TNCC Faculty Member Publishes “Safe at Home: Baseball and Other Forms of Life”

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TNCC Faculty Member Publishes 'Safe at Home: Baseball and Other Forms of Life'

Thomas Nelson Community College English Professor, Dr. Victor Thompson has published a book, “Safe at Home: Baseball and Other Forms of Life in a Small New Jersey Town.” The book is a collection of essays and stories written over many years about his childhood hometown in Northern New Jersey. “I wanted to make sure that my memories of growing up in New Jersey during the Eisenhower times were kept for generations to come,” Thompson said. On Wednesday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m., Thompson is inviting the community to attend a presentation during which he will discuss excerpts from his book. The presentation will take place in the Espada Conference Center in Moore Hall on the College’s Hampton campus.

This book is the result of Thompson’s passion for baseball and his interest in sharing his life experiences growing up in New Jersey as a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers during the Eisenhower times. One of the essays included in the book, “My Father’s Glove” received an award and was published in the Daily Press in 1988.

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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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