ECU Hosts Ninth Year of International Affairs Forum
The Great Decisions Program, now in its ninth year at ECU and co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina (WAC-ENC), will run for eight consecutive Saturdays beginning January 19, 2013 through March 9. Sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Rivers West Building auditorium on the ECU campus.
The program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts. Topics of discussion will include Threat Assessment, China in Africa, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, the Future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Iran, and Intervention.
Full-time ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $19. For the general public, the fee is $37 for all eight sessions and includes membership in the WAC-ENC. The textbook is $19. Individual sessions are $6. To register for the series, visit the Great Decisions web site at www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/greatdecisions/home.cfm.
For additional information, contact Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning at 252-328-5520 or email@example.com. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to each event.
For the fourth year in a row, ECU’s German program has had a student selected for an Undergraduate Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
This year’s recipient, MICHAEL VEALE, is a junior from Charlotte double majoring in Theatre Arts and German. Thanks to the award, Michael is spending this academic year as a student at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, where he is taking advantage of the educational and cultural opportunities available to him as a resident of a major European city.
To put this achievement in context, ECU’s program in German is 1 of only 5 in the United States to have had an undergraduate receive a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship in each of the last four years, and the only program in the entire Southeast to do so. These four scholarships represent approximately $45,000 in external funding for ECU undergraduates to pursue their studies in German and other fields of interest at an institution of higher learning in Germany.
In Michael’s case, the German faculty would like to thank the faculty and staff of the School of Theatre and Dance, in particular Prof. John Shearin, Prof. Hector Garza, and Prof. Gregory Funaro. Their support of Michael’s candidacy was unwavering and much appreciated.
Joel Banjo Johnson, 2009 winner of the Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award and BA German major, writes:
Greetings from Ramstein Air Base Germany
Friday night, we hosted the seasoner opener for the NCAA between UCONN and Michigan State. The game aired live on ESPN and ESPN2. It took us 5 months to plan but the event was a success. I definitely had a lot of fun and all the interviews and coverage turned out well. Everyone learned a little about what we do at Ramstein Air Base. The pic is about an hour before Sports Center was going to air live. I’m grateful for these different experiences. I’m completely exhausted afterwards but excited as its going on. Learned a lot about production behind the scenes and programming.
My Major is now deployed so I’ve taken over. I now am the Chief of Public Affairs for the largest wing in the entire Air Force. It’s certainly a challenge but doing well. Hope all is well in Pirate country!
Art Exhibit: Romanesque Journey Nanyoung Kim. October 1- December 5 @ The Scullery, 431 Evans St. Greenville NC.
Cultural Attaché Aurélie Surblé, French Consulate Atlanta. Thursday November 8, 7pm @ The Scullery. “French-American Exchange and Cooperation.”
Diner Français. Thursday November 8, 7pm @ The Scullery. Reservations required. Contact Anne-Hélène Miller.
Flim: L’Artiste. Friday November 9, 7pm in Bate 1031.
Pétanque in the Park. Sunday November 11, 3pm @ Elm Street Park Lawn Games Area (beside gym). Contact Thomas Herron.
French Harpsichord Concert: Maude Gratton. Tuesday November 13, 7pm @ The Music House, 1726 W. 5th St., Greenville NC. Reviewed by CVNC (The Classical Voice of North Carolina).
For general questions, please contact Marylaura Papalas.
An extremely interesting article was published this week in Science regarding the origin and expansion of the Indo-European language family (which includes most of the languages we deal with). Here is a link to the abstract of the paper. Also, there was a piece on this article on the August 24th show of NPR’s Science Friday.
The winner of the 2011-2012 ΦΚΦ Outstanding Senior award is Amber Heckart from Holly Ridge, NC. A graduate of the NC School of Science and Math, Amber was selected to be an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College. She was also chosen to be part of the Brody Early Assurance for Admission to Medical School program. Amber graduates in May of 2012 summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in biology and a B.A. degree in Hispanic Studies. She studied abroad for a semester in Santander, Spain, where she attended classes at the Universidad de Cantabria. She did her senior honors thesis project under the direction of Dr. David Tulis at the Brody School of Medicine investigating the biochemical mechanisms that underlie abnormal growth of vascular smooth muscle. Amber has also been involved in many service and leadership activities. She has been a volunteer tutor for chemistry, biology and physics. She served as Co-President of the ECU Spanish Club, helped raise funds for the NC Migrant Farm Worker Food Bank, and has been the Undergraduate Student Vice President for ECU’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. In Greenville, she has served with a number of organizations to volunteer ot help the local Latino population, working particularly in the Grimesland Health Clinic and the AGAPE health clinic in Washington, NC. Amber is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma and Golden Key. She was recently nominated for the Fullerton Scholarship in the Brody School of Medicine, which she will enter this fall. Amber plans to prepare for a career in primary care. Eventually, she would like to open medical clinics across eastern NC to serve the growing Hispanic population.
April 3, 2012. 5-8 pm. Greenville Museum of Art. “The Six Best Reasons to Study the Humanities,” featuring presentations by two FLL faculty, John Given and Anne-Hélène Miller.
March 26, 2012. 2-7 pm. Joyner 2409. Cultural and Political Exchange in France, 1300-1600. A Colloquium organized by the program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies Continue reading
On February 21 & 23, 2011, the department hosted events in celebration of UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day. Continue reading