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Event briefs

For immediate use

Feb. 19, 2007


PlayMakers to announce season,
‘Bluest Eye’ director to speak
PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theater troupe in residence at UNC, will host two free public events this week in the Paul Green Theatre, located in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road.

At noon Wednesday (Feb. 21), director Trezana Beverley will discuss the company’s upcoming production of “The Bluest Eye.” The play, based on Toni Morrison’s first novel of the same name, will run from Feb. 28-March 25.

Thursday (Feb. 22), PlayMakers artists and staff will hold an open house beginning at 5:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres from local eateries.

At 6:45 p.m., producing artistic director Joseph Haj will announce the plays and dates for the company’s 2007-2008 main-stage series in the Paul Green Theatre. The second-stage series, performed in the adjacent Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre, will be announced at a later date.

Those wishing to attend the open house on Thursday are asked to R.S.V.P. by calling (919) 962-PLAY or e-mailing


BET founder, CEO to speak Feb. 22
as part of Dean’s Speaker Series

Robert Johnson, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Black Entertainment Television (BET), will speak at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School Feb. 22 as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. in the McColl Building’s Maurice J. Koury Auditorium. The lecture, free to the public, will be followed by a reception.

Johnson began his career in the early 1970s as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., for the cable industry. He launched his own cable company, BET, in 1980, which later became the first black controlled company to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Since selling the company to Viacom in 1998, Johnson has continued to expand and diversify the BET brand, and in 2003, he was approved by the National Basketball Association to own and operate a new franchise, the Charlotte Bobcats. Free parking will be available in the business school parking deck. To RSVP, call (919) 843-7787 or e-mail


Kenan-Flagler hosts real estate
conference, MBA competition

Leaders in real estate finance and development will be speakers and judges at the “UNC Kenan-Flagler Real Estate Development Conference and Challenge,” Feb. 22-23.

For the first time, the UNC Kenan-Flagler real estate program will hold the two major events – a conference for real estate professionals and an MBA competition among 15 top business schools teams – together.

“Pairing the events allows us to connect real estate professionals with the top real estate MBA students in the United States,” said David Hartzell, the Steven D. Bell and Leonard W. Wood Distinguished Professor in Real Estate. “It’s a win-win, with each group benefiting from interactions with the other.”

The conference will examine the current state of the real estate capital markets, with a focus on how those markets impact the southeastern United States. The competition involves the students creting development plans.

Tom Darden, chief executive officer of Cherokee Investment Partners, will give the keynote address. Also speaking will be David Shulman, formerly of Lehman Brothers; Mary Ludgin of Heitman; Lawrence Gray of Wachovia Securities; and Bret Wilkerson of Property & Portfolio Research.

Conference sponsors are Bank of America, Colonial Properties Trust, Pulte Homes and Wood Partners.

Competing MBA teams will come from the University of California, Los Angeles; the universities of Chicago, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia; Dartmouth College; Columbia, Emory, New York, Northwestern, Rice and Vanderbilt universities; and UNC.

Executives from AvalonBay Communities, Bank of America, Colonial Properties Trust, Highwoods, Pulte Homes and Wood Partners will be among the judges. For more event information, contact Cindy Lee, (919) 843-5482,


Chicago Tribune photographer Souza,
once of Reagan While House, to speak

Pete Souza, national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, will speak from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Carroll Hall Auditorium at UNC. His work will be on display in the first floor hallways of Carroll before the free public program.

Now based in the Tribune’s Washington D.C. bureau, Souza previously was a freelancer for National Geographic, Life and other magazines and newspapers from around the world.

He was an official White House photographer during the Reagan administration. Two books have been published based on his images from those five-and-a-half years. He also was the official photographer for Reagan's June 2004 funeral.

Souza has won numerous photojournalism awards and his photos have been shown in several solo and group exhibitions.

The program, titled “Photonight,” is presented by the UNC student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. The chapter is based in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For more information, contact Pat Davison, assistant professor of visual communication, at (919) 962-4073 or


Bunch, head of planned museum,
to speak for black history month

Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in UNC’s Wilson Library.

Bunch will discuss “The Challenge of Interpreting African American History to the Public.” The free program will constitute the university’s third annual African American History Month Lecture.

The theme of national Black History Month is “From Slavery to Freedom.” The UNC lecture will pay tribute to Dr. John Hope Franklin, the James B. Duke professor emeritus of history at Duke University.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Franklin’s book, “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans.” Franklin sign copies of his books. Harmonyx, the a cappella ensemble of the Black Student Movement, will perform.

Bunch has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field. The new museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, is scheduled to be built on the National Mall on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument.

A historian, author, curator and educator, Bunch was president of the Chicago Historical Society from 2001 to 2005. He has written on topics ranging from the black military experience and all-black towns in the American West to diversity in museum management and the impact of funding and politics on American museums.

The lecture is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ departments of history, African and Afro-American studies and sociology; the Center for the Study of the American South; the offices of the provost and of diversity and multicultural affairs; the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History; the Black Student Movement; the Institute of African American Research; the Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Campus Y.

For more information, visit or contact Rhonda Whitfield at (919) 962-2115, (919) 962-9825 or

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Kenan-Flagler contacts: Allison Adams, (919) 962-7235;
Allison Reid, (919) 962-8951;
PlayMakers contact: Pam O’Connor, (919) 621-1230 or
College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093,

Photonight contact: Pat Davison, (919) 962-4073 or