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Sept. 25, 2006 -- No. 444

Local angles: Charlotte, Eden, Durham,
Kinston; San Diego, Seattle.


News & Observer photographer
to speak Tuesday (Sept. 26)

Jason Arthurs, North Carolina Press Photographer of the year, will speak at "PhotoNight XXXI," an opportunity for students and professionals to come together and share their work. The evening is designed to give photographers the chance to learn from each other and develop their own style.

The free public event, presented by the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 26) in 33 Carroll Hall. Portfolio reviews will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Arthurs, a 2004 graduate of the school's photojournalism program, began his career at the Winston-Salem Journal, then joined the News & Observer this year. He was the second runner-up national Newspaper Photographer of the Year (small market) in the Best of Photojournalism competition. He also produces video and audio in addition to still photos.

Contact Pat Davison at (919) 962-4073 or for more information.


Wednesday (Sept. 27) program to honor
Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz, the influential and prolific Egyptian writer who died on Aug. 30, will be honored in a free public program from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 27) in room 205 of the Alumni Building at UNC.

"He was a major contributor to the development of the modern Arabic novel," said Nadia Yaqub, an assistant professor of Asian studies at UNC and organizer of the program. "The appearance of the Cairo Trilogy in 1957 made him famous throughout the Arab world as a depicter of traditional urban life."

In 1988, Mahfouz became the first Egyptian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the first whose native tongue was Arabic. He wrote 30 novels and more than 100 short stories; half of the novels were made into films. His works have been translated into many other languages, and his universal themes resonate with other cultures as well, according to the Nobel Prize news release at

At Wednesday's event, writers and scholars will read from Mahfouz's works and reflect on his contributions to Arab and world literature, Yaqub said. Representatives of UNC's Bull's Head Bookstore will have some of his translated works available for purchase. For more information, contact Yaqub at


Black Alumni Reunion
to host awards dinner

UNC's Black Alumni Reunion invites the public to attend its Light on the Hill Scholarship awards dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Sheraton Imperial hotel and convention center in Durham. The deadline for registration is Oct. 16.

The dinner will honor the following individuals with Harvey E. Beech awards: Elbert Avery, IBM global services manager, of Durham; Joretta Durant, attorney with Pennsylvania's Durant & Davis, of Kinston; Randy Kane Jones, assistant U.S. attorney for the southern district, of San Diego; W.H. Joe Knight Jr., dean of the University of Washington School of Law, of Seattle; Hayden B. Renwick, former associate dean of the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, of Charlotte; and Reba Nunley, a senior at UNC, of Eden.

The Beech awards honor UNC alumni, faculty, staff and students who have made significant achievements in their lives, communities and careers. The award was named in 1989 for the late Harvey E. Beech, the first black UNC graduate.

The dinner is $60 for members of the UNC General Alumni Association and $70 for non-members. Twenty dollars of each ticket will benefit the Light on the Hill Scholarship Society and is tax-deductible. The vision for the Light on the Hill Society Scholarship is to support UNC in its mission to recruit and retain the nation's best and brightest black students. The dinner is part of UNC's homecoming celebration.
For more information, visit or e-mail

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