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Event briefs

For immediate use

April 23, 2007

Open-source expert to lead panel about emerging technologies

An expert in the field of open-source publications will lead a campus panel Wednesday (April 25) in an interactive discussion on the pros and cons of open-source standards and practices.

Heather Joseph, director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, will lead the panel from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 527 of the Health Sciences Library on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Pre-registration is requested.

Joseph will discuss ways in which technologies that have allowed authors, researchers, and students access to scholarly publications free of charge in a digital format also have raised questions about intellectual property, peer review and equitable access for all.

Prior to taking her post at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, Joseph was president and chief operating officer for BioOne, a Web-based firm that provides access to a linked information resource of interrelated journals focused on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences. She received the 2002 Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers’ award for services to not-for-profit publishing.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.

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Stone Center program to celebrate 15 years of youth community service

The Communiversity Youth Program at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC-Chapel Hill marks its 15th anniversary this year. To celebrate, the Stone Center will host a 6 p.m. program Thursday (April 26).

A reception in the lobby of the Stone Center, located at 150 South Road, west of the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower, will immediately follow the program.

Launched in 1992 by Michele Thomas, a UNC-Chapel Hill alumna and friend of Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone, the Communiversity program is the Stone Center’s longest running initiative. Seventy-six elementary and middle school students from the Chapel-Hill/Carrboro City school system participate in the program. 
The program is designed to empower children with tools that help them build lifelong skills essential for academic success and for future roles in community leadership. Program participants also are exposed to various aspects of black culture and history.

The program provides area students with after-school activities, reading skills, cultural enrichment opportunities and a structured introduction to the arts and humanities. It is managed by a full-time coordinator and run with the support of university student volunteers who teach and mentor participants.

“Communiversity continues to thrive as an essential program for providing K-12 students with the cultural enrichment, academic and social support, and the self esteem to develop into competitive, well rounded students,” said Lotticia Mack, program coordinator.

Founded in 1988, the Stone Center is dedicated to broadening the range of intellectual discourse about African diaspora cultures and pursuing challenging examinations of contemporary issues. For more information, call (919) 962-9001.

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PlayMakers presents hip-hop theater troupe Universes

Innovative hip-hop theater troupe Universes will bring its unique performance style to PlayMakers Repertory Company in a serious of performances Thursday-Sunday (April 26-29).

Universes is presented as part of the PRC² series in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

Intellectual, edgy and eloquent, Universes Poetic Theater Company dramatizes the urban experience through a mix of music, movement and inner-city slang. The Los Angeles Times wrote of the New York City-based ensemble, “These performers are fierce, funny and bitingly intelligent.”

Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for PlayMakers subscribers and $20 for the general public. For more information, call (919) 962-PLAY (7529).

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Health Sciences Library contact: Susan Siegel, (919) 966-0944,
Stone Center contact: Olympia Friday, (919) 962-7265,  

PlayMakers contact: Pam O’Connor, (919) 621-1230,