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Huang Lectures at Guangdong University in China

Dr. Su-ching Huang, gave two lectures and one roundtable workshop at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China, during the holiday break.

Guangdong University published a news story about Su-ching’s visit. The article is written in Mandarin, but through translation, the article states, “[Lectures such as these] are of great benefit to promoting the academic development of our college.”

Dr. Huang’s two lectures were “Chinese Bodies in Motion: Kung Fu Panda and Transnational Martial Arts Film” (Dec. 18) and “Chinese Cuisine, American Dream: Model Minority Discourse in Cao Youfang’s novel American Moon” (Dec. 19). The roundtable workshop was titled “Culinary Identities in US literature and Film” (Dec. 18).

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Miles Receives Award for GAME P.L.A.Y.

Gera Miles, a Teaching Instructor with ECU’s English department, and his co-creator, Dion Dail, received the WNCT-TV Southern Stars Award for their GAME P.L.A.Y. initiative.

P.L.A.Y. (Police, Life, and Youth) brings together local youth and law-enforcement officers. In 2018, GAME P.L.A.Y. received the best-irons humanitarian award from the Human Relations Council in Greenville.

“Everybody loves to play video games or just games in general,” said Miles. “By doing so, they are going to increase respectful interaction and also build trust with one another and that’s one of the key things about the event is to build trust between the police and teens because they need each other.”

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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.

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