Shakespearean Sonnet-Writing Contest Deadline 3/15/15

J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University announces a Shakespearean sonnet-writing contest for undergraduate students sponsored by the Department of English and Sigma Tau Delta. The contest is in honor of Shakespeare’s 451st birthday on April 23.

The contest sponsors will award two cash prizes: $100 for first place and $50 for the second place winner. Poems are due by electronic submission to Dr. Tom Herron, associate professor of English, (herront@ecu.edu) by midnight on March 15, 2015.

“A parallel contest is also established for area high school students,” says Herron. “Two winners from that contest will be awarded cash prizes and will participate in the awards ceremony at ECU.”

“A Shakespearean sonnet has 14 lines with an abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheme, and is in iambic pentameter,” says Dr. Corinee Guy, teaching assistant professor, in the department of English. She continues, “the poems may be about any subject.”

The winners will be notified by April 1st with an awards program scheduled on April 23. Two street performances by ECU’s Storybrook Theatre are scheduled on April 23 at 2:15pm in front of Wright Auditorium and 2:45pm in front of Joyner Library.

The awards program will begin at 3:00pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, on the second floor of Joyner Library, and includes a presentation “The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets” by Dr. David Wilson-Okamura, professor of English. Awards with student readings and refreshments will follow.

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus performed by ECU School of Theatre and Dance runs April 23-28, 2015. Visit www.ECUARTS for details.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

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“African-American Life in Eastern NC” Reception on 2/27/15

ECU’s Joyner Library hosts reception to mark “African-American Life in Eastern North Carolina” exhibit

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 19, 2015) J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University invites the campus and community to a reception on Feb. 27 honoring the exhibit and contributing artists for “African-American Life in Eastern North Carolina.”

The exhibit celebrates the region’s art, music, and history with oils, pastels, and digital photography from local artists and Joyner Library’s Digital Collections. The Feb. 27 event will feature performances by African-American Music Trail Musicians Bill Myers and Dick Knight (Two of a Kind).

“We are excited about this opportunity to showcase the talent of local artists and musicians, along with our own unique collections, through this collaboration,” said Janice S. Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library.

The community celebration and reception will be held 5-7 p.m. is scheduled from 5pm-7pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery located on the second floor of Joyner Library. The event is free and open to the public with free parking provided.

“Joyner Library was awarded a $1,750 grant from the N.C. Arts Council’s Grassroots Art Project to support the planning and implementation of the project,” said Heather White, director of library project development. The project is co-sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library.

“African-American Life in Eastern North Carolina” discovers the art, culture, and living traditions of our African American community with works from David Brown, Dion Burroughs, Bryce Chapman, Shenavery Cherry, Suliman EL-Amin, Lessette Kornegay, Valerie Montgomery, Pearless Speller, and Richard Wilson, Jr.

The exhibit will remain on display through March 20.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

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Check Out a Human Book on 2/25/15

Please save the date of February 25, 2015 for the Second Annual Human Library event, sponsored by Friends of Joyner Library and the Joyner Library Diversity Committee. The event will take place in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery from 2-4 PM and 5-7 PM.  

The event will open dialog on campus concerning the inclusion of people of all beliefs, walks of life, abilities, and backgrounds.

Attendees will be able to check out human beings for a 10-15 minute conversation.  Each of these “human books” were selected because he or she has an interesting life story to share.  Topics include HIV, Native American, Dyslexia, LGBT, MS, PTSD among others.

For more information, contact Katy Webb at kavanaghk@ecu.edu or 328-0734.

NC Lecture Series on 2/25/15

Join us on February 25, 2015 for the North Carolina Lecture Series featuring Dr. Christine Avenarius, associate professor of Anthropology.  The presentation “What Sea-level Rise?  An Ethnographic Account of Dare, Tyrrell, and Hyde County Residents’ Observations About Environmental Change” is scheduled for 3:00-4:30pm in the Special Collections Reading Room located on the 4th floor of Joyner Library.

RSVP to wainwrightd@ecu.edu

Extension: Research Papers for Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize due 2/13/15

Submissions for the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize are due February 13, 2015.

Established by Mrs. Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann, the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize annually recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors and seniors at East Carolina University. Cash prizes in the amount of $750, $500 and $250 will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. 

Submissions must adhere to the following rules:  Papers can be in any field of study, but must be based largely on primary sources held by the J.Y. Joyner Library’s Special Collections, which is made up of the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, University Archives, and North Carolina Collection.

Submissions can come from any course or project produced when the entrant was enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior at East Carolina University.

