Woodward visits ECU

Bob Woodward visited ECU Wednesday evening as the premier speaker of this year’s Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, directed by English professor Jeffrey Johnson. Woodward spoke on his career reporting presidential politics, including offering insights into the current campaign season. At left, Dr. Johnson speaks with Mr. Woodward during the event.

Digital Scholarship at ECU

English faculty members featured in Digital Humanities article

Jeffrey Johnson, who works on the Digital Donne project, is quoted in a recent ECU News Bureau article on Digital Humanities. The article also highlights Tom Herron’s “Centering Spenser” website and Margaret Bauer’s Wilmington Massacre project, which she works on with Karen Zipf from History. Go English!

The article may be found on DISSH at ECU here: http://www.ecu.edu//cs-admin/news/Digital-Scholarship.cfm
Don’t miss the links to digital scholarship at ECU within the article.

Call for Papers! Undergrads Encouraged to Apply for Console-ing Passions @ ECU 2017



International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism

July 27-29 2017

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC


This is an exciting opportunity for ECU undergrads to get the experience of an academic conference without having to travel! CP@ECU is hoping to have a few undergrad panels this year (and undergrads will read through those submissions).

Console-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists looking to create a space to present work and foster scholarship on issues of television, culture, and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. The first Console-ing Passions conference was held at the University of Iowa in 1992. Since then, Console-ing Passions has expanded to become not only the most important conference for scholars studying gender in television but also among the top conferences for scholars of media generally.

The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee invites proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and pre-constituted forums that consider television, video, audio, or new media alongside gender, sexuality, race, and/or other intersected components of identity. We also welcome proposals for video, audio, or new media creative works related to gender and other modes of identity.

Submission Guidelines:


The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

The Submittable link will be available starting on October 1, 2016 (stay tuned).

Proposal Guidelines:


Proposers may submit:

  1. one paper or creative project, and one CP Forum.

Attendees may present:

  1. one paper or creative project, and may participate in one CP Forum.

Individual Papers: Individuals submitting a paper proposals should provide an abstract of 250 words, a short bio, and contact information. Co-authored papers are acceptable.

Panels: Panel coordinators should submit a 250-word rationale for the pre-constituted panel as a whole. Coordinators should submit a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and contact information for each panel participant. Panels should include 3-4 papers. Co-authored papers are acceptable. Panels that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged.

CP Forums: Building upon the success of discussion-based roundtables at Flow and other conferences, we invite proposals for a limited number of pre-constituted roundtables that focus either on scholarly topics in the field or matters of professional interest. We are especially interested in roundtables that are likely to engage wide participation by conference attendees and which reflect our field’s diversity of cultural identities, institutions, methodologies, and professional rank or employment status. Proposals should be submitted by a convener, who will propose a question (<100 words) and solicit brief (<250 words) responses from 5-7 respondents. Proposals should also include a brief bio and contact information for the convener and each participant. If the proposal is accepted, each participant will write a response to the question of no more than 600 words, which must be submitted to the conference organizers 2 weeks prior to the conference. Those papers will be circulated to all attendees and will form the basis of a public discussion during the CP Forum sessions. Roundtable participants’ remarks at the conference should be brief in order to encourage substantive discussion with attendees.

Creative Works: We invite proposals for video, audio, or new media screenings or exhibits. Each proposal should consist of a 350-word abstract (including the length and format of the work), a short bio of the producer/director, and contact information. If the work is viewable online, please submit a URL.

Please direct any questions about the conference and/or the submission process to the conference organizers:


Follow us on Twitter: @CPECU17

Visit the conference website for updates about events, schedules, travel information, and more:


A note on House Bill 2: Console-ing Passions 2017 will provide a safe, welcoming environment to all of its members. The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee does not support or enforce the recently passed HB2. Both the ECU Faculty Senate and the Greenville City Council passed resolutions opposing HB2.

