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TCC co-sponsored lecture series hosts Virginian-Pilot journalist Lon Wagner, author of “The Fever”

NORFOLK, Va. – (Aug. 31, 2005) – The American History Lecture series will present “A Conversation with Lon Wagner” at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Kirn Memorial Main Library in downtown Norfolk. Wagner is an award-winning journalist and author of “The Fever,” a widely read 14-part series of articles published in July in The Virginian-Pilot.

Wagner’s “The Fever” documents the devastating yellow-fever epidemic of 1855 that killed 3,200 Hampton Roads residents. His free lecture on the epidemic will be followed by a panel discussion, “The Historical Significance of the Yellow Fever Epidemic.” Copies of “The Fever” will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

The 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. It is funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching American History 2003 Grant Award.

Because the event is free and seating is limited, reservations are required. Please call 822-1566 or 822-1530 to reserve a seat. Kirn library is located at 301 E. City Hall Avenue, across from MacArthur Center. Free parking is available in MacArthur Center’s south garage; tickets will be validated at the event.


Laurie White
Media Relations

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