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NOVA-Alexandria to host Dr. Joseph Windham race relations discussion


Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will host its annual Dr. Joseph Windham Series on Race Relations from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in Room 196 of the Bisdorf Building, 5000 Dawes Ave., Alexandria, VA. This year’s focus for the discussion is “Different Narratives and Perspectives in Mass Media.”

The topic will encourage a discussion with members of the mass media community and describe how their role or medium has an influence on present day racial relations and society. Panelists for this event include NOVA Communications Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher; WPFW-FM 89.3 Host Nick “Dr. Nick” Johnson; SOZE Creative Director Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis; Geoff Bennett of the Washington Reporter; and Film Critic Kevin Sampson. NOVA Professor Araceli Bachner will moderate the discussion. The first part of the panel will be moderated followed by questions from audience members.

Dr. Joseph Windham was a history professor at NOVA who passed away in December 2014. He was an activist and an advocate for education for all. Windham is remembered as a leader who lived and taught with passion and purpose. Every year, the Alexandria Campus hosts race relations discussions and a student voices conference in his honor.

This event is free and open to the public. The Alexandria Campus encourages community members, local politicians, students, faculty and staff to participate in this discussion. The panel discussion is sponsored by Alexandria’s Liberal Arts Diversity Committee and funded by Student Life at NOVA. For additional information about this year’s Dr. Joseph Windham Series on Race Relations, contact Araceli Bachner at abachner@nvcc.edu.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.