Free Exhibit at TNCC Libraries Explores Early Jamestown Settlement

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“Jamestown and Beyond: The World of 1607,” an exhibition on display at libraries on Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Hampton and Historic Triangle campuses, examines how the new colony in Virginia fit into the cultural, historical, and geographical context of the day — and how the story of Jamestown continues to inspire American artists.

On display through Tuesday, November 27, the free exhibit is open to the public and features 12 reproductions of images from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ (VMFA) collection.

Isidoro Kessel, a TNCC Associate Professor and Foreign Language Department Head, arranged the exhibit borrowed from VMFA while coordinating the Foreign Language Association of Virginia and Virginia’s Community Colleges Foreign Language Peer Group conference recently held in Williamsburg.

Bringing the exhibit to TNCC was a logical choice after it garnered positive responses from foreign language educators across the Commonwealth who attended the conference. “I wanted our community to have the opportunity to see these treasures that enrich our knowledge of our own history. I feel that everyone benefits. Our students, our faculty, [and] the community at large benefit from seeing beautiful art and learning about our community,” said Kessel.

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New TNCC History Courses Explore Colonial Virginia and Native American Culture

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History enthusiasts with a penchant for studying pre-Revolutionary War Virginia and Native American history will enjoy two new courses being offered at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in fall the semester.

Life in Colonial Virginia (HIS 155) is open to anyone with a general interest in colonial Virginia and explores the politics, economics, customs and culture of that era and examines the slave plantation system. Taught by TNCC Adjunct History Professor Cassandra Farrell, the three-credit class meets Tuesdays from 7 – 9:45 p.m. at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg. “This course adds depth to [Thomas Nelson’s] current curriculum on United States History. It is a thematic and topical survey of life in colonial Virginia from the earliest inhabitants and European settlements to the end of the Revolutionary era,” said Farrell.

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TNCC History Professor to be Among History Educators at National Seminar

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Thomas Nelson Community College History Professor Ronald A. Goldberg, Ph.D., has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops for community college faculty. He was chosen from a pool of national applicants to attend one of six summer 2010 study opportunities.

From July 11-17, Goldberg will take part in a workshop entitled, “Plymouth, Massachusetts: Landmark of Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians.” The program will examine the Pilgrim colony in the early 1600s.

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Free Public Forum at TNCC Examines Human Existence Past, Present and Future

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) joins the Lutheran Council of Tidewater to present a free public forum on TNCC’s Hampton campus titled, “Convergence: What Does it Mean to be Human? … From Apes and Early Humans to Trans-human Cyborgs.” The panel discussion takes place Tuesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium located in Templin Hall.

Dr. Charles Smith, who teaches Biology and Religious Studies at TNCC, will serve as moderator for guest panelists Dr. Barbara King of the College of William and Mary and Dr. Philip Hefner, professor emeritus of systematic theology for the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Illinois. The two educators will present their views on human nature, its relationship with the apes and human ancestors, and they will look ahead to the future of human technology and spirituality. After each speaker’s 30-minute presentation, both will take questions and comments from the audience.

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TNCC’s Observes Women’s History Month Beginning March 10

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Throughout March, TNCC will participate in a statewide celebration called, “Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts” in observance of Women’s History Month. The first celebration of its kind in Virginia, “Minds Wide Open” will focus on the artistic and cultural contributions of women. Thousands of performances and displays are expected statewide during the celebration, according to the website http://vamindswideopen.org/.

At TNCC, the Cultural Affairs Committee will sponsor a series of performances and lectures scheduled as follows:

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TNCC Professor to Be Among National History Educators at NEH Seminar

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A Thomas Nelson Community College History professor has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops for community college faculty.

Ronald A. Goldberg, Ph.D., was chosen from a pool of national applicants to attend one of six summer 2009 study opportunities. “I feel honored and grateful that I was selected by the NEH. Last year, I was involved in the Henry Ford seminar sponsored by the NEH, and it was fabulous,” said Goldberg.

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