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AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR EARL LEWIS TO SPEAK AT TCC FEB. 23
Expert shares insight on African-American history

NORFOLK, Va. – (Feb. 10, 2006) – African-American history expert and renowned author Earl Lewis will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center. The history enthusiast will discuss the social and cultural movements of African Americans in Norfolk during the 20th century as part of Tidewater Community College’s American History Lecture series and its celebration of Black History Month.

Lewis is the author and coeditor of seven books, as well as the author of numerous articles for academic journals. Demonstrating his knowledge of Norfolk, Lewis tapped into the area’s racial history in his first book, In Their Own Interests: Race, Class and Power in Twentieth Century Norfolk, Virginia.

His literary achievements have not gone unnoticed. Lewis is the winner of the 2001 Chicago Tribune Favorite Book for Love on Trial. He also co-wrote the award-winning To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans.

Lewis has a Ph.D. in African-American history from the University of Minnesota and an honorary doctorate from Concordia College. He has received honors such as the Distinguished Achievement award from the University of Minnesota and the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service award and Faculty Recognition award from the University of Michigan. Now at Emory University, he is the university’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and the Asa Griggs Cadler Professor of History and African-American Studies.

The free, public American History Lecture Series is a project of the American History Teacher-Scholars Program, a joint initiative of Portsmouth Public Schools, Norfolk Public Schools, and Tidewater Community College. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching American History 2003 Grant Award.


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Laurie White
Media Relations
757-822-1085

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit www.tcc.edu

 
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