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3rd Annual Digital Humanities / DISSH Symposium on 3/16

The DISSH planning committee is pleased to announce:

The 3rd annual DISSH Symposium, 8:00-5:15 on Thursday, 16 March 2017, in the J.Y. Joyner Library’s Faulkner Gallery (2nd floor)

Digital Innovation and Scholarship in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Sponsored by:
Division of Academic Affairs
J. Y. Joyner Library
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Departments of English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and History
Distinguished Whichard Chair of Humanities
Office for Faculty Excellence
Phi Kappa Phi
DISSH SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE 8:00-5:15, Thursday, March 16, 2017
8:00-8:30         REGISTRATION / COFFEE
8:30-8:35         Introduction by Jan Lewis, Director of the J.Y. Joyner Library
8:35-9:45         SESSION I – Student and Instructional Panel
9:45-10:00       break/coffee
10:00-11:00     SESSION II – Project Management for Digital Scholarship: Joyner, OFE, ITCS
11:00-11:30     SESSION III – Digital Poster-Laptop Session (on display until 5:00)
11:30-1:00       LUNCH (optional sign-ups in groups org. by themes/interests)
1:15-2:15         SESSION IV – Invited Speakers (McClurken, Sauer)
2:15-2:30         break/coffee
2:30-4:00         SESSION V – Invited Speakers (Afinoguénova, Santo, Whisnant)
4:00-4:15         break/coffee
4:15-5:15         KEYNOTE – Invited Keynote Speaker (Germano)
KEYNOTE LECTURE, 4:15-5:15 pm, Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library, ECU
“Illuminating the Dark Archives: Scalable Services for Complexity, Collaboration, and Community in the Digital Academy”
            David Germano, University of Virginia
David Germano is professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia. Germano is director of SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives), the Contemplative Sciences Center, and the Tibet Center at the University of Virginia. He has worked for many years in Tibet on programs of scholarly engagement, community service, participatory knowledge, digital technology initiatives, oral traditions, cultural geography, literary corpora, and entrepreneurship. He also has led initiatives at UVA aimed at mainstreaming new digital technologies in teaching and research, including the design of software systems suited for academic sensibilities and needs. He is currently additionally working on the exploration of contemplative ideas, values, and practices involving scientific methodologies and new applications in diverse fields in the professional schools, and in higher education overall.
SESSION V, 2:30-4:00 pm, Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library, ECU
“Digits, Fingertips, Eyes: Doing Research Across Time and Space”
            Eugenia Afinoguénova, Marquette University
Eugenia Afinoguénova is Professor of Spanish at Marquette University. She is the author of The Prado: A Leisure Culture History, 1819-1939(forthcoming, 2017) and El idiota superviviente. Artes y letras españolas frente a la “muerte del hombre”, 1969-1990 (Madrid, 2003); she has also co-edited Spain is (Still) Different: Tourism and Discourse in Spanish Identity (2008) and, recently, a guest-edited volume Vademecum del cine iberoamericano: Métodos y teorías (2016). Her articles on Spanish film, tourism, and food have appeared in venues such as The Journal of Modern History, The Journal of Tourism History, and Hispanic Review. Afinoguénova is currently completing a 3D reconstruction of a 19th-century gallery at the Prado Museum in Madrid. Last year, Afinoguénova received a 3-year Klingler Research Fellowship from her university to complete the digital project entitled “Mapping Travel Writing,” for which she has teamed up with Marquette University 3D VisLab, American Geographic Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the same university’s Digital Humanities Lab.
“Taking It to the (Virtual) Streets: Mapping Lambert’s Point DHSJ (Digital Humanities Social Justice) Objectives”
            Avi Santo, Old Dominion University
