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Event Briefs

For immediate use

Sept. 4, 2007

Southern Folklife Collection to host two events and announces release of a new CD

Orville Hicks, a traditional storyteller from Watauga County, will entertain on Friday (Sept. 7) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library. Hicks will tell Jack Tales that have been handed down in his community and stories about his experiences growing up in the southern Appalachian mountains. The event is co-sponsored by the curriculums in American Studies and Folklore, and is free and open to the public.

Cultural critic Greil Marcus will speak on the American ballad tradition in the 21st century, accompanied by traditional country band The Handsome Family from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the Pleasants Assembly Room in Wilson Library. Marcus is the author of books including “Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ’n’ Roll” and “Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes.” The Handsome Family is a husband-and-wife duo that blends traditional bluegrass and country murder ballads into modern scenery. A reception will precede the event at 5 p.m. Both the reception and event are free and open to the public.

The Southern Folklife Collection has released a CD called “When I Get My New House Done: Western North Carolina Fiddle Tunes and Songs.” The album includes 26 field recordings of fiddle tunes and songs performed by Marcus Martin, one of Western North Carolina’s finest old-time musicians. The album was jointly produced by the Southern Folklife Collection and the N.C. Folklife Institute and can be purchased through the N.C. Folklife Institute’s online store at

Vartan Gregorian to speak at 75th anniversary finale

Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation, will be the keynote presenter at the 75th anniversary grand finale of UNC’s School of Information and Library Science at 3 p.m. on Sept. 17 in Memorial Hall.

The Carnegie Corporation provided the school with its first grant of $100,000, which allowed the school to operate and to make permanent its conditional accreditation from the American Library Association. The school began teaching classes on Sept. 17, 1931, which coincides with the finale celebration. Former N.C. Governor James B. Hunt will introduce Gregorian at the event.

Gregorian is the 12th president of the corporation, which he has presided over since 1997. He previously served as president of Brown University for nine years, and for eight years was president of the New York Public Library. Gregorian is the recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Please RSVP for the event by calling (919) 962-8366 or e-mailing
“Green to Gold” author to speak at UNC Kenan-Flagler

Environmental strategist and author Andrew S. Winston will speak Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.
at the Kenan-Flagler Business School on the Carolina campus. Winston’s talk is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler and UNC’s Institute for the Environment.

Winston is the co-author of “Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value and Build Competitive Advantage.” He will discuss the “green wave” of pressure on businesses to respond to environmental challenges and how global corporate leaders are making environmental stewardship a strategic competitive advantage.

Winston is founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, where he works with companies such as Timberland, Staples and Coca-Cola to use environmental thinking to drive growth. He has worked for the Boston Consulting Group, as marketing and development director for Time magazine, director of business development for MTV and VH1, and vice president of marketing and business development for a national retailer’s online operation.

The free, public talk will be held in Koury Auditorium, and a book signing will follow. Free parking will be available in the business school deck. RSVP to

The Center for Sustainable Enterprise helps executives and future business leaders understand how social and environmental considerations are changing the competitive landscape of business.

The UNC Institute for the Environment is leading Carolina’s world-renowned environmental community in developing solutions to these critical challenges.  It educates future environmental leaders and engages with the people of North Carolina and the nation to address and solve environmental challenges.

Southern Folklife Collection contact: Steve Weiss, (919) 962-1345
School of Information and Library Science contact: Wanda Monroe, (919) 843-8337 or
Kenan-Flagler contact: Allison Adams, (919) 962-7235 or
News Services contacts: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or; Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or