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Oct. 30, 2006 -- No. 522

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One-stop early voting center
open at Morehead Planetarium

UNC hosts one-stop early voting for the Orange County Board of Elections through Saturday (Nov. 4) at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Registered voters can vote in advance of the Nov. 7 election at the center, which is located at 250 E. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill.

Voters should enter the building by the west entrance (facing McCorkle Place) and go through the rotunda. The voting site, which opened Oct. 23, is only for voters registered in Orange County. It will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today (Oct. 30) through Friday (Nov. 3). It also will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 4).

Call the Orange County Board of Elections at (919) 245-2350 or visit for more information and a list of candidates.


Video for newspapers among topics
of PhotoNight in journalism school

Louis Deluca, a senior staff photographer for the Dallas Morning News, will speak at PhotoNight tonight (Oct. 30) at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The program will be free and open to all at 7:30 p.m. in 33 Carroll Hall, off Cameron Avenue behind Memorial Hall.

Deluca has been named photographer of the year for his region five times by the National Press Photographers Association, said Pat Davison, an assistant professor in the school. The UNC student chapter of the association will host the program.

Deluca has covered 10 Super Bowls, the Sydney Olympics, Hurricane Katrina and riots in Los Angeles. He also worked at the Chicago Sun-Times. Now, the Dallas Morning News is moving into video, and its photographers are being asked to broaden their skills, Davison said. Deluca will discuss some of those plans. For more information, call Davison at (919) 962-4073.


Leader in education development
delivers annual SPIRE lecture

SPIRE, a UNC postdoctoral fellowship program, will host its seventh annual Distinguished Scholar Seminar on Friday, (Nov. 3) at 11 a.m. in Fox Auditorium, room L300 in the School of Nursing addition.

Dr. Marian Johnson-Thompson, director of education and biomedical research development for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, will present "A Rewarding Biomedical Career: What is the Prescription for Success?"

Johnson-Thompson, who is also an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health, is active at in all levels of education and is an advocate for increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the biomedical sciences.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dale Beach, (919) 619-6070 or For more on SPIRE, visit


Ginsberg archivist, biographer Morgan
to speak Nov. 8 in Wilson Library at UNC

Bill Morgan will discuss his new biography of poet Allen Ginsberg at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 8 in UNC's Wilson Library. A reception will begin at 5 p.m. The event, sponsored by Friends of the Library, will be free to the public.

"I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg," the first biography about the poet since his death, coincides with the 50th anniversary of Ginsberg's most famous work, "Howl."

Morgan, who has written extensively about the Beat Generation and its key figures, was Ginsberg's personal archivist and bibliographer from the early 1980s until the author's death of cancer in 1997.

Morgan has contributed heavily to the library's collection of Beat materials, which now totals more than 15,000 items. Charles McNamara, curator of the Rare Book Collection in Wilson, said the library holds some 4,000 pieces related to Ginsberg, including the extremely rare mimeograph first edition of "Howl" and a large set of personal photographs annotated by the poet.

Morgan also will discuss two other recent books. "Howl on Trial: The Battle for Free Expression," which Morgan edited, follows the famous censorship trial surrounding Ginsberg's best-known poem.

Ginsberg wrote "The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems: 1937-1952," but Morgan was co-editor. For information about the reception and reading, contact Liza Terll (919) 962-4207 or


Collectors Arnett, artist Holley
to discuss self-taught artistry

Curators and collectors Bill Arnett and his son, Paul, and artist Lonnie Holley will discuss self-taught art by black Americans and its place in the art world on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the theater of UNC's Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

Bill Arnett, a passionate advocate for the importance of black self-taught artistry, has collected, exhibited and written about the works of grassroots Southern artists for decades.

This work led to his exhibit for the 1996 U.S. Olympics in Atlanta, "Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art of the South," made up mostly of Arnett's holdings. He wrote a book by the same name.

Arnett also exhibited quilts of Gee's Bend, Ala. Over many generations, the women of Gee's Bend developed a distinctive quilting style. Their quilts have been featured in museum exhibitions and are the subjects of two books, a documentary video and national media stories. Some also are depicted as 2006 U.S. commemorative postal stamps.

Holley, of Birmingham, Ala., is often hailed as one of the most eloquent spokespeople for the world of Southern self-taught art. His work ranges from sandstone carvings to drawings to recycled found-object sculptures. Holley began his artistic life by carving tombstones for his sister's two children who had died in a house fire, using blocks of a soft sandstone-like product that was discarded by a nearby foundry. Since then, his work has expanded to include many kinds of media, with each creation telling a complicated story rooted in history and emotion.

The free talk, "Secret Language, Hidden Treasure: Art in the African-American South," is sponsored by UNC's folklore curriculum with the art department, the Center for the Study of the American South and the Stone Center. For more information, call the folklore curriculum at (919) 962-4062.


Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'
to be performed Nov. 10-14

William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" will be performed by students in the Professional Actor Training Program - a master's degree program in dramatic art - Nov. 10-14 at UNC.

The romantic Shakespeare fantasy will play at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 10-13; 4 p.m. Nov. 13; and 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road.

PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Ray Dooley will produce the play; Charlie Steak will direct. Steak previously was assistant director for PlayMakers' "Not About Heroes," "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "The Front Page."

Tickets are $5. Free tickets are available to PlayMakers subscribers and holders of the dramatic art department privilege card. Call (919) 962-1132 for information or tickets.

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Note: Media interested in attending "Twelfth Night" should contact Pam O'Connor at (919) 621-1230 or to reserve tickets.

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