Avi Santo is Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Old Dominion University and Associate Professor of Media & Society in the Department of Communications. He is the co-creator of MediaCommons and FlowTV and the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon and MacArthur Foundations. His research focuses on the extension of media franchises into lifestyle brands through consumer product licensing. He is the author of Selling the Silver Bullet: The Lone Ranger and Transmedia Brand Licensing (University of Texas Press, 2015) and co-editor of Making Media Work: Cutures of Management in the Entertainment Industries (New York University Press, 2014).
“Digital Tools for Campus Projects: Engaging Students in the History around Them”
            Anne Mitchell Whisnant, East Carolina University
Anne Mitchell Whisnant is the 2016-17 Whichard Visiting Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University. She received her PhD in history at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her teaching, research, consulting, and writing have focused on public history, digital history, and the history of the U.S. National Parks. At UNC, Anne served as advisor for Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway( ), an online history collection developed collaboratively with the UNC Libraries. Her teaching has always incorporated significant digital components, and her students have developed web exhibits on Blue Ridge Parkway history. More recently, her students at UNC and ECU are building digital projects related to the history of the two campuses (see Names in Brick and Stone:Histories from the University’s Built Landscape
SESSION IV, 1:15-2:15 pm, Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library, ECU
“Claiming a Digital Scholarly Identity for Students and Faculty: Domain of One’s Own and the University of Mary Washington”
            Jeffrey McClurken, University of Mary Washington
Jeffrey W. McClurken is Professor of History and American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation at the University of Mary Washington. His PhD in American History is from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. McClurken’s research areas include the history of the Civil War, veterans, families, the Pinkertons, mental institutions, the 19th-Century American South, and the digital humanities. Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing the Confederate Veteran Family in Virginia was published by UVA Press in 2009. Dr. McClurken has also published digital pedagogy essays in Hack the Academy, A Different Kind of Web, Learning through Digital Media, Chronicle of Higher Education and Journal of the Association of History and Computing.  He was the 2014 Teaching with Technology winner of the Virginia State Council of Higher Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award. He co-chairs the inaugural Digital History Working group for the American Historical Association.  His work and teaching can be found at Full bio at
“Building Digital Humanities Projects To Last (Advice from Someone Who’s Run DH Projects for 27 Years)”
            Geoffrey Sauer, Iowa State University
Geoffrey Sauer is an Associate Professor of English at Iowa State University, the Director of the ISU Studio for New Media, and the Director of, a nonprofit digital humanities publishing cooperative (the fourth most popular humanities website in the world, according to Amazon’s Alexa tracking). His PhD in English is from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Sauer’s research areas include the history of publishing (focusing on recent/new media), rhetoric and technical communication, multimedia development and production, usability, user experience design, and computer-supported collaborative work. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on digital humanities scholarship, and served as PI or Co-PI on over two dozen grants, beginning with a Mellon Foundation grant which created the Project Muse e-journal initiative at Johns Hopkins University Press starting in the 1990s. He has served as a reviewer for the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, and has won several awards for various scholarly websites he directs or co-directs. He is the lead web developer for the EServer Technical Communication Library, the Thoreau Reader, the Antislavery Literature Project, Project Yao, and the longest continuously-running web magazine, Bad Subjects. Full bio at or
Profile Picture of Kelsey Burroughs

