Professor to discuss ‘Literary Studies in the Digital Age’

English professor Kenneth Price of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the guest speaker at an event featuring ECU digital humanities projects.

English professor Kenneth Price of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the guest speaker at an event featuring ECU digital humanities projects.

Kenneth Price, the Hillegass University Professor of American Literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will share his expertise on the topic of “Literary Studies in a Digital Age,” at a free event held at the Greenville Museum of Art from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3.

Price is the featured speaker at the Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities: Digital Humanities at ECU and Beyond event.

In addition to Price, highlights of the program will include about seven ECU digital humanities projects, including two from the English Department:  associate professor of English Thomas Herron’s “Centering Spenser: A digital resource for the Munster Plantation” and Whichard Professor of English Gary Stringer’s “Digital Donne”.

To attend, please RSVP by March 29 to

For information, contact Kate LaMere at


A reading on a Sci-Fi director’s work

Anna Froula

Anna Froula

The body of work of Sci-Fi filmmaker Terry Gilliam will be the focus of the third talk in the Faculty Speaker series, featuring assistant professor Anna Froula.

Froula, associate editor of ECU’s “Cinema Journal,”  the journal of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, will read excerpts from the book, “The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Bate 1001.

If you have a yen to discuss Sci-Fi and fantasy fare with kindred film buffs, or you just want to explore a new genre with an emphasis on an “outsider” filmmaker known for delivering movies with a satirical edge, come and learn more. Good conversation and eats are free.

Faculty Speaker Series Continues

The novel, "Sula," by  Toni Morrison (pictured) will be discussed at the Faculty Speaker Series at 4:30 p.m. March 21.

The novel, “Sula,” by Toni Morrison (pictured) will be discussed at the Faculty Speaker Series at 4:30 p.m. March 21.

English instructor Erika Galluppi will discuss the “silence prophet” aspects of Shadrack, a character in Toni Morrison’s novel, “Sula,” by “going around the world … tracing his origins from Cassandra in classic Greek mythology to Septimus in Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” and Pays in Ousmane Sembene’s African film, “Camp de Thiaroye.”

Galluppi’s talk, titled “Cassandra ‘Pays it Forward’: Tracing Toni Morrison’s Shadrack as “silenced prophet” from Greek mythology to Virginia Woolf and Ousmane Sembene” is the second in the free series of Faculty Speaker events. It will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Bates Room 1001.

Good conversation is promised, accompanied by snacks and beverages.

Applewhite’s poetry inspires multimedia art show


City Art Gallery’s opening night exhibit of an art show based on the poetry of well-known North Carolina poet James Applewhite attracted attendees who viewed works created by artists with ties to East Carolina University.
Photo courtesy of The Arts Connection

Three poems penned by renowned North Carolina poet James Applewhite served as the muse for the creation of more than 20 artworks recently displayed at City Art Gallery in Greenville. The February event marked the third annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational Reception.

The poems, “Reading the Science News,” “Hemlock Hill,” and “Written Beside Bass Lake” inspired paintings, ceramics, sculpture and mixed media. At last  month’s opening reception, Applewhite read the poems aloud. The opening drew a good turnout, said Jaclyn Morgan of the gallery.  The event was hosted by the gallery and the North Carolina Literary Review, a publication of East Carolina University and the N.C. Literary and Historical Association. Applewhite is a frequent contributor to the literary review.

ECU faculty contributing works to the show included Mike Dorsey, Seo Eo, Hanna Jubran, and Jeff Kiefer. Work by graduate student Sally Sutton also was shown. Artists included alumni Richard Fennell, Jeff Kiefer, Michael Knoch, and Bob Rankin, as well as art from the estate of former faculty member Paul Hartley.






ECU’s Whichard Professor to Give Public Lecture

Image of Gary Stringer
Dr. Gary A. Stringer
, scholar of English Renaissance Literature and visiting professor at East Carolina University, will give a free, public lecture at 7 p.m., Feb. 7, in room 1031 of the Bate Building. He will discuss “The Making of the 1633, ‘Poems, by J. D. with Elegies on the Author’s Death,’ An Illustrated Detective Story.” A reception will follow in the foyer of the Bate Building.


10th Annual TESOL /Applied Linguistics Graduate Students (TALGS) Conference Information

The TALGS Conference will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Register on the TALGS website: 
Come to hear our keynote speaker, Dr. Charlene Polio, and attend a variety of paper, discussion and workshop presentations.
On-site registration will be available. Free lunch will be served. Continuing education credits will be offered.All info you may need, including the conference schedule, appears on our website :

Department of English welcomes new faculty

The Department of English welcomes 7 new faculty members to the department for the 2012-2013 new school year:
Solveig Bosse (Linguistics)
Nicole Caswell (Rhetoric & Composition)
Matthew Cox (Technical & Professional Communication)
Amber Flora Thomas (Creative Writing)
Kristy Ulibarri (Multicultural and Transnational Literatures)
Peter Franks (Teaching Instructor)

Tracy Ann Morse (Rhetoric & Composition) joined our department in January 2012 and serves as Director of Composition/Writing Foundations.

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