TNCC Professor to Discuss Transcendental Movement Writers


Published: October 31, 2008

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.

Dr. Thompson, who has been teaching American Literature at TNCC for more than 30 years, will incorporate the American counter culture into his syllabus as he studies writers such as Margaret Fuller or the Peabody Sisters and their impact on social action throughout the world.  He also plans to develop a six-credit course – three in English and three in Humanities – for students in the Honors Program at the College.

Each summer the National Endowment for the Humanities supports a variety of study opportunities in the humanities for faculty who teach American undergraduates. Seminars and institutes are national, residential, and rigorous. Designed to strengthen the quality of humanities teaching and scholarship, they are led by some of the nation’s outstanding scholars and take place at major colleges and universities and archival facilities across the United States and abroad.

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