Student Feature: Kelsey Burroughs

Profile Picture of Kelsey BurroughsIn the coming weeks, the Department of English website and social media pages will begin to feature work from students artists/photographers who have graciously agreed to share their work. One of those artists is Kelsey Burroughs, an MA student concentrating in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures. Kelsey enjoys taking photos that are artsy and literary. Some of her photos featured here are flowers she pressed into a book of fairy tales while she was studying abroad during her undergraduate work.

Kelsey is currently a graduate consultant at the University Writing Center and has been tutoring for many years.

She also hosts a blog about education, literature, and social justice:

The following photos are thanks to Kelsey!

Photo of map by Kelsey Burroughs Photo of bookcase by Kelsey Burroughs Photo of open book and red flower by Kelsey Burroughs Photo of open book and purple flower by Kelsey Burroughs Photo of open book and yellow flower by Kelsey Burroughs Photo of Cemetary Angel by Kelsey Burroughs

Hannah Brencher Poster Photo

Hannah Brencher Meeting on 2/27

Hannah Brencher Poster Photo
February 27th: Speaking Event: Hannah Brencher *(PREMIER Passport event)*
Time: 4pm – 5pm & 7pm – 8pm

Letter Writing Activity @ MSC 244 from 4:00PM – 5:00PM
7pm – 8pm Hannah will speak in Hendrix Theatre
Location:  MSC 244 @ 4pm, Hendrix Theatre @ 7pm
Sponsoring Dept./Organization: She’s the First at East Carolina

Brief Description of Program:

Hannah Brencher is a 2012 TED speaker (, and she founded “(The World Needs) More Love Letters” in 2011 (, a letter exchange dedicated to connecting strangers across the globe by writing love letters.
In this day and age, with the art of letter writing slowly diminishing, we believe she carries an important platform and message for generations past and present.
Note**: A letter writing activity will occur from 4:00PM – 5:00PM @ MSC 244.  The activity will occur before Hannah Brencher speaks at 7pm in Hendrix Theatre.

Emotional & Social. Hannah Brencher will be discussing the importance of staying humble and present in this digital age as she narrates her story of writing love letters to cope with loneliness, depression, and anxiety. These are all very real (and unfortunately all too common) struggles for college students today.

Profile Picture of Dr. Michael Hardt

The Power of Great Books: What a Manifesto Can Do by Dr. Michael Hardt on 3/31

Profile Picture of Dr. Michael Hardt

Flyer for event attached.

The Power of Great Books: What a Manifesto Can Do

a lecture by
Dr. Michael Hardt
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5pm
Bate 1001

Dr. Hardt’s work explores the new forms of domination in the contemporary world as well as the social movements and other forces of liberation that resist them. In the internationally acclaimed Empire trilogy —Empire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth (2009)— he and co-author Antonio Negri investigate the political, legal, economic, and social aspects of globalization. Their pamphlet Declaration(2012) attempts to articulate the significance of the encampments and occupations that began in 2011, from Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, and to recognize the primary challenges faced by emerging democratic social movements today.

This Great Books talk is co-sponsored by the Department of English at ECU.
Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least forty-eight hours prior to the event at 252-328-6799 (voice) or 252-328-0899 (TTY).
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Egyptian Writer Alaa Al Aswany visits ECU on 4/3

Alaa Al Aswany Poster for Event on April 3rd 2017

Flyer is attached.

Please mark your calendars: Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany will speak at ECU on April 3 from 5-6:30pm in Sci-Tech C209.

Trained as a dentist, Aswany is Egypt’s most prominent living novelist. His works have been translated into more than thirty languages. He is currently a visiting writer in residence at Bard College. Please encourage your students to attend; this is an exciting opportunity for them to hear from a major figure in world literature. More on Aswany, from The New Yorker:
English is a co-sponsor of this event and Rick Taylor is one of its organizers. 
Portrait of Phil Clay

Veterans Writing Workshop from 3/16-17

Phil Klay, USMC veteran and author of “Redeployment,” will be visiting ECU on March 16-17 to participate in the Veterans Writing Workshop.

Klay’s “Redeployment” is a collection of short stories that won the National Book Award for Fiction. He has also written an article for the New York Times, “What We’re Fighting For: Our acts of moral courage defend America as surely as any act of violence.

Veterans interested in participating in the workshops should visit:

Photo of Leggos reanacting Shakespeare scene

English MA Nikki Cox and Creative Writing Alumni Megan Oteri Featured on WNCT

Nikki Cox, Technical and Professional Communication MA student in the Department of English, teaches high school in Havelock and is currently completing a professional communication and public relations internship with Brick Scholars. The company is led by ECU Creative Writing alumni Megan Oteri. Megan visited Nikki’s high school class recently to run a workshop.

Visit WNCT to learn more about Megan and Nikki’s workshop featuring Legos to recreate Shakespeare scenes:

Poster for Writing for Change at the UWC

“Writing for Change” Workshop at the University Writing Center on 2/15

Poster for Writing for Change at the UWC

Come help The University Writing Center celebrate International Writing Centers Week!

UWC is kicking off a series of workshops called “Writing for Change.” These workshops are modeled off the National Writing Project’s Letters to the Next President and are focused on helping students use their voice to enact local, state, and national change though letters.

Where: University Writing Center (Joyner Library 1014)
When: Wednesday, February 15th from 11:00am-1:00pm


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