “make” each year, although our participant numbers have varied from the high teens to the low thirties (19 this year). Even with our efforts to keep down costs and our ability to “do a lot for a little” in the city, the program is still a significant financial sacrifice for our students. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Dean Downs in developing scholarship support for our study abroad students. Those efforts are already paying off for our students, who have the opportunity for a life-changing experience abroad.
Oh, and we had a successful thesis defense in Marcus Garvey Park in West Kensington!

Carolina TESOL Conference planned for fall in Asheville

Planning for the Fall 2016 Carolina TESOL Conference is underway!
This year’s conference will be held in November in the beautiful city of Asheville, North Carolina. This is a great time to learn about new laws and guidelines concerning ESOL in your state, gain new ideas from colleagues, and network with fellow educators from our area.
As the 2016 Conference approaches, cost, schedule, and registration forms
will be available through our website: www.carolinatesol.org. This information
will also be included in the first newsletter for the 2016-2017 school year.
Do you have a neat activity that helps your students with language proficien-
cy? Are you willing to share your ideas with ESOL teachers from the Caroli-
nas? If you are interested in presenting at the 2016 conference, be sure to contact your regional representative.

Cook and Martin honored by Phi Beta Kappa

Ava Cook and Kristen Martin, both English undergraduate students, were honored last week by the East Carolina University Division of Academic Affairs and the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa.

“Among the most satisfying things that I get to do as Dean is to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students,” said Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, who provided welcoming remarks at the ceremony. “Today we are celebrating our most accomplished students in the liberal arts as they near the completion of their undergraduate studies.”

Students were honored from biology, chemistry, engineering, political science, mathematics, history, education, psychology, Hispanic studies, economics, fine arts, multi-disciplinary studies, classical civilization, German, and sociology. All of the students who were honored at this year’s recognition ceremony have a grade point average of 3.93 or higher.

“This is an amazing group of young people from most of the departments in the college, who have an interesting and imaginative variety of post-graduation plans, which highlights the strengths of a good liberal arts education,” said Dr. Angela Thompson, president of the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa and ECU assistant professor of history.

To read the full story, go to http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/press.cfm.

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