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Event briefs

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Feb. 5, 2007

Pulitzer Prize-winner Doug Marlette
to visit Carolina, discuss “Magic Time”

Doug Marlette, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, novelist and creator of the comic strip Kudzu, will read from his latest novel, “Magic Time,” in the Halls of Fame room at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8 (Thursday).

Marlette, a Greensboro native, was a visiting professor at the school in 2001 and was inducted into the UNC Journalism Hall of Fame in 2002. He has won major awards for editorial cartooning, including the 1988 Pulitzer Prize.

Marlette’s first novel, “The Bridge,” was published in 2001 and was voted Best Book of the Year for Fiction in 2002 by the Southeast Booksellers Association. “Magic Time,” Marlette’s second novel, was released in late 2006 by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.


‘Blazing Saddles’ screenwriter
to show, discuss the film Feb. 12

Hollywood screenwriter and producer Norman Steinberg, who co-wrote the screenplay for Mel Brooks’ 1974 movie “Blazing Saddles,” will show and discuss the film at 7 p.m. Feb.12 in 116 Murphey Hall at UNC.

The screenplay, by Steinberg, Brooks, Andrew Bergman and Richard Pryor, received an Academy Award nomination. Steinberg’s 1982 film, “My Favorite Year,” was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and received four Oscar nominations.

He won an Emmy Award in 1971 for “The Flip Wilson Show.” He was executive vice president of comedy development for Paramount Pictures Television from 1975-1977 and executive producer and head writer for the CBS hit “Cosby” in 1996 and 1997.

With 2006 Academy-Award-winning writer Bobby Maresco (“Crash”), Steinberg is adapting the “My Favorite Year” screenplay for theater.

The free public program will be sponsored by the writing for the screen and stage program in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences and the Screen Arts Filmmaker Forum, a UNC students’ association. For more information about the talk, contact program director David Sontag at


New Zealand researcher to offer
global perspective on road safety

Dr. Shane Turner, an adjunct senior fellow with the University of Canterbury, will present a lecture on road safety programs in New Zealand at 10 am on Feb. 14 in the auditorium of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building at 301 Pittsboro St.  

The lecture, titled “Road Safety Trends, Targets and Safety Programs in New Zealand,” will discuss New Zealand’s success in reducing fatal motor vehicle crashes over the last 20 years. The country has reduced the number of fatal crashes by more than 50 percent since the mid-1980s, despite the fact that the amount of travel has increased considerably.

The free, public lecture is cosponsored by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.


Open-source software expert,
online library CEO, to speak

“A Legacy of Sharing Knowledge” will be the theme of a Feb. 20 forum presented by the UNC School of Information and Library Science.

The future of information and library science professionals also will be discussed at the free public meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Morning sessions will be in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building at 301 Pittsboro Street; afternoon sessions, in Room 2603 of the Knapp-Sanders Building at South and Country Club Roads.

Michael Tiemann, vice president of open source affairs for Research Triangle-based Red Hat, will give the morning lecture, “Sharing Knowledge, Multiplying Value: The Non-Linear Nature of Open Source Software.”

The morning will also include a tribute to the late Dr. Frederick G. Kilgour, founder of the OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. and distinguished research professor at the UNC school. Kilgour invented the WorldCat database, one of the most consulted databases in higher education, used daily by students, teachers, scholars and researchers worldwide.

The afternoon session, with the theme “The Future of the Profession: Educational Needs of ILS Professionals in the 21st Century,” will include panel discussions and a keynote address by OCLC president and chief executive officer Robert “Jay” Jordan.

The OCLC/Kilgour Lecture is funded by an endowment from OCLC that honors Kilgour. For more information, call (919) 962-8366 or visit


Boingboing blogger Cory Doctorow
to speak in Wilson Library Feb. 22

The co-editor of the Web log “boingboing, A Directory of Wonderful Things” (, Cory Doctorow, will speak at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in UNC’s Wilson Library.

Doctorow also is the Fulbright chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, a science fiction novelist and a contributor to magazines, newspapers and Web sites including Wired, Popular Science, Make and The New York Times.

He formerly directed European affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (, a nonprofit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He has worked to balance international treaties, polices and standards related to copyright and related rights.

Doctorow’s visit is sponsored by, a free public library of digital material on the Internet; the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication and School of Information and Library Science; and Free Culture Carolina, UNC’s chapter of an international student movement advocating copyright law reform. For more information, contact Paul Jones at (919) 962-7600 or


PlayMakers, Haj to announce season
for 2007-2008 in Feb. 22 open house

PlayMakers Repertory Company will announce plays for its 2007-2008 season in a free open house and reception Feb. 22 in the Paul Green Theatre, inside the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road.

The professional theater company in residence at UNC invites the public to the free gathering with PlayMakers staff and artists, set to begin 5:30 p.m. and feature hors d’oeuvres from local eateries. At 6:45 p.m., producing artistic director Joseph Haj will announce the season.

Those planning to attend are asked to call (919) 962-PLAY or e-mail


 Energy and Environment in North Carolina
symposium to be held March 9-10

The Carolina Environmental Program will present a symposium on Energy and Environment in North Carolina on March 9-10 at UNC-Chapel Hill’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. The symposium focuses on ways the University of North Carolina and all of its campuses can assist the state of North Carolina in developing a new energy infrastructure. The event will bring together national experts and participants from across the UNC system, as well as partners from business, government and non-governmental organizations.

Registration is $125, with discounts for students and for those who also register for the 2007 N.C. Sustainable Energy Conference. The conference is open to the public. For more information, call the Carolina Environmental Program at (919) 966-9922 or visit the symposium website at The event is supported in part by the Progress Energy Foundation.

The Carolina Environmental Program is a multidisciplinary program leading UNC-Chapel Hill’s environmental community in educating practitioners, researching and solving global challenges and informing people about critical issues.

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Note: Arts media will receive a news release on the 2007-2008 PlayMakers season, embargoed for release on Feb. 23, in advance of the Feb. 22 event.

UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication:  Kyle York,, (919) 966-3323
Steinberg: David Sontag,; Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093,
UNC Highway Safety Research Center: Katy Jones, (919) 843-7007,
Feb. 20 forum: Wanda Monroe, (919) 843-8337,
Doctorow: Paul Jones,, (919) 962-7600
PlayMakers: Pam O’Connor, (919) 621-1230,
Carolina Environmental Program: Tony Reevy, (919) 966-9927,