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English dept hosts int’l media and gender conference

By Kelly Setzer

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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.”

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Contact: Dr. Amanda Klein, ECU Department of English,

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:


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:

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 or the Dress Profesh site at



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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

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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:

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Writers on the Side, A Reading by Moonlighting English Faculty on 4/18

Please join English faculty who moonlight as writers on the side: poets, storytellers, essayists. Creative writing is their avocation, but also their passion. Margaret Bauer, Randall Martoccia, Marame Gueye, Amanda Klein, and Guiseppe Getto will read from our recently published work in a variety of genres.

Join us Tuesday, April 18th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the Faulkner Gallery of Joyner Library for an evening of literary celebration!

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TODAY 4/6, The English Club talks jobs with an ECU alumna and you all are invited!

Flyer for English Club Meeting on 4/6 The English club is inviting both majors and non-majors to attend. A flyer you can bring to your classes is attached. Thank you for your time!

When: Bate English Lounge, Room 2136
Who: English Club members and non-members of all majors
What: Amy smith, an ECU English graduate student will discuss her marketing/website design/client communications job at Treselle Systems, a software company in Raleigh.

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