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TCC 2007 LITERARY FESTIVAL - SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

This year’s focus - Jamestown 1607 - 2007: Diversity Then and Now

All free, public invited

   

Sherman Alexie Robert Brown Natalie Diaz Diversity Poet Educators Jeff Hewitt

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (March 6, 2007) – Tidewater Community College announces its sixth annual Literary Festival – featuring Native American author Sherman Alexie, renowned for his award-winning film, Smoke Signals – April 16-19.

 

This year’s festival of literature focuses on the 400th anniversary of Jamestown. More than a commemoration of the past, the series of talks, performances and panels examine the present. Offering unique views on both the significance of this country’s heritage and life in the United States today, TCC presents authors that reflect the scope of 400 years after the "First Landing.”

Monday, April 16

1:30 p.m.

Panel discussion of the upcoming chamber opera, Pocahontas

In celebration of the founding of Jamestown 400 years ago, this world premiere chamber opera explores the story of one of Virginia’s most legendary characters. Based on the story of Pocahontas’ life, this work is designed to appeal to all ages.
TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk

 

Note: Pocahontas was commissioned and co-produced with Virginia Opera, in partnership with TCC and presented in honor of America’s 400th Anniversary by the Virginia Arts Festival.

 

7 p.m.

Keynote address by novelist, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie

Most notably, Alexie wrote the screenplay for and produced the feature 1998 Sundance Film Festival award-winning film Smoke Signals, based on his book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. His new books are Flight and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a “coming-of-age, interracial comedy” for young adults.

TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk

Reception and book signing following

 

 Tuesday, April 17

12:30 p.m.

Student/Faculty/Staff readings

5th Floor, Room 2505, Martin Building, 300 Granby St., Norfolk

Reception following

 

5:30 p.m.

Student readings: “Sudden Blasts – student work that can be read in 3 minutes or less”

Studio Theatre, Pass Building, 1428 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake

 

7 p.m.

Performance by Robert Brown: Jamestown and Beyond: the African American Music Perspective

Mr. Brown is the chorus director, principal coach and accompanist in the vocal department at the Governor’s School for the Arts.

Studio Theatre, Pass Building, 1428 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake

Reception to follow

 

Wednesday, April 18

12 p.m.

Reading by Natalie Diaz

Waterfront Conference Room 520, Beazley Building, 7000 College Dr., Portsmouth

Reception to follow

 

Thursday, April 19

12:30 p.m.

Reading by Evan Eisenberg

5th Floor, Room 2505, Martin Building, 300 Granby St., Norfolk

Reception and book signing to follow

 

12:30 p.m.

TCC Student/Faculty/Staff readings

Room 512, Beazley Building, 7000 College Dr., Portsmouth

Reception to follow

 

7 p.m.

Dynamic reading by poets Queen Sheba, Diversity Poet Educators, and Jeff Hewitt

Pungo Auditorium, 1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach

Reception and book signing to follow

 

For information, contact TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122. For campus maps and driving directions, click: http://www.tcc.edu.

 

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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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