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TCC LITERARY FESTIVAL TO ADDRESS WAR, MIDEAST
“Freedom of Voice: A Celebration of Writers” features Azar Nafisi of Reading Lolita fame

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (March 6, 2006) – Tidewater Community College celebrates its fifth annual week of “words and wisdom” - Literary Festival 2006 - April 3-6 with international and regionally known authors of novels, nonfiction and poetry.

Following the theme, Freedom of Voice: A Celebration of Writers, TCC’s fifth annual Literary Festival explores understanding other cultures and the freedom to live without war.

Sharing their voices and views, four writers travel to TCC to talk about the global impact of war. Featured authors Azar Nafisi, Farideh Goldin, Dunya Mikhail and Karl Zinsmeister will each discuss their writings, which range from fiction to journalism.

Nafisi
Goldin
Mikhail
Zinsmeister
Rerras

The event also stars readings by TCC’s own, including faculty members Lois Allen, Rick Ally, Rachel Ankney, Marissa Bailey, Susan Boland, Mike Cohen, Robert House and Doug Theil and a presentation by international photographer Teressa Rerras, a TCC student.

The festival, which promotes cultural development for the South Hampton Roads area, also celebrates and unveils ChannelMarker, the annual compilation of TCC student writings exploring life and death, love, life-altering mistakes and more. This year, the publication also features select student artwork.

For more information on Literary Festival 2006, log on to www.tcc.edu/LiteraryFestival.

TCC LITERARY FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

For more information and directions, visit www.tcc.edu or call TCC's Information Center, (757) 822-1122.

April 3, Monday

7 p.m.

Keynote address by AZAR NAFISI, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," at
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk. Reception and
book-signing follows the address.

April 4, Tuesday

Noon

Reading by FARIDEH GOLDIN, author of "Wedding Song: Memoirs of an
Iranian Jewish Woman," in Room 2505, 5th floor, Martin Building, 300 Granby St.,
Norfolk, followed by a reception and book-signing.

7 p.m.

Reading by DUNYA MIKHAIL, a poet and native of Iraq, in Room 2057A&B, Whitehurst
Building, 1428 Cedar Road, TCC Chesapeake campus, followed by a
reception and book-signing.

April 5, Wednesday

Noon

Campus reading by DUNYA MIKHAIL at Bay 5, Room 520, Waterfront Conference
Room, Beazley Building, 7000 College Drive, TCC Portsmouth campus,
followed by a reception and book-signing.

7 p.m.

College-wide faculty readings, Pungo Building Auditorium, 1700 College
Crescent, TCC Virginia Beach campus, followed by a reception.


7:30 p.m.

Talk by TERESSA RERRAS, a photographer working with Afghan women, Room 208, TCC's Visual Arts Center, 340 High St., in Olde Towne Portsmouth, followed by a reception.

April 6, Thursday

12:30 p.m.

Student/faculty readings, Room 2505, 5th floor, Martin Building, 300 Granby St.,
Norfolk, followed by a reception.

Student/faculty readings, Bay 5, Room 520, Waterfront Conference Room, Beazley Building, 7000 College Drive, TCC Portsmouth campus, followed by a reception.

6 p.m.

Student readings, Pungo Building Auditorium, 1700 College Crescent, TCC
Virginia Beach campus.

7 p.m.

Campus reading by KARL ZINSMEISTER, author of "Dawn Over Baghdad," at
Pungo Building Auditorium, 1700 College Crescent, TCC Virginia Beach
campus, followed by a reception and book-signing.


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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 37,000 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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