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Aug. 28, 2006 -- No. 394

Cast change for PlayMakers
loses Perlman, brings Genest

            Ron Perlman, who was scheduled to appear in “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” at UNC, has bowed out to accept a film project. Broadway, film and television actor Edmond Genest will take his place.
            PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theater group at UNC, will stage the production with StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance on Sept. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
            David Strathairn, nominated for a Best Actor Oscar last year for “Good Night and Good Luck,” will appear in the dramatic adaptation of Studs Terkel’s 2001 book “Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith.” For more information, visit
            Genest has appeared on Broadway in “Retreat from Moscow,” “The Elephant Man,” “A Few Good Men,” “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” and other shows. His film credits include “Oxygen,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Man Without a Face,” “Wolfen,” “Hanky Panky” and “Without a Trace.”
            On television, Genest has appeared in episodes of “Law and Order,” “The Practice,” “Beacon Hill,” “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” For tickets or information, call (919) 843-3333.


Chattanooga’s Billy Weeks, UNC students
to speak at PhotoNight Tuesday (Aug. 29)

            Billy Weeks, a photographer and editor for Chattanooga, Tenn., newspapers for 22 years, will be the first speaker in the 2006-2007 academic year of PhotoNights, presented by the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
            The free public program will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 29) in the basement of Carroll Hall, Room 33. The building is behind Memorial Hall south of Cameron Avenue.
            Five 15-minute presentations by current and former school students also will be part of the program, said Pat Davison, an assistant professor at the school.
            Weeks, who has covered stories in the United States and abroad, is director of photography/graphics at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He also has taught photojournalism at Southern University for the last 18 years.
            Parking should be available in the Swain visitor lot off Cameron near South Columbia Street and in the Nash lot off Pittsboro Street behind Nash Hall. For more information, contact Davison at 962-4073 or


Blood drive set for Wednesday (Aug. 30)
at Frank Porter Graham Student Union

            The UNC American Red Cross Club will sponsor a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 30) in the Great Hall of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. The Red Cross is conducting the drive, and its technicians will collect the blood, said Jeff Davis of the Orange County Chapter.
            Over the summer, with the absence of student donors, local blood supplies dropped to about two day’s worth, club member Lauren Burcal, a UNC junior, wrote in an email to campus inviting donors to the drive. The community needs a seven-day supply, she said.
            To make an appointment, visit the Red Cross’ online scheduling system at Click “Give blood,” select “NC” in the next and UNC in the next.
            For dates of other drives at UNC, and to register to be notified by email as they arise, register at Drives are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14, a “9/11 Remembrance Week Blood Drive”; 1:30-6 p.m. Sept. 18 in Granville Towers East; 1-5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the ROTC Armory; and 2-6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont.


South’s railroad history to be topic
of Wilson Library tour Friday (Sept. 1)
            A treasure tour of UNC’s Louis Round Wilson Library on Friday (Sept. 1) will highlight special collections related to the history of the railroad in North Carolina and the American South. The free one-hour tour will begin in the lobby at 2 p.m.
            Among the items on view will be railroad photographs and business records, currency depicting railroads and a negative view of railroads in an 1848 pamphlet with the headline “Cheap fares seduce (passengers) into traveling.”
            Tour participants will also view “Tar Heel Tracks: Early Railroad Development in North Carolina, 1830s-1890s,” an exhibition in Wilson’s North Carolina Collection Gallery. The exhibition features maps, drawings, a handwritten engineer’s log from 1856 and photographs of railroad laborers and notable train wrecks. “Tar Heel Tracks” will be on view through Oct. 8. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
            For information about the tour, contact Dr. Libby Chenault at (919) 962-1143. For information about the exhibition contact the North Carolina Collection Gallery at (919) 962-1172.


Oak Ridge Labs expert to speak
about transportation, oil addiction

            “Transportation and America’s Oil Addiction: Is There a Fix?” will be the theme of a free public lecture on Sept. 6 at UNC, part of a Robertson Seminar Series on energy and transportation.
Dr. David Greene, a corporate fellow of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will talk about the growing challenges of transportation’s energy problems and the importance of implementing comprehensive energy policies. The 5:45 p.m. lecture will be in the Kresge Foundation Common Room (039) of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence in the Graham Memorial Building.
“Our transportation system’s nearly complete dependence on petroleum costs our economy hundreds of billions of dollars each year, enormously complicates our foreign policy and significantly undermines our national security,” Greene said.
At Oak Ridge, a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Greene applies interdisciplinary research to national transportation energy and environmental policy.
His lecture, the first of four this year on energy and transportation, is sponsored by the Carolina Transportation Program and Duke University’s program in energy and environment and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The Robertson Seminar Series is made possible by a grant from the Robertson Scholars Program of UNC and Duke.
For more information, contact Dr. Sonia Yeh,; Dr. Gerald Cecil,; or visit

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