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April 9, 2007

Charleston, S.C., mayor to address economic development strategies
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Joseph P. Riley Jr., mayor of Charleston, S.C., will deliver a lecture on “Lessons from Charleston’s Economic Development Experience” at 3 p.m. Thursday (April 12) in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government’s Knapp-Sanders Building, room 2603. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will precede the lecture at 2:30 p.m.

Riley was first elected mayor of Charleston in December 1975 and is serving an unprecedented eighth term. Under his leadership, Charleston has increased its commitment to racial harmony and progress, achieved a substantial decrease in crime, experienced a remarkable revitalization of its historic downtown business district and developed nationally-acclaimed affordable housing. Charleston has also seen unprecedented growth in size and population under Riley’s leadership and is recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the United States.

His presentation will focus on his service in Charleston and how the city has met the challenges of economic development.

Riley served as president of the U. S. Conference of Mayors 1986-87 and currently serves on the organization’s executive committee. He was a founder of the Mayors’ Institute for City Design and has provided critical urban design support to mayors across America. 


Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Krauthammer to speak
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Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner for distinguished commentary, will speak Thursday (April 12) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication will present the free public lecture, part of the Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture Series, at 5 p.m. in Carroll Hall room 111.

Krauthammer began writing a weekly column for The Washington Post more than 20 years ago. His work has grown into an internationally syndicated column for The Washington Post Writers Group and now appears in more than 180 newspapers. His columns cover a range of topics and political perspectives. He has won the First Amendment Award from the liberal People for the American Way and the Irving Kristol Award from the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

He writes a monthly essay for Time magazine and contributes to several other publications, including The Weekly Standard and The New Republic. He also has appeared regularly as a political analyst for Fox News and a weekly panelist on “Inside Washington” on ABC. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Krauthammer has won numerous other awards and recognition including being named America’s most influential columnist by The Financial Times.


Morehead Planetarium discusses moon walkers at Full Frame festival

Todd Boyette, director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will speak on Saturday (April 14), as part of the Full Frame documentary film festival in Durham.

Boyette’s presentation will follow the Full Frame screening of “In The Shadow of the Moon,” a film by David Sington that explores the lives of the 12 men who walked on the Moon. The two-hour documentary will be shown at 5:15 p.m.

Beginning in the 1960s and continuing for nearly 20 years, Morehead worked with NASA to train astronauts in celestial navigation, using the Zeiss star projector in the planetarium. Eleven of the 12 moonwalkers trained at Morehead. Boyette’s presentation will include archival materials from the training activities as well as a discussion of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s role in America’s space program.

“In The Shadow of the Moon” is a premium event of Full Frame in Fletcher Theater, part of the historic Carolina Theater in downtown Durham. For tickets and other information about the event, visit


Morehead Planetarium hosts event to discuss light pollution

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will present a free program, “Our Vanishing Night,” at 7:30 p.m. April 17 as part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s week-long observation of Earth Day, which is April 22.

Using the planetarium star projector, Amy Sayle, a Morehead educator, will demonstrate how light pollution – the illumination of the night through artificial means – prevents us from seeing thousands of stars and other celestial bodies. She will also show the audience a breathtaking view of how the night sky would appear without light pollution.

Following the presentation, Morehead will lead a walking tour of Franklin Street and the UNC-Chapel Hill campus as participants seek out examples of inefficient lighting. The event will conclude with a sky watching session at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s sundial, weather permitting.

Morehead will also feature light pollution topics during its regular “Carolina Skies” programs, 8 p.m. on April 20 and 21.

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Carolina songs and music topic of April 19 lecture

Musician and author Bland Simpson will provide a wide-ranging look at songs and music related to Carolina and Chapel Hill in a free public lecture April 19.

Titled “Keeping Time: Two Centuries (and Counting) of Tar Heel Tunes and Songs from the Southern Part of Heaven,” the lecture will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Wicker Classroom of the School of Government in the Knapp-Sanders Building. A 5 p.m. reception will precede the talk. Parking is available after 5 p.m. in the Knapp-Sanders deck at no charge.

Simpson, a member of the Red Clay Ramblers music group and director of the creative writing program at UNC-Chapel Hill, described his talk as “light hearted and hardly encyclopedic.” In addition to speaking, Simpson will include vocal and piano performance of several songs that he wrote with fellow Rambler Jack Herrick for the 1994 musical “Tar Heel Voices,” commemorating the bicentennial of the university.

Simpson’s lecture is the fourth Gladys Coates University History Lecture sponsored by the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Library. The series honors the late Coates, an avid university historian who died in 2002. She and her husband, Albert Coates, founded UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute of Government, which is now part of the School of Government.

Author, financier Arthur Lipper III to speak April 20

Arthur Lipper III, investment banker, financier, management consultant, author and lecturer, will speak at 3 p.m. April 20 at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. The free public lecture in 111 Carroll Hall is titled “Royalties: The Better Way to Finance and Invest in Companies and Projects.”

Lipper, the chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd. in Del Mar, Calif., has been affiliated with the international financial community since 1954. He has been an adviser to the Mid-America Commodity Exchange and was the founder and chief executive officer of Arthur Lipper Corp. Lipper was co-founder and chairman of New York & Foreign Securities Corp. and is president of Communications Management Associates. He is the former owner and publisher of Venture magazine.

Lipper’s books include “Venture’s Guide to Investing In Private Companies” (Dow-Jones Irwin, 1984), “Thriving Up and Down the Free Market Food Chain: The Unrestrained Observations (and Advice) of a Business Darwinist,” (HarperBusiness, 1991), “The Guide for Venture Investing Angels: Financing & Investing In Private Companies” (Missouri Innovation Center, 1996) and “The Larry & Barry Guide To Entrepreneurial Wisdom” (SelectBooks Inc., 2002).

Lipper is a member of the Asia liaison committee at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, an arm of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. For more information, visit or call (919) 962-8366.


Harambee Fashion Show Benefits Local School

 “Cultural Allure: Beyond the Runway, Across the Globe” is the theme for the sixth annual Harambee Fashion Show April 20 at UNC-Chapel Hill. The event will start at 8 p.m. in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union’s Great Hall.

The event is organized by the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Alliance of Minority Business Students. Each year the club brings together a group of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds to model clothing from local stores.

Advance tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase from the Alliance of Minority Business Students April 9-20 in Kenan-Flagler’s Café McColl and from the Student Union Box Office April 2-20. The door price is $12.

This year, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Union Independent School in northeast-central Durham. The school is working to develop a national model for educating children who live in distressed urban communities. In past years, Harambee has contributed to efforts such as the Durham Scholars program and the Tsunami Action Recovery Initiative.

More than 35 models will be wearing designer labels from stores including Belk, Cache, Uniquities, Banana Republic, Arden B., Modern Times and Anne Taylor.


School of Government contact: Carl Stenberg, (919) 962-2377,
School of Journalism and Mass Communication contact: Kyle York, (919) 966-3323,
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center contact: Karen Kornegay, (919) 843-7952,
School of Information and Library Science contact: Wanda Monroe, (919) 843-8337,
Gladys Coates University History Lecture contact: Bob Anthony, (919) 962-1172,
Kenan-Flagler Business School contact: Allison Reid, (919) 962-8951,