TNCC Libraries Offering Free Tickets to Oct. 27 Book Signing by Bestselling Author Catherine Coulter

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) libraries at the Hampton and Historic Triangle campuses are among locations providing free tickets to an October 27 book signing by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Sponsored by the Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium (VPLC) of which TNCC is a member, the event takes place at 7 p.m. at Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts.

The free tickets will be available at VPLC-member libraries including the public libraries of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County and the academic libraries of Christopher Newport University and Hampton University.

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Best-selling Author Comes to TNCC Oct. 15

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Virginia native and best-selling author David Baldacci comes to the College’s Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium Thursday, October 15 for a 7:00 p.m. presentation called “Life Between the Pages.” Baldacci will share humorous tales of his experiences in researching and writing novels.

Sponsored by the Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium (VPLC), the presentation/book-signing on TNCC’s Hampton campus is free to the public, but tickets are required. Free tickets for the event are now available at the public libraries of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County and the academic libraries of Christopher Newport University, Hampton University and Thomas Nelson Community College. All participating libraries are VPLC members.

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TNCC Faculty David Coffey Releases Law Enforcement for the Twenty-First Century

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Thomas Nelson Community College Criminal Justice faculty, David Coffey has released the second edition of Law Enforcement for the Twenty-First Century, a book he co-authored with University of Illinois Criminal Justice faculty, Tom Dempsey. Coffey is also Program Head for the Administration of Justice and Legal programs at Thomas Nelson Community College.

Law Enforcement for the Twenty-First Century identifies and thoroughly examines the entry-level training topics that are of utmost importance in the career of a law enforcement officer. The book is the result of research conducted by Coffey and Dempsey in 40 states during which they identified the similarities of entry level law enforcement education and training. This edition of the book includes current case law and changes that have occurred legally in a post 9-11 environment.

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TNCC Professor Publishes Book, “AIDS & American Apocalypticism”

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Dr. Thomas L. Long, Professor of English at Thomas Nelson Community College has published a book AIDS and American Apocalypticism: The Cultural Semiotics of an Epidemic. Published by the State University of New York Press, the book looks at how both anti-gay and AIDS activists, including artists, writers, scientists, and journalists have used apocalyptic language to describe HIV/AIDS, to mobilize attention to the medical crisis, to prevent the spread of the disease, and to treat the HIV infected. The product of a decade of research and using the analytical tools of literary analysis, cultural studies, performance theory, and social semiotics, AIDS and American Apocalypticism examines many kinds of discourse, including fiction, drama, performance art, demonstration graphics and brochures, biomedical publications, and journalism and shows that, while initially useful, the effects of apocalyptic rhetoric in the long term are dangerous. Among the important figures in AIDS activism and the arts discussed are David Drake, Tim Miller, Larry Kramer, Sarah Schulman, and Tony Kushner, as well as the organizations ACT UP and Lesbian Avengers.

Dr. Tom Long is available for interviews, book signings, and readings. Copies of the book are for sale directly from the State University of New York Press web site or national book stores and their Web sites.

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