Conference Organizers:

Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, Teaching Instructor, Department of English (Women’s Studies)

Anna Froula, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)

Su-ching Huang, Associate Professor, Department of English (Asian American Studies)

Amanda Ann Klein, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)

Marianne Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of English (Renaissance Studies)

Jennifer Valko, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages (Hispanic Studies)

Katy Kavanagh Webb, Assistant Professor, Joyner Library

Carolyn Willis, Associate Professor, Joyner Library

National Park Services features Tedesco for NPS 100th birthday celebration

Associate Professor Laureen Tedesco presented her archival research on Margaret Sidney (pseud. for Harriett M. Lothrop) as part of National Park Service Centennial celebrations at Minute Man National Historical Park on Aug. 25, the 100th birthday of the NPS.
Her invited lecture “‘Refined, gentle & grammatical language’: Editors’ Advice to Margaret Sidney, 1877-1882” traced the Concord author’s uneven path to publication, highlighting children’s editors disapproval of the slang and regional vernacular she frequently used. The National Park Service owns The Wayside, the Concord home of Lothrop and her husband publisher Daniel Lothrop, and reopened the home in July as part of extended Centennial celebrations.
Pictured from left are seasonal park ranger Jane Sciacca, who conducts tours of The Wayside; Dr. Tedesco; and Park Ranger Michelle Blees, Interpretive Operations, who arranged for the invited lecture. Ms. Sciacca has incorporated information from Dr. Tedesco’s archival research into her talks about The Wayside. [Photo credit: National Historical Park photographer Phil Lupsieicz]

Congratulations to Donna Kain!

Congratulations to Donna Kain, who received a BB&T Active Learning and Leadership Development Grant for her Fall 2016 section of ENGL 3870, Introduction to Editing and Publishing! In Donna’s class, students edit and publish The Lookout: A Journal of Undergraduate Research at ECU. This year’s group is working on the journal’s third annual issue.

Students in our Introduction to Editing and Publishing course (ENGL 3870) are preparing the fourth issue of The Lookout: A Journal of Undergraduate Research at ECU.

The journal showcases undergraduate research and is serving as an ongoing learning space for students studying editing, publishing, and document design through courses offered in the Department of English. Electronic versions of the previous 3 issues of the journal are available from the home page of the journal‘s website at www.ecu.edu/lookout.

We are currently seeking submissions. The editors are interested in topics from all areas of study represented at ECU. Their vision for journal is to highlight the range of research that undergrads at ECU are producing.

The Lookout editors for this semester will review all submissions and make final selections in early November. After selections are announced, the editors will work with the authors to edit the submissions for publication.

Questions can be directed to The Lookout at lookout@ecu.edu.

staff sit around a table

Meet the staff of NCLR

North Carolina Literary Review had a full staff meeting yesterday. Meet the folks who make NCLR great! Pictured from left and moving clockwise are: Seth Gulledge, Intern; Ellen Franks, Intern; Ina Cariño, Intern; Sarah Quinn, Intern; Jackie Nelson, Intern; Dominique Reyes-Hildel, Intern; Cameron Green, Editorial Assistant;
Jasmine Cruz, Intern; Teresa Bryson, Editorial Assistant; and Dr. Margaret Bauer.

Albright publishes twice in one week

Congratulations to Alex Albright, who had two publications printed last week. His most recent publications are “Mose McQuitty’s Band and Minstrel Days, 1899-1937,” about early African-American circus musicians (Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society, 60.3 [2016]: 6-47) and “Prague Bluegrass Spring” (Bluegrass Unlimited, Oct. 2016: 42-45).

Book Cover "How I Shed My Skin" by Grimsley

Prize-winning Author Jim Grimsley Returns to Greenville for Two Events

Award-winning novelist and playwright Jim Grimsley will lead an open discussion with ECU students about race, racism, integration, discrimination, HB-2 and other LGBT issues at an open forum next Thursday, September 22. The event, open to all students as well as the general public, will be in the Mendenhall Great Rooms, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m..
Grimsley has been Senior Writer in Residence at Emory University in Atlanta since 1999. 
His 2015 critically acclaimed memoir, How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood, chronicles his experiences growing up in Jones County during the first days of public schools integration in North Carolina. He will read from that memoir Thursday evening, September 22, at 8 p.m. At the Greenville Museum of Art, 802 Evans St., Greenville. That event also is free and open to students and the public.
More about Grimsley, his memoir, and the integration of NC schools:
An essay review of Grimsley’s memoir, from NCLR online:
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