CWIS Collection Cold War Lecture Featuring Dr. Gregory Taylor

“Cold War Pawn:  One Man’s Ideological Journey through a Divided World”
October 8, 2014   •   5:00pm – 7:00pm
Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery   •    Joyner Library, 2nd floor

This talk focuses on the life of North Carolina native Paul Crouch.  During his seventeen years as a member of the Communist Party of the USA, Crouch studied in the Soviet Union, placed Communists in the US military, tried to infiltrate the federal government, organized strikes and radical labor groups, and published countless screeds against capitalism. In 1949 he quit the party and spent the next five years testifying about the dangers of Communism in court cases, Congressional hearings, and public forums. He died in 1955, fearing the Red Menace to the bitter end.  This talk thus will conclude with an exploration of the manner in which political ideologues, like Crouch, often found themselves used, abused, and discarded by more sophisticated political operators, like Joseph Stalin or Joe McCarthy.

About the speaker:  Dr. Gregory Taylor is Associate Professor of History at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC. He is the author of The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch: Communist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch (University Press of Florida, 2014) and of The History of the North Carolina Communist Party (University of South Carolina Press, 2009).

For more information, contact David Durant at durantd@ecu.edu or 252.737.2258.

Tom Eamon Book Lecture 10/22/14

 

Tom Eamon Book Lecture
October 22, 2014
3:00pm  •  Special Collections Reading Room
Joyner Library, 4th floor

The Special Collections Division of J.Y. Joyner Library and the North Carolina Studies Program of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences are pleased to host a book talk by Tom Eamon regarding his recent book:  The Making of a Southern Democracy : North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory.

Professor Eamon has taught political science at East Carolina University for over forty years. His teaching and research interests include American political parties, southern politics, and minority participation in the political process. The session will be held on October 22, at 3:00 p.m. in the Fourth Floor, Special Collections Reading Room of Joyner Library.

Light refreshments will be served. Students, faculty and the general public are welcome to attend.

Banned Books Reading Event 9/25/14

GREENVILLE, N.C. (September 16, 2014) —East Carolina University’s Joyner Library will partner with the Department of English to mark Banned Books Week on Thursday, September 25 with a Read Out and program.

Banned Books Week is an annual event held the last week in September that celebrates our freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.

The Read Out will begin at 4:30pm in the Sonic Plaza outside of the library.  ECU students and faculty are invited to read excerpts from banned or challenged books.  Readers are invited to bring their own books and organizers will have books available for attendees.  A program about book burning and banning will follow at 5:30pm in Joyner Library room 2409.

“Joyner Library is proud to be the host and co-sponsor of ECU’s Banned Books Reading Event, says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services.” “Co-sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider threatening or unorthodox. Many of my favorite books are on the ALA’s list of banned and challenged books, making it hard to choose just one to read from on September 25. Come to the Reading Event – you may be surprised by what you hear,” says Lewis.

Banned Books Week is also sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

“Sigma Tau Delta, the English Club, and the English Department feel honored to help host the discussion of banned books at the 5:30 program,” says Dr. Corinee Guy, professor of English.  Guy continues, “We hope the audience will participate during the program, and afterwards continue to question our rights and responsibilities in a free society.  Come to Joyner 2409, and let your voice be heard!”

Organizer of the Read Out, Margaret Earley-Thiele says, “We are excited to hold a Read Out, one of several awareness and learning events scheduled during the week, which will kick off on Monday, September 22 with a Life Long Learning class entitled, “You Read Banned Books? How Scandalous!”

This free program is open to the ECU community and the general public.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or wainwrightd@ecu.edu.

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7th Annual Graduate Student Art & Design Exhibition 9/23/14

The reception and awards ceremony for the 7th Annual Joyner Library Graduate Art & Design Exhibition is scheduled for September 23, 2014.  Reception begins at 4:30pm and program at 4:45pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the 2nd floor.  The Graduate Student Art & Design Exhibition showcases various mediums including textiles, jewelry, photography, sculpture, and metal works by ECU graduate students.

The opening reception honors award winners, including the Joyner Library Purchase Award sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library.  The event is open to ECU community and general public.

FotoTastic Exhibit Closing Reception

Reception:  September 4, 2014 at 5:00pm. “FotoTastic 2014,” created by School of Art and Design photography students, is a brief introduction to contrasting approaches to making contemporary fine art images, while maintaining a strong sense of formal and conceptual issues.

2014 W. Keats Sparrow Writing Awards

Join us for the W. Keats Sparrow Writing Awards on August 27, 2014 from 5:00-6:00pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor.  Sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library, this award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in ECU’s English 1100 & 1200 classes.

The award is named in honor of the late Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, Professor Emeritus of English and former Dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

RSVP to wainwrightd@ecu.edu

Work Study Job Fair at Joyner Library

Joyner Library Work Study Job Fair will be held on August 28, 2014 at 2:00pm.  Join us to learn about student employment opportunities.  All students are welcome to join the fair.  The fair will be held from 2:00-4:00pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor.

Author Reception and Book Signing: Alan R. Bailey

Joyner Library is hosting an Author Reception and Book Signing for Alan R. Bailey on Friday, August 15, 2014.  Join us from 4:00-6:00pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor.

Copies of Bailey’s book “Building a Core Print Collection for Preschoolers” will be available for purchase.

RSVP to wainwrightd@ecu.edu by August 11.

Edible Book Festival Winners Announced

ECU’s Joyner Library hosts annual Edible Book Festival

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Mar. 31, 2014) – Joyner Library at East Carolina University hosted its third annual Edible Book Festival on Saturday, March 29.

