Hallberg Award Winner Gives Reading

Walker Reads from her StoryRachael M. Walker read her work, “A Small Seed of Fate Carried Inside Me,” at the annual Bill Hallberg Creative Writing Award Reading on Wednesday, November 14th. This year’s genre was creative nonfiction.

Each year, the Department of English presents a prize to an outstanding piece of literature written by an undergraduate in N.C., V.A., T.N., or S.C. Ms. Walker was a student at Hollins University in V.A. when the essay was written.

The award was created to honor Hallberg, who was a former ECU creative writing professor.

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Professor Hoppenthaler Travels to Morocco

John reads at the ConferenceLast April, ECU English and Creative Writing Professor John Hoppenthaler took a trip to Morocco, where he was a featured reader at the Annual Alhamra Center for Culture and Thought Prose Poetry Symposium in Marrakech. He also traveled to Tamri, a small Berber fishing village in the north, where he visited, read poems and answered questions for high school students in the school’s English club. He later met the superintendent of English classes in Morocco, Abdellatif Zoubair, and learned of the successful English Club program he began some years ago. Morocco is a place where knowledge of the English language truly is power and does open all sorts of opportunities for these students. He was able to identify several ways our faculty and students can help these students, and Hoppenthaler intends to roll these out in the coming months. John thinks valuable ties can be established that will be of great benefit to ECU students as well as the English learning students in Morocco.

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John with students at Azzatoine High School, Tamri

Dr. Marianne Montgomery’s Chapter Published

Dr. Marianne Montgomery recently authored the chapter “Language and Seafaring in Thomas Middleton and John Webster’s Anything for a Quiet Life” in Travel and Drama in Early Modern England: The Journeying Play, edited by Claire Jowitt and Davis McInnis. Cambridge University Press says the collection “redefines the field by expanding the canon of recognized plays concerned with travel. Re-assessing the parameters of the genre, the chapters offer fresh perspectives on how these plays communicated with their audiences and readers.” Montgomery’s chapter expands the canon of the early modern “travel play,” usually focused on plays set abroad, to include John Webster and Thomas Middleton’s Anything for a Quiet Life (1621), a city comedy that never leaves London but is highly invested in foreign exchanges of languages, goods, and people. Staging the sea captain Young Franklin’s travels through the commercial spaces of the city as an extension of his oceanic travels, the play offers a seafaring perspective on early modern London.

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Dr. Michelle Eble Edits Collection

Dr. Michelle F. Eble’s collection Key Theoretical Frameworks: Teaching Technical Communication for the 21st Century, (co-edited by Angela Haas) was published by Utah State University Press.

The work is “links the theoretical with the pedagogical in order to articulate, use, and assess social justice frameworks for designing and teaching courses in technical communication.”

Dr. Erin A. Frost contributed the chapter “Apparent Feminism and Risk Communication: Hazard, Outrage, Environment, and Embodiment,” and Matthew B. Cox added, “Shifting Grounds as the New Status Quo: Examining Queer Theoretical Approaches to Diversity and Taxonomy in the Technical Communication Classroom.”

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Dr. Nikki Caswell Inducted to Hall of Fame

Dr. Nikki Caswell was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at her alma mater, Kent State University. The award is “the highest honor bestowed upon a former student who graduated within the last ten years from a program within the college. The award recognizes an alumnus who has achieved extraordinary distinction in a career rooted in education, health, and human services.”

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Professor Bob Siegel’s play premiers at NY Fringe Festival

Robert Siegel's New Play

Bob Siegel’s new play Stranger than a Rhino was featured during the Oct. 12-20 The New York International Fringe Festival.

A director with a reputation for restaging classics takes on Ionesco’s Rhinoceros turning the play inside out to reflect current societal fears of Muslims. A neophyte lands the role of the protagonist. Another cast member begins to wonder about his stake in this play. As rehearsals progress and the new Rhino emerges, the tension between cast and the play, especially our mysterious neophyte, brings the play to a startling conclusion about our recent past.

“This is in no way an adaptation. It is a tip of the hat but a wholly original absurdist farce/drama,” stated playwright Robert Siegel. “The subject is so serious that the only way I could come at it is to try and make an audience laugh at first, then ask themselves what they’re laughing at, and hopefully think about our history and place in the world.”

Dr. Don Palumbo’s Book A Dune Companion Published

Don Palumbo's Latest Publication

A Dune Companion

Don Palumbo’s book A Dune Companion: Characters, Places, and Terms in Frank Herbert’s Original Six Novels was just published by McFarland Press, in their “Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy” series. This companion to Frank Herbert’s six original Dune novels—Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Duneand Chapterhouse: Dune—provides an encyclopedia of characters, locations, terms and other elements, and highlights the series’ underrated aesthetic integrity. An extensive introduction discusses the theme of ecology, chaos theory concepts and structures, and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth in Herbert’s narratives.

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Dr. Andrea Kitta Takes on Fake News

Andrea Kitta’s article “Alternative Health Websites and Fake News: Taking a Stab at Definition, Genre, and Belief” was just published in a special issue on Fake News in the Journal of American Folklore (JAF). In her essay, Dr. Kitta considers types of fake news, where fake news occurs, and what motivates people to create fake news. She also addresses fake news by looking at alternative health belief sites, including anti-vaccination sites, as precursors to other types of fake news and as a way to understand the intersection of fake news and belief.

JAF is the premier folklore journal in the world and this special issue is based on a series of presentations from last year’s major conference. This group of articles had a quick turn-around time since the topic is so timely.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/jamerfolk.131.522.0405?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Dr. Brent Henze Contributes Chapter to Journal

Brent Henze authored the chapter “What do Instructors Need to Know about Teaching Genre?” in the collection Teaching Professional and Technical Communication (Utah State University Press, 2018). This book introduces teachers of technical and professional communication to the most important theories and research-informed practices in the field and provides resources for using those theories and practices in their instruction. Brent’s chapter introduces teachers to contemporary genre theory in technical communication.

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