Each paper should be not less than 10 pages/2,500 words in length submitted works will be judged on the basis of (a) originality of the topic or thesis; (b) quality of research; (c) quality of style, including documentation; and (d) overall excellence. There is no upper limit for submissions.

Papers written during the spring or fall semester of 2014 are eligible. Papers must be submitted electronically by February 13, 2015. The author should include contact information (permanent address, e-mail address, and telephone number). Microsoft Word or PDF files are acceptable for submission.

Winners will be notified early in the spring semester of 2015.

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Matt Reynolds, Public Services and Instruction Librarian for Special Collections, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. For more information, call 328-5675 or send an e-mail message to reynoldsm@ecu.edu

Ready to Write? ECU Author Panel Discussion

Ready to Write?  ECU Author Panel Discussion

January 27, 2015   •   Noon – 1:30pm   •   Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, 2nd floor

Panel will address issues in writing such as:  choosing a publisher, negotiating publication contracts, getting permissions, and managing writing time.

Speakers:  Dr. Martha Alligood, College of Nursing, Dr. Eric Bailey, Dept of Anthropology, Dr. Leigh Cellucci, Health Services & Information Mgmt, and Dr. Kirk St. Amant, Dept of English.

Register here:   http://goo.gl/forms/kL9edz0Zjx   For more information, contact Joseph Thomas at thomasw@ecu.edu or 252.737.2728.

Winter Clothing Drive

The Joyner Library Green Committee will be collecting gently used winter clothing and accessories now through January 31, 2015. Donations will be distributed through the REAL Crisis Intervention Center.  Please place all donations in the collection box located at the Special Collections single service point on the 3rd floor.  Thanks for your support.

Cell Phone Drive for Soldiers

The Joyner Library Green Committee will be sponsoring a collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers through January 31, 2015.  Donations of newer or gently-used mobile phones from all service providers are accepted.  Please place all donations in the box located at the Security Desk near the entrance on the first floor.

 

 

New Exhibit in North Carolina Collection

“How They Lived: The Material Culture of Eastern North Carolina, 1780 – 1882″ is on display in the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection, Department of Special Collections, 3rd Floor, J. Y. Joyner Library through April 13, 2015.

“How they Lived…” looks at the material culture of eastern North Carolina – namely the architecture, furniture, silver goods, trade ceramics, and agricultural and gardening material – produced in the region between 1780 and 1882, as well as the 20th century study of this material that has aided in the production of restorations and publications that continue to inform scholarly work as well as the interpretation of this material to the public. 

The section on architecture details both vernacular and high style design features of the region, highlighting some specific homes as examples of the period’s frequent use of Georgian and Federal style design elements. This is complimented with a look at the evolution in the study of regional architecture via rare publications spanning the 20th century. 

Agriculture and gardening is examined through a collection of 19th century publications representative of those typically owned and used by farmers and planters in the region selected from among the North Carolina Collection’s rare books. A brief look at domestic gardening and the maps of eastern North Carolina towns made by Claude Joseph Sauthier between 1768-1770 focuses on the importance of these maps to 20th century archaeologists and architectural historians, particularly for their representation of domestic garden plans.

A group of silversmiths that worked in the region during this period are featured in the exhibit’s section on silver, which presents profiles on a selection of silversmiths as well as images of their work. Also included in the display is an example of a 19th century silver teaspoon made in the region, as well as a copy of one of the only published studies of silver produced in eastern NC.

Several publications on furniture of the region are displayed – all rather recent due to the relative recent (late 20th century) emergence in scholarly publications on the subject. An early 19th century turned side chair from the Southampton county, VA/Martin County, NC area is displayed along with a period cast iron griddle, and a reproduction 19th century floorcloth.

A reproduction creamware chestnut basket is displayed as an example of the kind of trade ceramics that were popular in eastern North Carolina during this time. Also included is a discussion of the region’s somewhat unique collection of custom ordered, british-made liverpool-type transferware pieces.

The exhibit was curated by Fred Harrison and Emily Powell and is open now in the North Carolina Collection.

Christmas Truce Exhibit

New Exhibit “Christmas Truce – December 1914”

“Christmas Truce – December 1914” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the informal Christmas Truce, a series of widespread unofficial cease-fires that took place along the Western Front in Europe during World War I. Gradually groups of soldiers emerged from the trenches and exchange greetings and sang songs. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day many soldiers from both sides mingled together, talked, exchanged food and gifts, and played football.

View the exhibit in the 1st floor lobby through January 31, 2015.