Pirate Nation Gives!!

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is joining ECU in celebrating its second annual Pirate Nation Gives on Wednesday, March 21.  This single extraordinary day of giving encourages alumni, friends, faculty, staff, parents and students to make a donation to one of ECU’s 12 colleges and schools or the university program of their choice. Help Harriot College take the lead in this year’s Pirate Nation Gives campaign!

Last year’s event raised $273,663 for the university, a truly successful showcase of the generosity of Pirate Nation. This year’s midnight-to-midnight campaign aims to build on that engagement and support. In honor of ECU’s 111th year, a goal of 111 gifts of $111, 111 new donors, and 500 #PirateNationGives hashtags on social media has been set.

Please consider contributing to a scholarship or program within the College of Arts and Sciences that you value most by donating online at www.ecu.edu/piratenationgives or by phone at 252-ECU-GIVE (252-328-4483) on March 21. If you choose to give online and do not see your fund of choice initially, select “View All Giving Opportunities” for more options (select “Other” then write in the fund name in the Gift Instructions box if you still do not see the fund you wish to support).

To engage socially, please use the following links and hashtag to spread the word about this one-day philanthropic effort.

Website: www.ecu.edu/piratenationgives

Facebook: @EastCarolina http://www.facebook.com/EastCarolina/

Twitter: @EastCarolina, @ECUAdvancement

Instagram: @eastcarolinauniv, @ecuadvancement

Hashtags: #PirateNationGives

Thank you for supporting Harriot College and ECU on Pirate Nation Gives. Please let me know if you have any questions.

UWC: International Writing Centers Week Celebration

International Writing Centers Week Celebration

The University Writing Center will be celebrating International Writing Centers Week by hosting many exciting and educational events throughout the week of (2/12)-(2/15).  The events are open to everyone and will explore an array of topics such as why we write and what impact our writing can have on society.  Each day will hold a different event focused around a different idea, and there will even be a party!  We hope everyone will join us in celebration, as we delve further into the big questions of writing and provide a chance for our voices to be heard in impacting ways!

See below for each day and the event being held:


Feb 12Th: Why I write Campaign!  Come add to the wall and tell us why it is you write. What is it that inspires you?


Feb 13th 2-4 pm: Commitment to Social Justice Celebration!!!!  Come Join us in celebration of the overall commitment to social justice and of our new social justice statement!  The first 25 students to the party gets a UWC coffee mug!


Feb 14th 12-3 pm: Frederick Douglass Transcribe-a-thon! (sponsored by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Transcription Center, and the Colored Conventions Project) In our digital studio space, we will be joining other schools in helping transcribe documents, feel free to drop by anytime, even if it’s only for a few moments.  Directions will be streamed.


Feb 15th: Postcards for Change! Spend a moment to thank an organization that you believe inspires inclusion or care in our society, through a digital postcard!


Once again, all events are open to everyone and the UWC hopes to see you there!!

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English dept hosts int’l media and gender conference

By Kelly Setzer

Re-posted from http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/ecunow/blog/2017/07/20/ecu-to-host-international-media-and-gender-conference/

East Carolina University will host the 2017 Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism July 27-29. Registration will be held in the Bate Building at 8 a.m. each day.

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. Console-ing Passions is comprised of a board of scholars whose interests converge around the study of media. The first CP conference was held at the University of Iowa in 1992.

The conference promotes the discussion and awareness of issues of gender identity and expressions, among other topics. More than 200 people — undergraduate students, graduate students, professors, independent scholars and artists — will be presenting scholarly and creative work at the conference.

In support of its mission to rally the community towards a more productive dialogue about gender identity and representation, civil rights and public policy, the conference will feature two lunchtime roundtables devoted to discussing LGBT-related legislation in North Carolina. The conference will also host a fundraiser for ECU’s LGBT Resource Office on Friday, July 28 at Crave Restaurant, with music by Greenville’s Nuclear Twins. Funds raised will support student scholarships.

The conference’s opening session will take place at 6 p.m. July 27 in the Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library.

Console-ing Passions is celebrating 25 years of international feminist media studies scholarship, and the CP@ECU plenary will be a celebration of the conference’s origins and founders. Two of the conference’s original founders — Mary Beth Haralovich of the University of Arizona and Lauren Rabinovitz or the University of Iowa — will reflect on Console-ing Passions’ origins, history and future. Board member Brenda Weber of Indiana University will also speak about how the organization has grown and changed over time and about the future of feminist media studies.

