Professor Hoppenthaler Travels to Morocco

John reads at the ConferenceLast April, ECU English and Creative Writing Professor John Hoppenthaler took a trip to Morocco, where he was a featured reader at the Annual Alhamra Center for Culture and Thought Prose Poetry Symposium in Marrakech. He also traveled to Tamri, a small Berber fishing village in the north, where he visited, read poems and answered questions for high school students in the school’s English club. He later met the superintendent of English classes in Morocco, Abdellatif Zoubair, and learned of the successful English Club program he began some years ago. Morocco is a place where knowledge of the English language truly is power and does open all sorts of opportunities for these students. He was able to identify several ways our faculty and students can help these students, and Hoppenthaler intends to roll these out in the coming months. John thinks valuable ties can be established that will be of great benefit to ECU students as well as the English learning students in Morocco.

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John with students at Azzatoine High School, Tamri

Dr. Marianne Montgomery’s Chapter Published

Dr. Marianne Montgomery recently authored the chapter “Language and Seafaring in Thomas Middleton and John Webster’s Anything for a Quiet Life” in Travel and Drama in Early Modern England: The Journeying Play, edited by Claire Jowitt and Davis McInnis. Cambridge University Press says the collection “redefines the field by expanding the canon of recognized plays concerned with travel. Re-assessing the parameters of the genre, the chapters offer fresh perspectives on how these plays communicated with their audiences and readers.” Montgomery’s chapter expands the canon of the early modern “travel play,” usually focused on plays set abroad, to include John Webster and Thomas Middleton’s Anything for a Quiet Life (1621), a city comedy that never leaves London but is highly invested in foreign exchanges of languages, goods, and people. Staging the sea captain Young Franklin’s travels through the commercial spaces of the city as an extension of his oceanic travels, the play offers a seafaring perspective on early modern London.

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Dr. Michelle Eble Edits Collection

Dr. Michelle F. Eble’s collection Key Theoretical Frameworks: Teaching Technical Communication for the 21st Century, (co-edited by Angela Haas) was published by Utah State University Press.

The work is “links the theoretical with the pedagogical in order to articulate, use, and assess social justice frameworks for designing and teaching courses in technical communication.”

Dr. Erin A. Frost contributed the chapter “Apparent Feminism and Risk Communication: Hazard, Outrage, Environment, and Embodiment,” and Matthew B. Cox added, “Shifting Grounds as the New Status Quo: Examining Queer Theoretical Approaches to Diversity and Taxonomy in the Technical Communication Classroom.”

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Dr. Nikki Caswell Inducted to Hall of Fame

Dr. Nikki Caswell was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at her alma mater, Kent State University. The award is “the highest honor bestowed upon a former student who graduated within the last ten years from a program within the college. The award recognizes an alumnus who has achieved extraordinary distinction in a career rooted in education, health, and human services.”

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Dr. Don Palumbo’s Book A Dune Companion Published

Don Palumbo's Latest Publication

A Dune Companion

Don Palumbo’s book A Dune Companion: Characters, Places, and Terms in Frank Herbert’s Original Six Novels was just published by McFarland Press, in their “Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy” series. This companion to Frank Herbert’s six original Dune novels—Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Duneand Chapterhouse: Dune—provides an encyclopedia of characters, locations, terms and other elements, and highlights the series’ underrated aesthetic integrity. An extensive introduction discusses the theme of ecology, chaos theory concepts and structures, and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth in Herbert’s narratives.

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Dr. Andrea Kitta Takes on Fake News

Andrea Kitta’s article “Alternative Health Websites and Fake News: Taking a Stab at Definition, Genre, and Belief” was just published in a special issue on Fake News in the Journal of American Folklore (JAF). In her essay, Dr. Kitta considers types of fake news, where fake news occurs, and what motivates people to create fake news. She also addresses fake news by looking at alternative health belief sites, including anti-vaccination sites, as precursors to other types of fake news and as a way to understand the intersection of fake news and belief.

JAF is the premier folklore journal in the world and this special issue is based on a series of presentations from last year’s major conference. This group of articles had a quick turn-around time since the topic is so timely.

Dr. Brent Henze Contributes Chapter to Journal

Brent Henze authored the chapter “What do Instructors Need to Know about Teaching Genre?” in the collection Teaching Professional and Technical Communication (Utah State University Press, 2018). This book introduces teachers of technical and professional communication to the most important theories and research-informed practices in the field and provides resources for using those theories and practices in their instruction. Brent’s chapter introduces teachers to contemporary genre theory in technical communication.

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Congratulations — Amber Flora Thomas

Congratulations to Amber Flora Thomas, whose poem “The Moon that Night,” along with an accompanying essay, were just published in Poetry Society of America’s In Their Wordsseries. The poem was previously published in her new book, Red Channel in the Rupture, and in a few anthologies, but the essay reflecting on the poem and its composition is new.

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Congratulations — Helena Feder and Erin Frost

Congratulations to Helena Feder and Erin Frost, both of whom received Harriot College of Arts and Sciences travel grants.

Helena will use her grant towards the costs of her travel this week to Philosophische Fakultät: Cultivating Sustainability in Cologne, Germany, where she will present a keynote lecture, “Education and the Environmental Turn.”

Erin will use her grant towards the costs of her travel later this month to the Watson Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, where she will present a paper, “The Impact of Medical Imaging on Bodily Matter(s).”

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