TNCC Book Club at Historic Traingle Hosts Group Discussion April 16


Published: April 1, 2010

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Thomas Nelson Community College’s Literature Circles kicks off its spring season with a discussion group meeting on Friday, April 16 on the Historic Triangle campus. Reading enthusiasts from throughout the community are invited to join TNCC students, faculty and staff at 1 p.m. in room 316 for discussions about Octavia Butler’s “Kindred” and “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch.

“Kindred” is the story of Dana Franklin, a black woman in 1976 suburban Los Angeles who is transported to an 1815 slave-holding plantation in Maryland. She has been called to save the son of the plantation master — her great-great-grandfather, Rufus Weylin, who has the ability to summon Dana to the antebellum South when he’s in trouble. She can only return to the present when her life is threatened. Over and over and at increasing risk, she is called to protect Rufus. Meanwhile in the present, Dana is married to Kevin, a gentle and progressive white man who can adjust with relative ease to 19th century life by virtue of his race and gender.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a 400-member audience at McConomy Auditorium.

In his lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch discussed lessons he learned throughout life and gave advice on how to achieve career and personal goals. His lecture has become a phenomenon, as has his book, “The Last Lecture” based on the same principles, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make realities. Pausch died in July 2008, but his legacy continues to inspire through the novel.

The books are available on reserve in the College’s library or for purchase in the campus bookstore; supplies may be limited. TNCC Literature Circles is supported by TNCC Student Activities and the President’s Cultural Scholarships. For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations, marketing and Special Events at (757) 825-3500.

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