The conference keynote will begin at 6 p.m. in Fletcher Hall on July 29. Keynote speaker Michelle Lanier is the director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and senior program director of Traditions & Heritage at the N.C. Arts Council. After a welcome by ECU Provost Ron Michelson, Lanier will deliver her talk, “Pine Straw, Tobacco Fund & the Secret/Sacred ‘Beading Bees’: Making Place and Meaning on these Afro-Carolina Landscapes.”

For more information, please visit http://www.console-ingpassions.org.

Contact: Dr. Amanda Klein, ECU Department of English, kleina@ecu.edu

Dr. Manthey’s Full Talk from Tag Lecture

The Department of English will hosted Dr. Katie Manthey as our Tag Lecturer at 6 p.m. Jan 25, 2017, in the Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library. Below is a video of her lecture! If you have trouble viewing, please refer to this link. Also, a transcript of the lecture is available at this link: http://winmedia.ecu.edu/engl/manthey_ecu_talk_1.25.pdf.


Her talk on Jan. 25 was titled Embodied Identities: Ethical Reading, Fat Fashion, and How Not to Be a Troll.” Using fat fashion as an entry point, the speaker will share her own stories about how she learned to un-become a troll through embodied rhetorical analysis. The talk will end with suggestions for how to recognize oppressive notions of “acceptable” bodies and ultimately make space for multiple embodied orientations. Please refer to Katie’s website for more information about the talk: http://www.katiemanthey.com/public-appearances.html.

Dr. Manthey’s work has been featured in popular venues like Jezebel, Conditionally Accepted, and The Body is Not An Apology. She is an activist for acceptance of diverse body types and her “Dress Profesh” project critiques the everyday practice of getting dressed for work. She points out the inherent injustices in dress codes and other pressures related to fashion and bodily choices.

Thank you to Dr. Katie Manthey for graciously allowing us to share her work and to Dr. Donna Kain for producing the video. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2018 Tag Lecture, coming soon!

For more information on Dr. Manthey’s work, visit her website at http://www.katiemanthey.com/ or the Dress Profesh site at http://www.dressprofesh.com/



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Dr. Anthony Cuda will have a Great Books lecture today, 4/21: Dangerous Moments: Sylvia Plath Reads T. S. Eliot

“Dangerous Moments: Sylvia Plath Reads T. S. Eliot.”
a Great Books lecture by
Dr. Anthony Cuda
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5pm
Dr. Anthony Cuda is Associate Head of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the author of The Passions of Modernism: Eliot, Yeats, Woolf, and Mann (University of South Carolina, 2010) and co-editor of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot, The Critical Edition Vol. II: The Perfect Critic: 1919-1926 (Johns Hopkins, 2014). He will speak Wednesday, April 12 at 5pm. His talk is titled, “Dangerous Moments: Sylvia Plath Reads T. S. Eliot.” He will be presenting material from his current book project, which includes some exciting archival research. FAULKNER GALLERY, Joyner Library.
This Great Books talk is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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).

Amber Thomas’s National Poetry month Reading!

Gabrielle Freeman and Amber Thomas

Gabrielle Freeman and Amber Flora Thomas

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Amber Thomas gathered together a wonderful group of poets, new and experienced, to read in Joyner Library on April 5. Featured readers included her Intro to Poetry Writing students, Gabrielle Brant Freeman, and Word of Mouth—as well as Thomas herself!


Please visit our Facebook page to see a gallery of images from the event!

Photo Credit (photos on the blog): Gabrielle Carrero




Amber Thomas at podiumWord of mouth poetGabrielle Freeman at podium

Picture from Pirates Abroad Open House 2017

The Department of English participate in the Pirates Abroad Open House

The Department of English participated in the Pirates Aboard Open House for Admitted Students held on Saturday, April 1. Our English majors Shainah Andrews, Ina Cariño, Kalifornia Dolan, and Garrett Yarbrough helped engage interested students and shared their academic experiences and career plans. Several faculty members came to discuss everything from service learning to internships & careers to study abroad. 

Are you fascinated by the power of language and inspired by creative expression? Contact the department to learn about courses in English and hear how studying English sets you up for career success. As an English major or minor, you’ll learn to analyze texts and images and create literary texts and professional documents for different people and purposes. You’ll develop digital design and editing skills, and apply an understanding of how language develops and works to help people to communicate better.

For more photos, please visit our Facebook page and flip through this events album: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ECUEnglish/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1450893421617207

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