Monday, November 16, 2009

Hear ECU English Prof Make Beautiful Music with This Guy

The Oklahoma Community Orchestra (with whom ECU's own Dr. Kevin Davis plays) and guest violinist Kyle Dillingham (that's Mr. Dillingham on the left) will be premiering a new work by Edmond composer Callen Clarke at their concert on Tuesday, November 17th.

The work commemorates the 500th anniversary of the launching of the war ship Mary Rose; representatives and artifacts from the ship’s historic trust will be in attendance, as will several dignitaries including former Governor George Nigh, who will be hosting the event.

Tickets are only $10. For more information, click here.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Poetry from our Russian Friends

Thanks for the recommendation, Dr. Sukholutskaya (and Dr. Hada)!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Avoid Mind Fester!

For those of you who are worried about letting your mind fester over the Winter Break, or who simply want to learn more about the comic book form (and its relationship to literature, art, theory, semiotics, etc.), it's not too late to sign up for Humanities 4983: Comic Books as Literature. The schedule and books are listed below so you can better imagine yourself taking the course. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Josh Grasso. And thank you for those who have already signed up--he looks forward to seeing you in a month! Also, the flyer is attached to remind you of the dates and the questions that will be explored in class.

W 16 Introduction to Graphic Novels
T 17 Spiegelman,Maus I

M 21 Spiegelman, Maus II
T 22 Satrapi, Persepolis I
W 23 Film: Persepolis I

M 28 Gaiman, Coraline
T 29 Moore, Watchmen
W 30 Moore, Watchmen R 31 Oral Presentations

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

See The Mission

The World Religion and Thought class will be viewing The Mission, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, Tuesday, November 10, 8-10 pm. in the ESTEP Center in University Center. This is required viewing for the class, but others interested in viewing this excellent film are welcome to attend with us.

In addition to the incredible cinematography, the historically-based story demonstrates the intersection of Jesuits and indigenous religion in the Amazon jungle in the 17th century. Many themes relevant to the study of religion, culture and politics, (both from historical and contemporary viewpoints) are powerfully on display in this film.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Taylor Mali!

The Oklahoma Literary Arts Festival presents Taylor Mali
November 5, 2009
in the Dorothy Summers Theatre
This performance is free & open to the public.

Mali is generally considered to be the most successful poetry slam strategist of all time, having won the National Poetry Slam a record four times. He was also one of the original poets on HBO's Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry. And since June of 2000, when he said goodbye to his last sixth grade homeroom class, Mali has made a living as a poet, traveling the country and the world, reciting, reading, teaching and lecturing about poetry.

For more on Mali, go to
For more on OLAF and the Scissortail Arts Series, go to

Monday, November 2, 2009

Enter the Gen Hum / Comp II Matrix

Need a ENG 1213 and a G-1 Humanities elective? Consider taking Dr. McMahon's ENG 1213/HUM 2413 combination course. Students must co-enroll in the courses for a total of 6 hrs and completion of 2 general education requirements.

Though some of you may be reluctant to enroll because of the co-enrollment requirement, Dr. McMahon says you "need not fear. The HUM 2613 class introduces students to major figures and issues in philosophy through the medium of film. Films that we will consider include (but are not limited to): The Matrix, Total Recall, The Butterfly Effect, Minority Report, Gone Baby Gone, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. We will consider how these films explore philosophic topics such as personal identity, moral obligation, intellectual certainty, and the nature of reality. In the ENG 1213 class that is linked to HUM 2613, students will develop their skills in writing, critical analysis of literary and visual sources, and library research. They will be required to complete several critical (argumentative) essays focused upon works and themes addressed in the HUM 2613 class. Their essays will be expected to utilize both primary and secondary source materials.

Waitenale Glasses!

Hugh Tribbey's new chapbook Waitinale Glasses is now available from chalk editions.

Click here for details.

"There’s not a normal poem in the whole collection," says the author.