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 .

Honor Society at TNCC Launches Lecture Series March 23

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The Phi Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will launch a lecture series beginning Tuesday, March 23 based on the topic, Do You Know? The series of three lectures featuring TNCC students and members of the community will be conducted on the Hampton campus. Free and open to the public, the lectures all begin at 6 p.m. in the Espada Room at Moore Hall.

The first in the series – Do You Know What Cancer Is? – will be presented by a representative from the American Cancer Society. The speaker will address questions about cancer prevention, detection and other related topics. The lecture will also include information about the upcoming Relay for Life events to raise money for cancer research.

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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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British Photographer to Lecture At TNCC Oct. 29

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Mariners’ Museum brings British photographer Andy Hughes to the Hampton campus this month for an informative lecture about his craft. Free and open to the public the presentation called “An Evening with Andy Hughes” comes to the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Thursday October 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Hughes’ work reflects a concern with the ocean, beach and environmental issues. See some of his breathtaking photographs in an exhibit called “Message in a Bottle/Dominant Wave Theory” now showing through January 2010 at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. The exhibit also features works by photographer Chris Jordan.

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Noted Science Educator, Author to Lecture at TNCC on Feb. 17

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Thomas Nelson Community College will be the site of a presentation by North Carolina State University Professor Rob R. Dunn, Ph.D., on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Titled “Every Living Thing: how much is left for biologists to discover?” the event takes place in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Hampton campus. The free presentation is sponsored in part by TNCC’s Honors Program and is open to the public.

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TNCC Professor to Discuss Transcendental Movement Writers

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s Department of Communications and Humanities presents a faculty colloquium Tuesday, Nov. 4 featuring English Professor Victor Thompson discussing his experiences at a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) workshop in Concord, Massachusetts. The one-hour presentation beginning at 2:30 p.m. is free and open the public in the Espada Conference Room, Hampton campus.

Dr. Thompson was among educators from across the nation selected to participate in NEH Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers this summer. His Tuesday discussion at TNCC entitled “Walden Three” will center on such Transcendental Movement rebels and reformers as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller and the Alcotts, among others.

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