Author to Discuss Virginia Tech Tragedy, Campus Safety

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Lucinda Roy, an author with a unique perspective on the 2007 mass slaying at Virginia Tech, will offer a lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Columbus State’s University Hall auditorium.

Roy is the author of No Right to Remain Silent: What We’ve Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech. which is the common reading assigned to all CSU freshmen this fall. Roy’s book (2009, Three Rivers Press) is a first-hand account of events leading up to the day 32 students and faculty were killed and 17 were wounded by a mentally deranged student, Seung-Hui Cho.

Cho, who committed suicide after law enforcement forced their way into the building where most of the massacre occurred, was well known to Roy, a Virginia Tech English professor. She had taught him and tried repeatedly to get him help for his mental illness. At Columbus State, she’s expected to discuss mental health issues, the rights of individual privacy versus public safety, gun control and violence prevention.


Roy is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of English, former chair of the Department of English at Virginia Tech and recipient of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award. She was selected by the Virginia Press Women’s Association as Newsmaker of the Year in 2009. She has been a guest on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Oprah, CBS’s Sunday Morning, andappeared inPBS and BBCdocumentaries. Her award-winning poetry, fiction and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including American Poetry Review, the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education and USA Today. She has also published two novels and two poetry collections, Wailing the Dead to Sleep and The Humming Birds.

Her Oct. 15 lecture, sponsored by CSU’s First-Year Experience Program, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Terry Irvin, chair of CSU’s Department of Basic Studies, at 706-565-4015.