April 19, 2007
Nikki Giovanni April 23 Visit to University of the District of Columbia Postponed
Washington, D.C. – World renowned poet, writer and educator Ms Nikki Giovanni has postponed her visit to the campus of the University of the District of Columbia scheduled for Monday, April 23, 2007. Ms. Giovanni, a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, notified UDC through her representative that, due to the tragedy at Virginia Tech this past week, and particularly because next Monday will be the re-opening of the campus following this tragedy, she is compelled to be on the Virginia Tech campus next week.
In postponing the appearance, Ms. Giovanni’s representative explained to University officials that “Nikki's leadership among the faculty and the entire Virginia Tech community means that her place next Monday must be on the Virginia Tech campus. Nikki and our office will do everything in our powers to help you and UDC to find another acceptable date to re-schedule her appearance.”
Ms. Giovanni was to conduct a reading of her poetry and lecture as part of the University’s Literature-Live Reading Series, which promotes the culture of reading and writing across the curriculum and the academic community. She has previously scheduled to appear at UDC on February 14, 2007, but that appearance was postponed due to inclement weather.
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