Folger Shakespeare Library exhibit features ECU connections

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A replica of an Irish mantle, or cloak, created by East Carolina University School of Art and Design students in Robin Haller’s textile and design course is part of the exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Photo courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

By Alexa DeCarr, ECU News Services

An exhibit on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is showcasing the achievements of Dr. Thomas Herron, an associate professor of English at East Carolina University, students in ECU’s School of Art and Design and the University Multimedia Center.

The exhibit, which opened in January and runs through May 19, is named “Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland” and focuses on the Irish upper class during the 16th to mid-17th century and its cultural exchanges with England. It investigates the political struggles of the period while acknowledging the ways in which English and Irish cultures influenced each other through achievements in literature, architecture and the arts.

“It goes beyond the black and white view of the interactions between the English and the Irish,” Herron said of the exhibit.

Students in ECU assistant professor Robin Haller’s textile and design course recreated a replica of an Irish mantle, which Herron said is a type of outer covering or cloak worn by the Irish. The University Multimedia Center also contributed to the exhibit by creating a 3-D computerized recreation of a tower house castle from the Middle Ages that allows viewers to get a virtual tour.

Herron said that a 16th century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I “discovered” in Manteo while hanging in plain sight during a conference organized by the ECU English Department is on display at the exhibit as well.

“ECU has been so generous and has played a major role in the exhibit,” Herron said. “Different departments within the university have gone out of their way to help with the exhibit.”

While the exhibit focuses on Europe during the Renaissance, Herron said modern Americans can still appreciate it.

“Shakespeare is a powerful influence on the U.S. and our culture,” he said. “And many Americans have Irish roots.”

The exhibit, “Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland,” features portraits, manuscripts, artifacts, family records, and rare books drawn from collections in Ireland and the United States. The exhibition includes nearly 100 items from the Folger collection, as well as materials from the National Gallery of Ireland, the University of Wisconsin, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Ireland, and private collections.

Brendan Kane, a historian of modern Ireland and an associate professor at the University of Connecticut, was the co-curator of the exhibit.

For more information on the exhibit, visit www.folger.edu/Ireland or contact Tom Herron at herront@ecu.edu.

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ECU social work professor to present ‘Boundary Dilemmas’

East Carolina University professor Margaret Arnd-Caddigan in the School of Social Work will present “Boundary Dilemmas” from noon to 2 p.m. March 13 in the ECU Heart Institute as part of the School of Social Work lecture series.cardiggan

Arnd-Caddigan is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with survivors of abuse for more than 10 years. She will discuss ethical dilemmas facing social workers, human services professionals, counselors and psychotherapists.

Continuing Education Units are available.

For additional information and to register, visit http://cpeprograms.ecu.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=SW1303.

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Sociological Association honors long-time ECU professor

East Carolina University professor Dr. Kenneth R. Wilson was honored Feb. 22 with the 2013 North Carolina Sociological Association’s Award for Contributions to Sociology

Wilson is professor of sociology and co-director of the sociology department’s community research lab. He joined ECU in 1974.

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Dr. Kenneth Wilson

North Carolina Central University professor emeritus George Conklin presented the award at the organization’s annual conference. Conklin said, “Dr. Wilson’s expertise in applied sociology has been nationally significant, with an emphasis on improving the quality of human life.” Conklin serves as editor of the NCSA journal, Sociation Today.

“I am proud to receive this award from an organization that has focused attention on ways to combine scholarship and teaching to serve the needs of our students and our communities,” said Wilson.

Dr. Marieke Van Willigen, interim chair of ECU’s sociology department said she was happy to see Wilson honored. He has “facilitated the collection, analysis and reporting of data on issues ranging from differential impacts of hurricanes to factors affecting the quality of life of breast cancer survivors, to how researchers deal with ethical dilemmas in their research. He is truly an applied sociologist in the best sense of the term,” she said.

Wilson joined ECU after completing his doctoral degree from Purdue University. During his 39-year career at ECU, Wilson has focused upon specific issues in which applied sociology may contribute, including procedures for basic research, emergency responses during natural disasters and health care and technology access disparities. He has received $1 million in funds to address these social issues through applied sociology, and he has published more than 32 articles and a half-dozen book chapters within his field of research.

“I enjoy doing research that makes a difference,” said Wilson. “I am particularly proud of my research on the Digital Divide in North Carolina, which…helped the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center and the NC Department of Commerce document the need to extend broadband to rural regions. I really enjoy working with a team that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in North Carolina.”

Wilson is past president of the North Carolina Sociological Association and past president of the UNC Faculty Assembly. He is the founding director of the Sociology Community Survey Lab in ECU’s Department of Sociology.

He also has been involved with the American Sociology Association, American Association of Public Opinion Research, American Statistical Association, Southern Sociological Society, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and Alpha Kappa Delta.

For additional information, contact Wilson at 252-328-4897 or wilsonk@ecu.edu.

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Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the ECU College of Business have reported the following recent publications:

Articles by Haozhe Chen, Marketing and Supply Chain Management:

  • “Logistics Service Orientation: An Integrated Strategy to Build Logistics Service Competency” in the Journal of Transportation Management
  • “Organizational Structure and Logistics Service Innovation,” in the International Journal of Logistics Management
  • “Manufacturer-Supplier Guanxi Strategy: An Examination of Contingent Environmental Factors,” in Industrial Marketing Management

By Chen with John Kros,

  • “Technology Emergency between Mandate and Acceptance” An Exploratory Examination of RFID,” in the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
  • “The Adoption and Utilization of Online Auctions by Supply Chain Managers,” in Transportation Research Part E

By Chen with William Swart,

  • “Human Performance in Supply Chain Management,” in the Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal.

By Management faculty Joseph Tomkiewicz with Kenneth Bass and Joanna Robinson, “Students’ Propensity Toward Business Ownership” in the College Student Journal.

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Business faculty report publications

Faculty from the College of Business have reported the following publications:

An article by accounting professor Denise E. Dickens, “Knowledge transfer among experts: lessons from audit partner rotation” appeared in the International Journal of Corporate Governance.

An article by management faculty Shanan Gibson, Bill McDowell and Michael Harris, “Examining Minority Business Enterprises as Government Contractors” appeared in the Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship.

An article by marketing and supply chain management professor Tracy Tuten, “Social media picture posting and souvenir purchasing behavior: Some initial findings,” appeared in Tourism Management.

 

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