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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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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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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