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Great Decisions Program Spring 2014


Now in its eleventh year in Greenville, the popular Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program will be hosted by East Carolina University beginning January 18 and will run through March 8. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina and ECU, the community forum on international affairs will run for eight consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the auditorium of the Rivers West Building.

This year’s program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts. Topics of discussion will include defense technology, Turkey’s challenges, US trade policy, Israel and the US, Islamic awakening, energy independence, China’s foreign policy, and food and climate change.

ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $19. The public is invited to attend for a fee of $37 for all eight sessions, which includes membership in the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina. The textbook is an additional $19. The cost for attending an individual session is $6.

For additional information, or to register for any or all sessions, visit The Great Decisions Homepage. For questions, contact Dr. James Gehlhar, associate vice chancellor for international affairs.


November 5-11, 2013. French Week

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Tues Nov 5. 3:30 pm in BATE 1032. TALK: “Peaceful Rap: an Oxymoron? Abd al Malik’s Relationship to French Rap, American Rap and Islam,” David Spieser-Landes, University of Pittsburgh

Wed Nov 6. 4pm Bate 3007. Guest speaker Diane B. Dean president and CEO of the Dean Agency International LTD which matches foreign firms to US clients. 4PM. Bate 3007. “The Languages of Business”. Diana Dean graduated in French from ECU, and has also worked as a liaison between the Mexican Consul in Charlotte and the Mexican Consulate in Washington DC. Among other recognitions she was selected as nominee for 1st annual award from the Charlotte Observer for Business Woman of the Year.

Wed Nov 6. 6pm. DÎNER FRANÇAIS: Dinner and Study Abroad Presentations, The Scullery, Uptown Greenville. Reservations required by Friday, Nov. 1. PHOTOS.

Thu Nov 7. 3:30-5:30 Bate 1028. French Film: La Haine, by Matthieu Kassovitz

Mon Nov 11. 5:30pm Brewster B102. French Film: Les Intouchables, by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano,

October 27, 2013. Spring Awakening. Raleigh Little Theatre. 3pm.

PLEASE SIGN UP WITH PROF. SMITH FOR THIS TRIP as soon as possible so he can get an accurate count of who is going. Email him or call 328-5524.

We’ll meet at ECU at 12:15 p.m. (exact location forthcoming) and travel by ECU bus to Raleigh Little Theatre.
We’ll be back at ECU by 9 p.m. at latest.
What you’ll need: just $5 per ticket (a savings of $22/ticket) and some money for dinner.*
*Students with financial need should talk to Prof. Smith because there is funding to pay for your ticket.
Why should you attend? Besides earning cultural outreach credit for your German class, you’ll get to see the rock musical version of Frank Wedekind’s “Frühlings Erwachen”, a play focusing on the lives of several teenagers that continues to challenge social mores some 100 years after it was first performed (and censored or banned!). The Broadway musical won 11 Tony awards in 2007. You won’t want to miss this opportunity. Contact Prof. Smith today to sign up for the trip. All students are welcome, so don’t forget to get your roommates and friends interested as well.

ECU faculty and staff may also ride on the bus with us, space permitting, but they will need to purchase their tickets directly from Raleigh Little Theatre as the subventions apply only to students. Please contact Prof. David Smith if you are interested in riding with us. Unfortunately, people not employed by ECU are not allowed to ride the bus because of insurance coverage reasons.

This trip is being sponsored by
ECU’s Department of Student Involvement and Leadership Co-Curricular Collaborations,
ECU’s Ledonia Wright Cultural Center,
The Raleigh Little Theatre.