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PhD student presents at Princeton symposium

Congratulations to PhD student Ruby Kirk Nancy, who gave a presentation at Princeton University’s “The Womanist Mystique: A Symposium on Scholarship and Activism” on Saturday entitled _’Is She or Isn’t She?’ Matters After All: Queerness and Multiplicity as Invisibility in Toni Morrison’s Sula_

TESOL / Applied Linguistics Graduate Students Conference

Organized by the Linguistics and TESOL graduate students and faculty, TALGS aims to provide a serious but relaxed environment for graduate students and professionals working in TESL/TEFL/FL and a variety of applied linguistics fields to present their work, receive feedback, and network. The TALGS Conference provides graduate students as well as TESOL and other Foreign Language professionals (including ESOL, TESL, EFL, ESL, TEFL, Spanish, French, German, DLI, etc.) a forum to showcase their research and successful teaching practices.

The TALGS Conference will be held February 13, 2016 right here on ECU’s campus featuring guest speaker Luciana C. de Oliveira.

Luciana C. de Oliveira is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, Florida. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching English language learners (ELLs) at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas and teacher education, advocacy and social justice. Currently, Dr. de Oliveira’s research examines the linguistic challenges of the Common Core State Standards for ELLs and their implications for teachers of ELLs. She is the series editor of five volumes focused on the Common Core and ELLs (2014-2016) with TESOL Press.

“We’re very excited/lucky to have Dr. Luciana de Oliveira as our keynote speaker this year. Her plenary address and plenary workshop promise to be very interesting.”

– Dr. Mark D. Johnson

To find more information about this event visit:

’11 MA grad is playwright, director and actor

Salvadori HeritageIn a sense, we are all actors in the wider play of culture, and each of us is born into peculiar sets of narratives that we are trained to carry forward: our family histories, our national histories, our cultural histories.

Barbara Salvadori Heritage is a playwright, director and actor interested both in exploring these cultural narratives and in the power of theater to transform them.

She earned her master’s degree in English, with a focus on dramatic literature, here at East Carolina University, graduating in 2011. Read the rest of her story from the Columbia Tribune

Discussions in Digital Scholarship

Please join us for our next Discussions in Digital Scholarship
“Rebuilding Castles in the Rubble of the Humanities: Centering Spenser, an interdisciplinary website”

Featuring Thomas Herron, Department of English, East Carolina University

Thursday, February 11 at 3:30pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery at Joyner Library

with questions or more information please contact Heather White or (252) 328-2870

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GRBK Seminar-lecture by Visiting Professor Larissa Tracy Feb. 18th!

Please come hear a GRBK seminar-lecture by visiting professor Larissa Tracy, Associate Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English and Modern Languages, Longwood University, VA.

Justice, Kingship, Adultery and Treason in Malory:
Lancelot and Guinevere, Lovers or Traitors?

The event will be held Thursday, February 18 at 6pm in Joyner 2409

Dr. Tracy is author of Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature: Negotiations of National Identity (D.S. Brewer, 2012) and editor of Women of the Gilte Legende: A Selection of Middle English Saints’ Lives (D.S. Brewer, 2003; pbk 2012); Heads Will Roll: Decapitation in the Medieval and Early Modern Imagination (Brill, 2012) (co-edited with Jeff Massey); Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages (D.S. Brewer, 2013) (ed.), and Wounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture (Brill, 2015) (co-edited with Kelly DeVries). Another volume, Flaying in the Pre-Modern World, is forthcoming (Boydell and Brewer) (ed.). She is the General Editor for Eolas: Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies and the series editor for Brill’s Explorations in Medieval Culture. She is founding co-organizer of Meeting in the Middle, the annual undergraduate conference in medieval studies at Longwood University:

Sponsored by the Great Books and Medieval and Renaissance Studies Programs, Department of English and the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

First Faculty Speaker Seriers today at Noon!

Please join us for Marianne Montgomery’s talk “Language and Seafaring in Middleton and Webster’s Any Thing for a Quiet Life” on Wednesday, 1/27, at noon in Bate 2019.

Description: I’ll be talking about multilingualism and seafaring in Thomas Middleton and John Webster’s _Any Thing for a Quiet Life _(1621), a city comedy that never leaves London but is highly invested in foreign exchanges of languages, goods, and people. The play’s thematics of voyaging and shipping, I argue, are connected to its extensive representation of the French language. To describe the influence of voyaging in the play, I’ll discuss late Stuart maritime enterprise and culture, with particular attention to the transnationalism and multilingualism of seventeenth century shipboard life.

Hope to see you at for our first Faculty Speaker Series talk of the semester!

James Applewhite Poetry Invitational scheduled for next Friday


The North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery are co-hosting an opening reception for the Sixth Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

For this event, artists submit various multimedia works inspired by the poems of Dr. James Applewhite, a frequent contributor to the North Carolina Literary Review and a winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature, as well as an inductee into the North Carolina Hall of Fame. Dr. Applewhite will read his poems at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the event. For more information and directions to City Art Gallery, go to