ECU German students together with students from Construction Management erected an effigy of the Berlin Wall and then tore it down later in remembrance of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Their purpose was to teach the history of the Cold War and how it affected Germany, as well as how events in Germany affected the United States.
ECU’s Joyner Library honors ECU faculty authors
GREENVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 28, 2014) J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University hosted the fourth annual Joyner Library/Academic Affairs Faculty Author Book Awards on October 24. This event honored 35 faculty in ECU Academic Affairs Colleges and Schools: College of Business, College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Communication, College of Health and Human Performance, College of Human Ecology, and the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.
“Publishing a scholarly book is a significant professional achievement for university faculty. We want to recognize our faculty authors and congratulate them on their accomplishments. The Library is an important partner in the creation of scholarly output so it’s a natural fit for us to host such an event,” says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services.
Dr. Ron Mitchelson, interim provost and senior vice chancellor of Academic Affairs remarked, “the book remains the signature event in an academic’s life and we admire our authors for their creativity and endurance.”
Prof. Susanne Lenné Jones was honored for the publication of her monograph, The Multiplicities of Memories in Contemporary German Literature: How Photographs are Used to Reconstruct Narratives of History (Edwin Mellen Press 2013). The incorporation of photography into German literary texts dealing with the years between 1933 and 1945 is an important innovative technique that offers insights relating to questions of truth, authenticity, and opportunities for personal engagement in the visual and textual representations of the catastrophe that still haunts us today.
Prof. Jones’ book fills a void in contemporary scholarship by providing an in-depth analyses of three major German-language writers and their literary reflections of the Holocaust: Monika Maron’s Pawels Briefe; and W.G. Sebald’s Die Ausgewanderten and Austerlitz. It examines important insights into the limits of memory on the effects of this historical catastrophe on those born afterwards and the blending of text and image in the search for truth and authenticity.
Dîner Français and Lecture by Nicolas Medevielle, “16th & 17th Century French Explorers in the Americas”:
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Concert of French music featuring Louise Toppin, Soprano and John O’Brien, piano. Saturday, November 8, 2014, at The Music House in Greenville. French Club officers with Ms. Toppin:
Louise Toppin, Professor and Chair of the Music Department, was a finalist in the Munich International Competition and winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions. She has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the United States, Czech Republic, Scotland, Japan, China, Uruguay, Sweden, the Caribbean, Bermuda, New Zealand, England, and Spain. She has appeared in recital on concert series including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Opera House, Licieu Theatre in Barcelona, Spain and the International Albeniz Festival in Camprodon, Spain.
Orchestral appearances include: the Norrköping Symphony (Sweden), the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Czech National Symphony, Mälmo Symphony Orchestra, (Sweden), Tokyo City Orchestra (Japan), The Montevideo Philharmonic (Uruguay), the Scotland Festival Orchestra (Aberdeen, Scotland), the Honolulu, Bermuda, Petersburg, Fayetteville, Fairfield, Toledo, Canton, North Carolina, Charlotte, Lafayette, Erie Chamber and Raleigh Chamber Symphony Orchestras, The Bach Aria Group, Phoenix Bach Consort, and the Washington DC Bach Consort with conductors such as: Paul Freeman, Richard Aulden Clark, Justin Brown, James Meena, and Gearhart Zimmerman.
Opera roles include: title role in the world premiere of the opera Luyala by composer William Banfield, Treemonisha in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Mary in William Grant Still’s Highway One, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, both Clara and Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Ms. Toppin performed Mozart’s Impresario (Goldentrill) at The Kennedy Center, to rave reviews from The Washington Post. Most recently she was contracted to sing Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess for Opera Carolina, Baltimore Opera, and Piedmont Opera companies.
She toured for seven seasons in “A Gershwin party” with pianist Leon Bates and tenor William Brown. The trio appeared on such series as the Minnesota Pops Cabaret Concert, Spivey Hall Concert Series in Atlanta and NPR’s Performance Today. She is currently a member of “Gershwin on Broadway” with baritone Robert Sims and pianist Leon Bates for Joanne Rile Artist Management. She has created and tours in many other recitals such as: Music of African American composers; Music of Women composers; Pictures from an Exhibition (a visual show interacting art with music); and Music of Spanish composers on college campuses around the US such as Universities of Mississippi, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Miami, California, Oregon, North Carolina, Denver, New York University, Morehouse, Spelman, Duke, Michigan State, Tufts, Emory, etc.
Her compact discs of American Music are: Songs of Illumination, (Centaur Records), Ah love, but a day (Albany Records), Extensions of the Tradition (Albany Records), More Still (Cambria Records), Sence you went away (Albany Records) and Paul Freeman Introduces… Vol. II and IV (Albany Records) with the Czech National Symphony, A Hall Johnson collection published by Carl Fisher (2003), Highway One (opera by William Grant Still) released on Albany Records, The Major’s Letter (Albany Records), Poetry Preludes (Albany Records), Good News (Visionary Records), He’ll Bring it to Pass (Albany Records), Somewhere Far Away with the Dvorak Symphony conducted by Julius Williams (Albany Records), and Heart on the Wall, art songs with symphony by African American composers with the Dvorak Symphony on Albany Records. Two more CDs will be released in 2015, Frühlingsglaube (music for soprano and fortepiano) and George Shirley: A Spiritual Collection.
In demand as a presenter and guest clinician for masterclasses, in the summer she teaches for programs in Bogota, Colombia (The National Conservatory of Music), Amalfi, Italy (The Amalfi Coast Music Festival) and Baltimore, Maryland, (The Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop). She is the Director of the non-profit organization Videmus which promotes the music of African American concert composers through recordings, performances, and educational programming. Through Videmus, she administers annually the George Shirley African American Art Song and Opera Aria Competition in Michigan.
She is a graduate of The University of Michigan (DMA voice), Peabody Conservatory (MM voice, MM piano) and The University of North Carolina (BM piano). Her teachers and coaches include: George Shirley, Reri Grist, Charlotte Holloman, Sylvia Olden Lee, and Mattiwilda Dobbs. In the summers of 1995 & 1996 she worked with Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge and Elly Ameling respectively at the Britten Pears School in England. She was formerly on the faculties of East Carolina University, Bowling Green State University and Eastern Michigan University. Formerly she was the Area Head of Voice at UNC and the Associate Chair for Performance, Composition and Music Education.
Jessica Rassau, senior in Classical Studies and the Honors College, has received an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) award in the amount of $1,120. She is currently studying abroad in Italy and will use her funds to travel to Greece, where she will further her research in ancient Spartan military culture and Spartan participation in the Persian Wars.
Kyle Binaxas, a double major in Russian Studies/Psychology, has also received an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Award in the amount of $950.00. Dr. Murenina started this undergrad research project with Kyle in Spring 2014 by supervising RUSI 3993 Directed Readings: Aesthetic Choices in Soviet Animation and the Thaw of the 1960s, and recently asked Rick Hernandez (Russian History) to be her mentor for this award competition. We are looking forward to presenting Kyle’s project at The State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creative Symposium (SNCURCS).
The URCA committee received 61 applications, of which they funded 31. Both will be recognized at the URCA awards ceremony on Monday, March 16.