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March 24, 2006 -- No. 168


National public health consultant
to speak at health professions forum

Michael E. Bird, the first American Indian to serve as president of the American Public Health Association and a national public health consultant, will be the featured speaker at an upcoming health professions forum to be held on the UNC campus.

The April 8 forum, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, will be free to area undergraduates and faculty members. Registration is required.

Nearly 150 undergraduate students from North Carolina are expected to attend.

Bird, the 2006 "Inspirational Speakers in Science" lecturer, will present "Passion, Thought, Action" to motivate aspiring health professionals to overcome obstacles and pursue careers in health care. He will use his life story to urge minority young people to set goals for themselves and be persistent in overcoming obstacles.

The health professions forum and lecture are part of the Health Professions Preparation Program sponsored by the N.C. Health Careers Access Program at UNC.

Co-sponsors for the event are the N.C. Area Health Education Centers Program (based in UNCís School of Medicine), the N.C. Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the UNC School of Medicineís Office of Educational Development-Special Programs.

Visit to register. For more information call N.C. Health Careers Access Program at (919) 966-2264 or visit



Michel Foucaultís ethics to be focus
of final lecture in UNC series

Dr. Jeffrey T. Nealon, professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss the ethics of French philosopher Michel Foucault on April 6 at UNC.

Nealonís lecture, "Foucaultís Infamous Ethics: Biopower, Globalization and Ethical Scarcity," will be at 5 p.m. in room 3411 of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union off South Road.

The talk will be the last in the "Ethics and Recent Critical Theory" lecture series, which investigated changed views about ethics. Visiting scholars have discussed distinct shifts in what ethics means, what it entails, where its borders lie, how it is to be approached and how different thinkers have constructed it.

Nealonís presentation will examine the systematic reformulation of ethics that Foucault performed late in his career, which has been broadly influential across academic disciplines in recent years.

The lecture series was organized by the University Program in Cultural Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies, Curriculum in Comparative Literature, Graduate and Professional Student Federation and the departments of communication studies, English, Germanic languages, religious studies and romance languages.


UNC Lineberger to host
annual benefit ball April 8

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will host its third annual Beach Ball benefit at University Mall on April 8 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The ball will feature live music by Liquid Pleasure, a silent auction, dancing and food from Spice Street and Cafť Carolina and Bakery.

Mick Mixon, the Carolina Panthersí play-by-play announcer and former color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network, will emcee the event.

A video honoring people who have experienced cancer will premiere at the event, which is chaired by 10-year breast cancer survivor Mary Seagroves and Jeanhee Hoffman, both of Chapel Hill.

Tickets are $60 per person ($35 tax-deductible) and can be purchased online at or by calling (919) 966-5905. Tickets purchased the night of the events will be $75 at the Spice Street entrance of University Mall.

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