TNCC Professor Leads Presentation on Slavery and the Constitution

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Assistant Professor of English Hollis Pruitt will present “Among Jefferson’s Heirs,” a lecture about the differing constitutional interpretation of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Free and open to the public, the one-hour presentation begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in the Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus. Pruitt will also present the program at TNCC’s Historic Triangle campus library Thursday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m.

Pruitt joined the TNCC faculty in 2001 and currently teaches Introduction to African American Studies, Creative Writing II and Survey of American Literature I and II. He also serves as Coordinator of TNCC’s Creative Writing and American Literature classes. The Mississippi native holds a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Arkansas and a graduate degree in Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at William & Mary.

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Today’s Lecture Connected to Lincoln Exhibit at TNCC Cancelled, Other Presentations Ahead

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A special lecture by Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Assistant Professor of English Hollis Pruitt scheduled today at 2 p.m. on the Hampton campus as part of a traveling exhibit titled “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” has been cancelled. The professor’s lecture is among a series of free presentations and programs TNCC is hosting in conjunction with the exhibit which lasts through May in Wythe Hall Gallery.


TNCC Displays Traveling Exhibit of Abraham Lincoln’s Struggle to Meet the Constitutional Challenges of the Civil War

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“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition opening at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on Thursday, March 22 in Wythe Hall on the Hampton campus, examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War, the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit is free and open to the public and encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with Lincoln’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. TNCC will complement the exhibit with several special programs.

Thomas Nelson will celebrate the exhibit opening with three programs featuring Lincoln interpreter Dennis Boggs at 10:00 a.m., noon and 2:00 p.m. on March 22 in Wythe Hall. Boggs performs nationally for all age groups and has presented his program in conjunction with this exhibit in other locations across the country.

On Monday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m., Christopher Phillips, Williamsburg author of “Constitution Café,” will challenge the audience to think about Lincoln’s Constitutional interpretations in “Constitution Café – An Anecdote for Today’s Uncivil Wars?” The town hall meeting style discussion will be held in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall on the Hampton campus.