TNCC Professors Lead Presentations in Conjunction with Traveling Lincoln Exhibit

Published: March 23, 2012

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Assistant Professor of English Hollis Pruitt will explore the different Constitutional interpretations of Lincoln and Frederick Douglas in “Among Jefferson’s Heirs: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas: Slavery and the Constitution” on Thursday, March 29 at 2 p.m. in Wythe Hall Gallery. Pruitt joined the TNCC faculty in 2001 and teaches Composition, Literature and Creative Writing courses.

Pruitt is also the Coordinator of TNCC’s Creative Writing and American Literature classes. He served in the United States Army and holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor’s degree in Radio, TV and Film with a minor in Journalism from the University of Arkansas.

TNCC Adjunct Professor Brian Croteau will present “Lincoln’s Constitutional Issues: The Right to Secede and Habeas Corpus” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 11 in the Wythe Hall Gallery and at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg on Monday, April 9 at noon.  Croteau, a retired U.S. Army officer, teaches Survey of Western Culture II and History of Western Civilization II. He holds a Master’s degree in History from Western Illinois University and a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Vermont.

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with Lincoln’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment.

Thomas Nelson is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition. For more information, please contact TNCC Librarian Craig Amos at 825-3829,

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