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.

 For more information about “Among Jefferson’s Heirs,” please contact Craig Amos at amosc@tncc.edu .

TNCC Hosts Annual Halloween Poetry Reading

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Thomas Nelson Community College will host its annual Halloween Poetry Reading on Tuesday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Historic Triangle campus, 4601 Opportunity Way, Williamsburg. Presented by TNCC’s Creative Writing class and the Student Government Association, the event is open to TNCC students, faculty and staff as well as members of the community.

The free event will feature entertaining readings of original poetry and prose. Participants and attendees are encouraged to wear costumes for the event. This is the fifth year for the Halloween Poetry Reading at the Historic Triangle campus. “It began as a class activity for the creative writing students to participate in. However, from the beginning, the campus community and the public were always invited,” said Assistant Professor of English Diana Martin.

For more information and to sign-up, please call Martin at 253-4759.

TNCC Enhances its English Curriculum with Custom Composition Courses

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Satisfactory reading and writing skills are essential ingredients for success, but English classes can be a drag for some students. Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will spice up ENG 111: College Composition I with custom courses designed to coincide with the following areas of study: Science and Technology, Social Science, Business and Accounting, Liberal Arts, and Pre-Nursing.

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TNCC Faculty Selected to Participate in National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars

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Virginia Peninsula – Thomas Nelson Community College faculty members Dr. Victor Thompson, Professor of English and Dr. Ronald Goldberg, Professor of History have been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers. Thompson’s seminar, which will be held in July in Concord, Massachusetts will focus on the writers of the Transcendental movement before the Civil War. Goldberg’s seminar to be held in June in Dearborn, Michigan will study the role of Henry Ford and the rise of the auto industry.

Thompson, who has been teaching American Literature at Thomas Nelson Community College for more than 30 years will incorporate the American counter culture into his syllabus as he studies writers such as Margaret Fuller or the Peabody Sisters and their impact on social action throughout the world. Thompson also plans to develop a six-credit course – three in English and three in Humanities – to be offered to students in the Honors Program. Goldberg will also add to his Survey of American History syllabus the impact industrialist Henry Ford had with the invention of the assembly line for automobile manufacturing.

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Thomas Nelson Community College Educators Recognized by National Endowment of the Arts

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s Aileen Schweitzer, director of the Learning Resources Center, and Dr. Thomas Lawrence Long, professor of English were honored by Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), with a certificate of achievement for their “outstanding contribution to education” in recognition of their involvement last year in the joint Newport News Public Library and NEA community reading project, The Big Read which involved TNCC’s library and Book Circles among other community book groups to read Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. The two honorees have since joined the Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium, which promotes books and authors, having brought Amy Tan to the region last September. The Consortium plans to bring Walter Mosley in October.

Schweitzer is a resident of Newport News and Long is a resident of Norfolk.

For additional information, please contact the TNCC Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 825-2725.