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Erin Frost Gives Keynote at the 2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop

Dr. Erin A. Frost was a Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop last week. Her workshop, “Feminist Credibility: Negotiating Subjectivity in Public Spaces,” examined the ways women’s experiences are often treated as less credible than other perspectives in supposedly “objective” and “neutral” spaces, from research to politics. Dr. Frost also created a website that contains a variety of resources on feminist credibility, along with a collaborative Google doc that participants were asked to contribute to.

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Dr. Erin Frost giving keynote workshop.


A link to this website resource can be found here:

A link to a recorded version of FSDW’s keynote workshop with Dr. Erin Frost can be found here:


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The Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (FSDW) is a biennial, online, interdisciplinary workshop for individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. The workshop is sponsored by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) and James Madison University’s School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

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Jaki Shelton Green announced next year’s Tag lecturer

The English department is pleased to announce Jaki Shelton Green as next year’s Tag lecturer. Ms. Green is an African American poet from Mebane, NC. She is a recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature (the North Carolina Awards, given by the governor, are the highest civilian honors given in the state), and in 2014 she was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. On their website, she is described as the “Billie Holiday of North Carolina poetry because, at any podium, she is a combination of ‘panache’ and ‘humility.’” Green is not only an award-winning poet; she has also earned a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development. She has worked in diverse professional positions including Director of Development for Child Care Services Association and Community Economic Development Consul for North State Legal Services.

Ms. Green will give a public lecture/reading and meet with classes and with students. More details, including the dates of her visit, will be forthcoming.

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ENED/ENGL major Glenesha Berryman is featured on ECU Pirate Profile!

ENED/ENGL major and Great Books minor Glenesha Berryman was recently featured in an ECU Pirate Profile. She mentions Professor Helena Feder:

“Professor who influenced you the most: Dr. Feder because she introduced me to literary theory, which has given me a solid foundation for critically thinking about the education work I want to do in the future.”

Glenesha also works in the University Writing Center.

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Lida Cope visits Charles University in Prague for a seminar

Dr. Lida Cope was recently invited to teach a new seminar focused on the language and culture of Texas Czechs at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. The seminar took place during the last week of May 2017. Most students in the class were future teachers of Czech as a foreign language.  Transcription of recordings from the late 1980s and 1990s and of immigration letters from the 1880s, assigned to the attending students, will be integrated into the digital archive of the Texas Czech Legacy Project (led by Cope since 2012). During her stay in Prague, Lida Cope gave an interview about her work in Texas Czech communities to the Czech Radio’s Magazín Leonardo (news Magazine Leonardo)

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Congratulations to Alex Albright!

Congratulations to Alex Albright, whose article “Mose McQuitty’s Band and Minstrel Days, 1899-1937” has been selected for the Stuart Thayer Prize from the Circus Historical Society for the best article published on circus history in 2016. Alex will receive the prize and present a portion of the article at the annual meeting of the Circus Historical Society in July in Washington, DC.  Alex’s article was published in Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society, 60.3 [2016]: 6-47. Go English!

Lida Cope organizes roundtable at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center

As part of community outreach in Czech Moravian communities in Texas, Lida Cope of ECU’s Department of English organized a roundtable Legacy of Svatava Jakobson (with Roger Kolar, Thadious Polasek, and Woody Smith of Austin and Moravia, Texas) in the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange, TX, on May 19, 2017. The roundtable was followed by the opening of an exhibit of recovered photographs prepared by Svatava Jakobson for the 1984 Ethnic Folk Festival in San Antonio, Texas  (organized and prepared by Janis Hrncir of the TCHCC and Lida Cope). Lida Cope is the only scholar currently working to make available recordings and artifacts collected by folklorist Svatava Jakobson of Columbia, Harvard and UT Austin between the late 1940s and 1980s. Following the roundtable and exhibit opening, Cope presented and led a discussion on the Texas Czech Legacy Project, an open-access digital archive that documents the dying Texas Czech dialect through its speakers’ voices to help maintain the community’s linguistic and ethnocultural heritage. These events, part of the annual Májové Slavnosti (May Celebrations) at the TCHCC in La Grange, marked the 20th anniversary of the Center’s founding. Incidentally, this was also the 20th anniversary for Cope who began her fieldwork in Czech Moravian communities in Texas in May 1997.

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Recent ECU Grad Ina Cariño has been published!

Recent ECU grad Ina Carino has just published this fine poem, written for John Hoppenthaler’s Advanced Poetry Workshop in the spring, in One!

Josephine Cariño completed her degree at East Carolina University in English with a minor in music. Her poem “Postlude” was a finalist for december magazine’s 2015 Jeff Marks Poetry Prize. Josephine will be attending North Carolina State University for her MFA in Creative Writing.

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Join ECU Alumni Lindsay Saunders and her fundraising campaign Speak Up

Check out and take advantage of this opportunity to help ECU alumna Lindsay Saunders!!

Saunders is a grassroots advocate with “RESULTS-a movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together, we use our voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.”

Saunders is “participating in Speak Up, a fundraising campaign to support RESULTS and the work that [she does] as an advocate with RESULTS Raleigh, a local chapter which [she] started nearly 2 years ago. Saunders’ goal is to raise $250 by May 26.”

Saunders says, “Giving to my Speak Up Campaign supports my work, and the work of volunteer advocates across the country, to influence political decisions through meeting with members of Congress, writing op-eds, and mobilizing our communities. Will you please contribute and support my advocacy work with RESULTS and advocates like me across the country?

CONTRIBUTE HERE:…/lindsaysspeakupf…/index.html

Read more about Linday and her advocacy work here: ECU alum Lindsay Saunders recently published in the News & Observer

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Congratulations to English’s teaching award winners!

In addition to news of Rick Taylor being recognized with the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and Nicole Sidhu receiving her Scholar-Teacher Award, several other colleagues were celebrated and recognized at the University Teaching Awards ceremony.

Also recognized were Erin Frost (finalist for Alumni Association/Jones Teaching Award), Andrea Kitta (nominee for Alumni Association/Jones Teaching Award), and David Wilson-Okamura (nominee for Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching).

It is also worth mentioning that applying for teaching awards is an especially involved process, and the department is grateful to the winners and the nominees for representing English so well in their application materials.

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