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Events Briefs

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Nov. 6, 2006 -- No. 530

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Workshop to explore couples' dilemmas
surrounding work, family and children

Professors and policy experts from near and far - from UNC and Duke University to the University of Montreal and Queen's University Belfast - will speak at a free public workshop, "Gender, Politics and Culture in Europe and Beyond: Family, Work and Welfare in Past and Present," Friday and Saturday (Nov. 10-11) at UNC.

The workshop, to be held in Hyde Hall on McCorkle Place, will delve into decision-making by working parents on whether to have children, when, how many and whether to continue working, full- or part-time; how governments can promote family-friendly policies; declining birth rates in most of Europe and North America that are blamed on the work vs. family dilemma; and how those declining rates may affect the future prosperity of nations and their pension and welfare systems.

For a detailed schedule with speakers' names, topics and biographical information, visit The workshop is one in a series sponsored by UNC's centers for European studies and Slavic, Eurasian and East European studies; Graduate School; history department; women's studies curriculum and Carolina Women's Center.

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Karen Hagemann, UNC Kenan Distinguished Professor of history, at (919) 962-3960 or


American Indian hoop dancer
to perform Friday (Nov. 10)

UNC events for American Indian Heritage Month this November will begin with performances Friday (Nov. 10) by Jackie Bird of South Dakota, a hoop dancer from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribe.

A location is still being determined for a performance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., but an evening performance will be in the Cabaret of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Beadwork, ribbons and feathers are among elements in traditional regalia that Bird makes and wears for her dances, said Shannon Fleg, a staff member in UNC's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Also a part-time student, Fleg, who is Navajo, is a member of the student group First Nations Graduate Circle.

"Hoop dances have different meanings for different tribes, but for Jackie, it is for healing," Fleg said. Dancers use hoops made from various materials to signify figures and images. The hoops are in four different colors to signify the four directions.

For more information, contact Fleg at

UNC sponsors of the event are the student groups Carolina Indian Circle and First Nations, the Graduate School and the Division of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For a list of American Indian Heritage Month events at UNC, visit


Photos, more from Civil War to Gulf
to highlight library Veterans Day tour

In honor of Veterans Day, UNC's Wilson Library will host a treasure tour of materials relating to the American military in its special collections.

The free tour from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 11) will cover letters, photos and more from the Civil War to the Gulf War. Among the items to be shown are Civil War-era artifacts, posters from the World Wars and a photo of the late UNC professor and playwright Paul Green during World War I.

Participants should gather in the lobby of Wilson to begin the tour. For more information, call Dr. Libby Chenault at (919) 962-1143.


Yale religion expert to address
rise of religion in 20th century

Dr. Lamin Sanneh, a professor at Yale Divinity School, will deliver a free public talk on the worldwide rise of religion at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Murphey Hall auditorium (Room 116).

Sanneh will discuss how Christianity and Islam in particular have grown around the globe in defiance of predictions of religious demise. The lecture will answer the question, "How does this religious resurgence fit into a globalized world, and what explains this worldwide expansion of faith?"

Sanneh will explore key dimensions of the global religious resurgence and what it might mean for the future. For more information, call (919) 962-3939 and leave a message for Sondra J. Smolek.


Dutch artwork to be the focus
of Bettie Allison Rand lecture

The UNC art department of will present a talk on Dutch painting Nov. 16 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

University of Iowa professor Dr. Julie Hochstrasser will discuss "Remapping Dutch Art in a Global Perspective: Other Points of View" at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the museum, located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road.

The lecture is part of the department's Bettie Allison Rand Lecture Series. The annual lectures in art history emphasize European painting of the 14th century through the 18th century. William G. Rand of Raleigh, a 1952 UNC graduate, established the lecture series in honor of his late wife, who studied art at UNC.

Hochstrasser's work focuses on the history and techniques of Dutch and Flemish painting and global issues in visual culture - with special regard to Dutch colonial history. She received a master's degree in Renaissance art and a doctorate in Baroque art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book, "Still Life and Trade in the Dutch Golden Age," is forthcoming in March from Yale University Press.

For information, call (919) 593-3722 or e-mail For directions, visit


UNC folklore curriculum teams up
with ArtsCenter to present radio show

The UNC folklore curriculum, in partnership with the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, will premiere "Carolina Breakdown," a one-hour radio show and podcast celebrating Southern music and the people who make it, on Nov. 17.

The pre-taped show of locally recorded live music and artist interviews will air at 4 p.m. Fridays in the Triangle on the UNC station WXYC-FM 89.3. The show will air weekly except on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24. "Carolina Breakdown" also will be available as a podcast via iTunes.

Carolina Chocolate Drops, a black string band from Durham, and the Allen Boys, a gospel quartet from Mount Airy, will be featured on the first show.

"Carolina Breakdown" will aim to provide exposure to a range of musicians and artists. Shows will feature acts of a Southern "roots-rock" style and include genres from hip-hop to bluegrass, said John Hubbell, a folklore graduate student who will host and produce the show with Tess Mangum-Ocaña of the ArtsCenter.

Mangum-Ocaña will guide programming with UNC's Dr. William Ferris, history professor and adjunct folklore professor; and Dr. Glenn Hinson, folklore curriculum chair, Hubbell said.

Graduate students in folklore will be heard on the show conducting interviews with artists about context and background on their musical genres and personal inspirations. Live tapings will be scheduled regularly, many at the ArtsCenter.

For more information, contact Hubbell at (919) 357-6611 or


Web expert to discuss the changing
nature of information-sharing Dec. 7

The digital revolution and how it has eliminated the restrictions of physicality will be the subject of a Dec. 7 talk at UNC by Dr. David Weinberger, coauthor of the best-selling book "The Cluetrain Manifesto" (Perseus Books, 2000).

Weinberger, a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered and "Here and Now," will speak at 2 p.m. in 116 Murphey Hall. "Everything is Miscellaneous" will be the title of the free public talk, this year's Henderson lecture in the UNC School of Information and Library Science.

"We are in the midst of this revolution that touches how we organize our businesses, our customers' control of the information they touch and the 'who' and 'what' of trust," said Weinberger, who recently was accepted as a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Weinberger was senior Internet adviser for Howard Dean's presidential campaign. His articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Guardian and other publications. He is a columnist for KMWorld and Darwin magazines.

The Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture Series was established in 1990 to honor the memory of Lucile K. Henderson, a school faculty member from 1932 to 1960 and dean from 1954 to 1960. A reception will follow the talk. For more information, visit or contact Wanda Monroe at (919) 843-8337 or

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Photo URLs: Weinberger,
Hoop dancer Jackie Bird,,
Photo from Veterans Day library tour: Paul Green (1894-1981), playwright, author and UNC professor, served with the 105th Engineers, 30th Division, during World War I. Green spent several months at the front in Belgium and France, where he encountered heavy combat in the trenches. Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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