Dr. Katie Manthey posing with the Pirate statue on the quad

Tag lecture to feature Dr. Katie Manthey at 6 p.m. Jan. 25

The Department of English will host Dr. Katie Manthey as our Tag Lecturer at 6 p.m. Jan 25, 2017, in the Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library. Please mark your calendars and plan to come out to her talk!

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.

Her talk on Jan. 25 is 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.

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/

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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ethnic-Studies-ECU/215712245153486

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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.

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The NCLR student staff group photo: left to right, Seth Gulledge, intern; Cameron Green, editorial assistant; Jackie Norton, intern; Teresa Bryson, editorial assistant
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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.

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