For Immediate Release
7 March 2011

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Talks at Tunxis Mark International Week


The community is invited to free talks that are among International Week activities March 14-17 at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.

March 14, 10 a.m., Cyber Café:

Author Steven Torres, Ph.D., will talk about his short stories and series of books set in Puerto Rico, which include “Precinct Puerto Rico,” “Death in Precinct Puerto Rico,” “Burning Precinct Puerto Rico,” “Missing in Precinct Puerto Rico,” and “Blackout in Precinct Puerto Rico” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur). Torres, who is of Puerto Rican descent and has spent time in Puerto Rico with his family, is an assistant professor of English at Manchester Community College. For more information, call 860.773.1605, or email

March 16, 5 p.m., Founders Hall:

Julie Tashjian, a former Connecticut secretary of state who served from 1983 to 1991, will give a talk entitled “From Immigrant Child to Secretary of State: Benefits of a Multicultural Background.” For more information, call 860.773.1489 or email

The talks are among a series of events at Tunxis Community College celebrating 40 years of education in the Farmington Valley and beyond. The College first opened for classes in October 1970 and currently offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. For more on 40th anniversary events at Tunxis, visit

Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177.