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.
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.
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.
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.
TALGS Articles/Images? From Spring 2011
The 8th Annual TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Students (TALGS) Conference, held at East Carolina University on Saturday, February 19, 2011, welcomed graduate students and professionals alike to share their ideas and practices about TESOL and other aspects of applied linguistics. This conference, which is organized by the Linguistics and TESOL graduate students and faculty in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, “aims to provide a serious yet relaxed environment for graduate students and professionals to present their work, receive feedback, and network”, according to their website.
In addition to a variety of presentations and posters (link to Austin’s interviews here or TALGS website), I had the opportunity to interview keynote speaker, Dr. Ofelia García, who talked about her research, how she came to the field, and common misconceptions about bilingualism. I also had the pleasure of attending Dr. García’s plenary address entitled “Negotiating Bilingualism in Education: Deconstructing structures and pedagogies”, which was an eye-opening discussion on language policies and emergent bilinguals education.
For more information on the TALGS conference: including abstracts, past conferences, and their recent partnership with Western Carolina University, please see the TALGS website.