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Work in Progress: Update on the Texas Czech Legacy Project and the Archives of an Unknown American Czech Scholar

Dr. Lida Cope

Please join the department today at noon in Bate 2024 for Dr. Lida Cope’s talk entitled “Work in Progress: Update on the Texas Czech Legacy Project and the Archives of an Unknown American Czech Scholar.”

Texas Czech, an endangered diasporic dialect of Czech, is on the brink of extinction, making its documentation paramount. The Texas Czech Legacy Project at the University of Texas at Austin represents collaborative effort of scholars from UT and East Carolina University. The Project’s ultimate goal is to document and preserve the dying Texas Czech dialect (in its Oral Archive) and make available various artifacts representing the Texas Czech community’s linguistic and ethnocultural heritage (in its Visual Archive).

Dr. Cope will introduce the Project’s digital Oral Archive and sample its benefits for the community, education, and research. For those already familiar with her work, she will review the most recent developments as we continue building the TCLP and its archive. She will also highlight the contribution of one of the American Czech folklorists and sociolinguists, Svatava Pirkova Jakobson, whose work is an essential part of this digital repository.

Dr. Cope’s talk is part of the Faculty Speaker Series.


An Evening with Author Amy Stewart

Stewart

As part of Earth Day 2015 events, the Department of English has helped to bring best-selling author Amy Stewart to campus. Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, and Flower Confidential, will speak at 8 p.m. April 21 in C307 in the Science and Technology Building.

Stewart is a dynamic and engaging speaker whose books focus on the positive and negative impacts of the natural world on people. Her topics have relevance to scientists, gardeners, and cocktail-lovers everywhere. Books will be available to buy, and a reception and book signing will follow the talk.

This event is a signature North Carolina Science Festival event. Funding is provided by the North Carolina Science Festival, UNC System, and East Carolina University through the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Chemistry Department, English Department, and Center for Sustainability: Tourism, Natural Resources, and the Built Environment.


EGSO

The Annual ECU English Graduate Student Conference is taking place this Saturday, April 18th in Bate Building. The day begins with a meet-and-greet breakfast from 9-9:30 a.m. Graduate student presenters and presentations are as follows:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – “Wrecking the Southern Design: Faulkner’s Destruction of Heteronormativity in Absalom, Absalom! by Justin Littlefield & A Textual Analysis of Donne’s Work by Danielle Lake

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. – “Cemetery Rhetoric: Interpreting the Legacy of East Carolina University Founders” by Rexford Rose, Ed Reges, Suzan Flanagan

1:05 p.m. -2:05 p.m. – “Once Upon a Time” by Abby Morris, Shane Combs, Kristi Wiley

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. – Creative Writing Panel by Tim Buchanan, Jazzy Cambra, Brianne Holmes

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – “What Makes a Good Cover Design? Visual Representation and Intertextuality in Book Covers” by Janine Butler & “The American Settlement House Movement: At the Nexus of Isms” by Greg​ Orme


Coriolanus!

An interdisciplinary colloquium on Corliolanus will be 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library. Several speakers from the Department of English will be featured:

  • Thomas Herron will discuss “Famine and Rebellion: Contemporary Political Contexts for Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (c. 1608)” at 4:30 p.m.
  • Sean Morris will give a presentation entitled “Tragedy and Satire in Shakespeare’s Corliolanus” at 4:50 p.m.
  • Anna Froula will speak on “Ralph Fiennes’ film Coriolanus” at 5:10 p.m.

 

Coriolanus colloquium flier


Johnson presents NNEST award

Johnson, Burri, and Hansen-Thomas

Mark D. Johnson of East Carolina University (left) and Holly Hansen-Thomas of Texas Woman’s University (right) presented Michael Burri of Wollongong University (center) with the TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on Non-Native English-speaking teacher (NNEST) Issues at the 2015 TESOL convention in Toronto. (Photo by Kyle Perler for TESOL International Association)

English department assistant professor Mark D. Johnson, along with Holly Hansen-Thomas of Texas Woman’s University, presented Michael Burri with the TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on Non-Native English-Speaking Teacher (NNEST) Issues at the 2015 TESOL convention in Toronto. Each year, East Carolina University’s English department donates $250 to the recipient of the award.