“The Edible Book Festival is held annually internationally around the first of April,” says Eleanor Cook, festival director and assistant director for Discovery and Technology Services.  “Joyner Library has partnered with the ECU Youth Arts Festival for the past three years. The Edible Book celebrates books and culinary craftsmanship that draws upon the creativity of community members,” said Cook.

Juried categories included Most Edible, Least Edible, Wittiest, Best in Show/Youth and Adult.  This year’s judges were Greenville Banks, Jr and Cecilia Moore-Cobb from the Friends of Joyner Library Board of Directors.

The silent auction featured professional cakes donated by Aramark/ECU and Lowe’s Foods. “Proceeds of more than $100 from the silent auction and other voluntary donations received during the event benefit the Joyner Library Preservation & Conservation fund,” says Lisa Barricella, department head of Monographic Acquisitions & Preservation/Conservation.  “This fund helps to support the purchase of equipment and materials used in Joyner’s conservation labs where technicians conserve books, documents, manuscripts and photographs for long-term access,” said Barricella.

2014 winners:

  • Most Edible:  “Horton Hears a Who!” by Dr. Seuss.  Makayla Gilland (Youth entry)
  • Least Edible:  “Fish! Tales” by Stephen Lundin et al.  Gloria Bradshaw
  • Wittiest:  “Cold Mountain” (Dew) by Charles Frazier.  Stephanie Hedgepeth
  • Best in Show/Youth:  “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Walker Bixby
  • Best in Show/Adult:  “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss.  Wesley Dills

Winners each received a handcrafted notebook, winner’s ribbon, and a gift certificate.  Photos of entries may be viewed at https://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/techsrv/edibleabout.cfmhortonMost Edible winner Makayla Gilland

swissBest in Show/Adult winner Wesley Dills

For information on this project or Joyner Library, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or wainwrightd@ecu.edu

Joyner Library to cut ribbon on Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery

Joyner Library to cut ribbon on Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery

GREENVILLE, N.C. (3/07/2014) – Former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt Jr. will be among those in attendance Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. when a renovated gallery and study space in Joyner Library is dedicated to honor East Carolina University alumna Janice Hardison Faulkner.

The Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery is a dynamic space that will serve a variety of needs. The renovations define the formerly open space as a true exhibit area to showcase art created by ECU faculty and students. The 3,700-square-foot gallery area will accommodate up to 200 guests.

State of the art technology includes two 80-inch LCD panels for digital art, two projectors with 100-inch retractable screens and 16 ceiling speakers. Art will be displayed with an AS Hanging System, which uses cables and hooks to hang traditionally framed and non-traditional works.

In addition to Hunt, who appointed Faulkner to lead reforms in several state offices while he was governor, ceremony speakers will include ECU administrators Marilyn Sheerer, provost, and Austin Bunch; Janice S. Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library; and Michael Priddy.

The Joyner Library Advancement Council selected the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery as its flagship project in fall 2012. Chartered in 2010, the council provides advocacy, consultation and opportunity for involvement with library initiatives.

Council members, then chaired by Harry W. Stubbs IV and vice chair Michael D. Priddy, launched a campaign that raised in excess of $130,000. More than 125 donors rallied behind the cause.

“I don’t know what it is about my life experience that attracts people to celebration of it, but I sure am glad,” Faulkner said in an August 2012 interview about the project in The Daily Reflector.

“The opportunity to name the gallery in honor of Janice Hardison Faulkner was especially important to me,” said Priddy, former Pitt County School superintendent and current council chair. “I am thankful that many felt called to be a part of this endeavor. I am also pleased that we can not only honor Janice, but also recognize everyone who made this project come to life. Their names are immortalized, and they’ll warm Janice’s heart each time she sees or hears their names.”

Funding was also provided by ECU’s Division of Academic Affairs, Joyner Library and the Fred Timms Langford and Verona Lee Joyner Langford Endowment.

“It is a unique and inviting venue for lectures, programs, conferences and receptions. It is a space for experimentation with the new forms of displaying art using the technologies embedded in the gallery. It is a place where students can study, relax and learn. It is a tangible recognition of the life-long contributions Janice Hardison Faulkner has made to East Carolina University and the state of North Carolina,” said Lewis.

When not in use for planned events, the space will be furnished with comfortable seating for student study. The gallery includes a green room that doubles as a place for large group study and collaboration when not reserved for presentations.

In an interview with ECU News Services published in December 2012, Faulkner said of the project: “One of the first things we do when we’re separated from home as college students is to build a little nest, a place that is familiar and comfortable, and meets the requirements you’re looking for like a quiet place to study or a place to put your feet up while you read. So it (the gallery) has an ambiance that is missing from the strictly academic structures (on campus).”

At the entrance of the gallery, a tribute case honors Faulkner. The items on display represent important moments in her outstanding career. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from then East Carolina College. In 1998, Faulkner received an honorary doctorate from ECU.

Among her many accolades, Faulkner was recognized by ECU in 1993 with its Outstanding Alumni Award and in 2007 as one of ECU’s 100 Incredible Women by the ECU Women’s Roundtable. She received the Jarvis Medal in 2009, East Carolina’s highest honor, and in 2012 received the State of North Carolina Award, the highest civilian award given by the state.

“Janice Hardison Faulkner breathed life into the people of our state through her teaching, her leadership and especially her friendship. Being in her presence creates excitement, not quite knowing what wisdom or admonition she might offer at any moment,” said Priddy.

“This gallery is just like her, a place for the sharing of thought, insight and inspiration,” he added. “For me, that is a library: a place where those things permeate the souls of all who enter. Being able to recognize her life and contributions and breathing energy into a gathering space came together naturally for the council and her lifelong friends and supporters.”

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252-328-4090 or wainwrightd@ecu.edu.