Dr. Andrea Kitta just returned from McGill University in Montreal where she gave a lecture at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine. Her lecture was part of a special exhibit on vaccination hesitancy.
To learn more about Dr. Kitta, check out her Faculty Spotlight on the ECU English blog!
English faculty member John Hoppenthaler meets with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rita Dove (far left) and other writers at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
John Hoppenthaler will participate in an official off-site Reading at this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, DC. The lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout. For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.pw.org/literary_events/connotation_press_celebration_and_reading
John Hoppenthaler’s poem “Immigrant Song” is reprinted in Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry. https://voxpopulisphere.com/2017/01/27/immigrant-song/
John Hoppenthaler’s review of books by Noel Crook and Kelly Michels, “What the Owl Knows,” has been published in the new issue of the North Carolina Literary Review.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Joyce Middleton, whose book Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education (co-edited with Tammy M. Kennedy and Krista Ratcliffe) was published in December 2016 by Southern Illinois University Press. The essays in this book reveal how identifications with racialized whiteness continue to manifest themselves in American culture.
Congratulations to Mark Johnson, who has recently been elected to the Nominating Committee of the International TESOL Association. The Nominating Committee works closely with TESOL’s Board of Directors and Executive Director to identify candidates for leadership positions within the Association in order ensure balanced representation of TESOL members. His service on the Nominating Committee begins in January 2017.
Congratulations to Andrea Kitta, who recently published an article “The significance of folklore for vaccine policy: discarding the deficit model,” in the journal Critical Public Health. Co-written with medical humanities scholar Daniel Goldberg, the paper addresses the relevance of medical folklore for vaccine policy intended to increase vaccination uptake. The authors make two primary claims: First, that dominant approaches to increasing US vaccination uptake have largely been based on deficient understandings of the root causes of anti-vaccination behavior; and second, that superior approaches to evidence-based policy must enlarge the scope of that evidence base to include crucial findings on belief formation, technical and risk communication, and the folklore of vaccination. They show that the failure to attend to this evidence results in interventions that are disconnected from the factors actually driving vaccination refusal.
The article can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09581596.2016.1235259?journalCode=ccph20