TNCC Honor Society Launches Lecture Series


Published: February 24, 2009

Thomas Nelson’s Phi Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will launch a lecture series beginning Tuesday, March 24 based on the topic, The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences. The series featuring TNCC professors consists of three lectures 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 — Genetics of Liver Disease in a Multigenerational Population of Maltese Dogs: The Paradox of Affluence on Dog Breeds — is presented by Assistant Professor of Biology Jacqueline Spencer. Spencer, who is also assistant dean of the Science and Allied Health Division, will address the problems of liver vasculature that affect at least 33 breeds of purebred dogs, such as Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Havanese, Shih Tzu, and Cairn Terriers. She will explore how these diseases have increased the affluence of dog breeders and owners to preserve and maintain these harmful genes in the affected breeds, leading to dogs with liver problems which tend to be smaller in size and will sell for more as puppies.

On Wednesday, April 1 Assistant Professor of English Heath Scott discusses Education, Healthcare, and Diet: The Underbelly of American Affluence. Experts purport that since the end of World War II, the United States has secured its place as the most affluent and dominant country on earth. Despite Americans’ wealth of resources, they rank surprisingly low in the areas of education, healthcare, and diet when compared to other nations. Why does this apparent paradox exist, and are there ways for Americans to address these concerns? Scott will share his research on these issues, and discuss the surprising experiences he gained while traveling abroad. Through this enlightening presentation, he aims to offer an alternative to the “paradox of affluence.”

The final lecture is set for Wednesday, April 8 featuring Assistant Professor of English Hollis Pruitt, Coordinator of TNCC’s creative writing classes. Pruitt’s speech — The First Works Last — reviews the use and demonstration of wealth in our nation’s recent history. The lecture is a thought-provoking examination of the arguably unequal prioritizing of the uses of wealth and the subsequent negative impacts upon human society.

For more information about this series, please contact Associate Professor Pamela Biernacki, PTK faculty advisor, at 757-825-3673.

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