TNCC Observes World AIDS Day with Activities to Raise Awareness

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will host a series of activities in observance of World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1. Hampton campus activities take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Griffin Hall and the observance is from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Commons on the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg. Activities are free and open to the public.

Coordinated by Self Protection Awareness of Newport News through TNCC’s Student Activities office, the day will include free HIV testing for the first 30 attendees provided the AIDS Fund, an informative slideshow presentation and door prizes. Red ribbons, risk reduction supplies and educational material will also be available.

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TNCC Presents Chicago Artist John Hisel

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Thomas Nelson Community College is sponsoring two presentations by Chicago artist John Hisel. In his presentations, Hisel will be giving a mini-retrospective of his work. Educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, Hisel started out as a photographer and currently works as a painter. Hisel’s life and work is all about art. Living in an artist’s co-op just south of downtown, Hisel co- founded Arts For Life, an organization dedicated to promoting the works of artists with AIDS and other terminal illnesses.

The first presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the TNCC Historic Triangle campus located at 161 B John Jefferson Square, Room 122, in Williamsburg. Hisel will be offering a second presentation on Thursday, September 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the TNCC Hampton campus, in Diggs Hall, Room 100.

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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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