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Event Briefs

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Sept. 24, 2007

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Time Magazine photojournalist to speak, present work

Award-winning Time Magazine photographer Steve Liss will speak and show his work Tuesday (Sept. 25) at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The free public lecture, at 7:30 p.m. in 111 Carroll Hall, will be this month’s “PhotoNight” program, presented by the UNC student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association, based in the school.

Since 1976, 43 of Liss’ photographs have appeared on the cover of Time. He has won several awards from the National Press Photographer’s Association, Pictures of the Year International and the World Press. He began his career at age 17 for his hometown weekly newspaper, The Quincy (Mass.) Sun.

Liss won the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for covering issues affecting the disadvantaged. In 2004, he received the Soros Justice Media Fellowship for his book “No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention.” In 2005, he received a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation of Washington, D.C., to continue his documentation of poverty in America.

Liss teaches photojournalism in the graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Orthodontist-turned-photographer to open ‘Women Empowered’ exhibit

Phil Borges, who travels the world photographing indigenous and tribal people in remote parts of the world, will speak at UNC Thursday (Sept. 27) for the opening of an exhibit of his work.

Borges’ free public talk and book signing, at 7 p.m. in the FedEx Global Education Center, will open “Women Empowered,” a display of 29 of his pictures of women in Africa, Asia and South America. With support from the nonprofit organization CARE, Borges not only photographed the women, but also gathered stories of how they empowered themselves and their communities.

At age 45, Borges, of Seattle, left his orthodontic practice for a second career in photography. Among his accomplishments since then are the book “Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion,” and “Enduring Spirit,” an exhibit and book on the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He has hosted three television documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic.

In 2001, Borges created the organization Bridges to Understanding, an on-line classroom project connecting students from indigenous cultures with their urban contemporaries in middle and high schools. His tools: interactive technology, photography, storytelling and travel.

“Women Empowered” will be free to the public in the FedEx Global Education Center, at McCauley and Pittsboro streets, through Jan. 3. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit or, or call (919) 962-2435.

FTC chair to speak at UNC Oct. 11

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras, who Washingtonian Magazine called one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington,” will speak at Carolina Oct. 11.

The UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication will present the free, public lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Carroll Hall 111 as part of the Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture Series.

Majoras’ speech, “The Role of Truthful Information in the Marketplace,” will cover topics including how the FTC responds to the information market.

Since Majoras was sworn in as chairwoman in August 2004, she has directed efforts to protect consumers from emerging frauds including identity theft, spy ware and deceptive spam. In 2006, President Bush appointed her co-chair of his Identity Theft Task Force.

Majoras was deputy assistant attorney general and principal deputy of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division from 2001 until 2003. Previously, she was a partner in the antitrust section of the international law firm Jones Day, representing clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, monopolization, price fixing, distribution issues and governmental investigations.

Majoras received the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ 2007 Privacy Leadership Award, as well as the 2007 Award for Excellence in the Field of Public Policy given by RSA Security. SC Magazine named her one of the Top Five Influential Security Thinkers in 2006.

Anna Deavere Smith cancels UNC performance

Playwright, actress and performance artist Anna Deavere Smith has cancelled her Oct. 16 appearance in UNC’s Memorial Hall because of scheduling conflicts. Smith, who appeared on TV’s “The West Wing,” was to give a free public talk on the role of the arts in catalyzing UNC’s year-long discussion of the death penalty.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication contact: Kyle York, (919) 966-3323 or
FedEx Global Education Center contact: Laura Griest, (919) 962-0318,
Carolina Performing Arts contact: Harry Kaplowitz, (919) 843-3119,
News Services contact: LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589