This year’s recipient, Michael Burri, is a PhD student at Wollongong University in Australia. Burri’s paper, titled Exploring the Development of NNEST Cognition about Pronunciation Pedagogy, examined the changing beliefs of five non-native English-speaking teachers of English regarding pronunciation and how it is taught to learners of English as a second language. Burri presented this paper as part of his dissertation research.


Eble named ATTW president

Michelle Eble, associate professor in the Department of English at East Carolina University, was named President of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing at the organization’s annual meeting March 18 in Tampa, Fla.

Eble, who also serves as the English department’s Director of Graduate Studies, has been a member of ATTW since 2008. In that time, she has served as both conference coordinator and vice president. Her term as president will last three years, and she will also serve as chair of the executive committee during that time.

Eble ran on a platform of fostering more graduate student participation in ATTW, diversifying the membership, supporting partnerships with other technical communication organizations, and expanding the organization’s global presence—all while sustaining ATTW’s current commitments.

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) is an active professional organization of about 500 teachers, researchers, and practitioners of technical communication. Formed in 1973 to encourage dialogue among teachers of technical communication and to develop technical communication as an academic discipline, the organization boasts an international and interdisciplinary membership. ATTW produces Technical Communication Quarterly, a leading academic journal, and it collaborates with Taylor & Francis/Routledge to publish the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication.


Bauer profiled by grad school

Bauer

The ECU Graduate School has released a faculty profile of English department distinguished professor Margaret Bauer.

“For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher,” Bauer said in the profile. “Then, during high school, an English teacher, Mrs. Cotton, showed us how much Kate Chopin had packed into her two-page short story, “The Story of an Hour,” and I wanted to learn how to read like that, how to see all of those wonderful details, the numerous nuances that revealed the story of a woman’s whole life in just two pages.”

Read Dr. Bauer’s full profile.


Eble honored for doctoral mentoring

Dr. Michelle Eble

Michelle Eble was honored Friday at the Research Week Recognition Luncheon for her role in mentoring graduate students.

Eble was selected as this year’s winner of the ECU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Doctoral Category. Graduate School Dean Paul Gemperline said Eble was being recognized because “under Dr. Eble’s leadership, the PhD program in the department has flourished, having undergone a major overhaul of advising, curriculum, and comprehensive exam procedures. She led the development of innovative professional development seminars for first-year PhD students and has overseen the graduation of 15 students in the past four years.”

The award includes a cash prize of $1000 and a plaque.

 


Summer/Fall 2015 Registration

Below are the links to fall and spring courses:

Summer Undergraduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1k8h3M0MDSjO3IhzRzK6r63OUZFV68e3eok3Ynl8vpQo/edit?usp=sharing

Fall Graduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VKoqghnLUtsSY_nVrXdPXxrfXY2XzE2y9-HF3cNITKY/edit?usp=sharing

Summer Graduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gx7YEFv04IN7Ln0UpiMA5LeqmPfIgLC3PY710fUR9Wg/edit?usp=sharing

Fall Undergraduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LMqbhRS1k61r8K0FIuqfiICsMZw-IPLB-OD1SxMSsXQ/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact your advisor for additional details and check Banner for the most updated information.

 

Summer/Fall 2015 Registration Schedule

Friday, March 20th at 1:00 p.m.- Graduate Students, 2nd Degree Students, Honors Students, Teaching Fellows, Maynard Scholars, Approved Veterans

  8:00 am 9:30 am 11:00 am 2:00 pm 3:30 pm
Monday,
March 23rd
121+ 112-120 104-111 95-103 85-94
Tuesday,
March 24th
78-84 74-77 69-73 62-68 54-61
Wednesday,
March 25th
49-53 45-48 40-44 26-39 17-25
Thursday,
March 26th
16 14-15 12-13 0-11

The term hours indicates the total number of credit hours earned at the end of the previous semester/session.

NOTES:

  • Course information is subject to change without prior written notice.
  • All university indebtedness must be paid before registering or making schedule changes.