Fraser named chair, Foreign Languages and Literatures

Benjamin Fraser was named chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in ECU’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Science. Fraser assumed the role July 1, replacing John Stevens, who served the department as interim chair since January 2011.

Fraser

Fraser

Fraser said he felt fortunate to step into his new role for a department that “boasts a talented faculty who are excelling in all three areas of productivity: teaching, research and service. It is really incredible.”  He said one of his top priorities is to invest further in the existing strength of the department.

“One of the things I’m most enthusiastic about is the opportunity to be part of a large department with so many different language and culture areas,” he said.

“With Classics (including both Latin and Greek), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, we enjoy a very stimulating intellectual environment; a strong global sense of culture that you just don’t find in departments shaped around individual language and culture groups.”

Formerly with the Department of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston, Fraser earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Hispanic literature from the University of Arizona. He holds a B.A. in anthropology and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Fraser is the founding/executive editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, senior editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, associate editor of Hispania and co-editor of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series.

For additional information, contact Fraser at 252-328-0104 or fraserb14@ecu.edu.

— Lacey Gray, Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

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Frédéric Fladenmuller awarded Palmes Académiques

fladenmullerprofileEast Carolina University Foreign Languages and Literatures professor Dr. Frédéric Fladenmuller was named a Knight (Chevalier) in the French Academic Palms.

The honor recognizes service to French education and contributions to French culture.
Individuals selected represent distinguished academics and prominent persons in culture and education, including French citizens living abroard who further French intellectual, scientific and artistic achievements in the world at large.

For additional information about the award, visit http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/foreign/blog/2014/05/30/frederic-fladenmuller-awarded-palmes-academiques/.

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Film director to screen coastal development film at ECU

Ben Kalina

Ben Kalina

Film director Ben Kalina will discuss his documentary on coastal development at a film screening of “Shored Up,” at 7 p.m. April 22 in Wright Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“Shored Up” explores the controversial ongoing development of coastal regions in North Carolina and New Jersey despite coastal storms with the power to devastate those communities.

Corbett

Corbett

“When Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, it was a wake up call to a new reality,” said Dr. D. Reide Corbett, ECU professor of geological sciences and senior scientist with the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy. “‘Shored Up’ takes us to the heart of this coastal controversy, following communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and science collide.”

The documentary was filmed over the course of three years in Long Beach Island, N.J. and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Coverage culminated with Hurricane Sandy. The film explores political conflicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore. Information is gathered from scientists, politicians, residents and others to expose major hurdles in coastal management and argue for an immediate change.Shored Up Film Poster

Film director Kalina wrote in his film’s synopsis, “‘Shored Up’ is a look at what happens when we ignore the realities of geology in our drive to inhabit and profit from our coastlines. As the oceans rise and storms flood our towns and cities, we have a choice to make: do we continue to develop as we have in the past, ignoring clear risks and danger? Or, do we allow science to guide our policies for the future…before it’s too late?”

In addition to “Shored Up,” Kalina has produced two award-winning documentaries, “Two Square Miles” and “A Sea Change,” both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. He has won several international awards for his short narrative film, “Diorama.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Departments of Biology, Geography, Planning and Environment and Geological Sciences; the ECU Chapter of The Coastal Society; ECU’s Center for Sustainability; the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies; and the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy.

For additional information, contact Corbett at 252-328-1367 or corbettd@ecu.edu.

Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.

 — Lacey Gray

 

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ECU professor selected for summer institute

Matthew Whited

Matthew Whited

Dr. Matthew Whited, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, has been selected to attend a summer institute to receive advanced training in designing and conducting randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions.

The Summer Institute is sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The 10-day training course will take place at the Arlie Conference Center in Northern Virginia.

Whited will receive training from more than 10 faculty members with expertise in fields such as behavioral medicine, psychosomatic medicine, cardiovascular diseases and mental health. The training is pertinent to Whited’s current NHLBI-funded research involving the treatment of depression and risk for cardiovascular disease.

Whited said he was excited about representing ECu at the event. “I hope to bring back what I’ve learned to ECU to not only improve my own research but to spread this knowledge to our graduate students in the Health Psychology PhD program,” he said.

— Lacey Gray, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

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Columbia University scholar to discuss Shakespeare in America

Columbia University scholar Dr. James S. Shapiro will present “Shakespeare in America” at 7 p.m. March 27 in Wright Auditorium at ECU. A question and answer session will follow.

Shapiro

Shapiro

Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is also the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York City. He  joined the faculty at Columbia University in 1985, teaching and publishing widely on Shakespeare and Elizabethan culture. Shapiro also has served as a Fulbright Lecturer at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities and as the Wanamaker Fellow at the Globe Theatre in London.

He is the author of five books, co-edited the “Columbia Anthology of British Poetry and served as the associate editor of the “Columbia History of British Poetry.” In 2012, Shapiro co-authored and presented a 3-hour BBC documentary, “The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History.” He is working on a new book, “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606,” as well as a Library of America volume titled, “Shakespeare in America.”

Shapiro has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and the Huntington Library. He is a governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library, sits on the board of directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 2011 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The free presentation is part of a series of events celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. It is the final lecture in the 2013-14 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences’ Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

The event is co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of English and the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets for Shapiro’s lecture are available by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

For additional information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/voyages.

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