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Event Briefs

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Oct. 9, 2007

Artist to perform on harp-like African kora

African kora player Mamadou Diabate will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 11) at UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center, located at the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley streets.

Diabate has played the kora, an ancient, 21-string West African harp, with contemporary artists in the interest of bringing the sound to new audiences. But he remains rooted in tradition of kora players serving as storytellers and historians.

The performance, part of the Global Education Distinguished Speaker Series at UNC, is cosponsored by the UNC African Studies Center. Diabate also will perform during a reception Friday (Oct. 12) after the free public dedication of the FedEx Global Education Center building, set to begin at 4 p.m.

For more information about Diabate, visit For more information on the center, visit  

FedEx Global Education Center contact: Laura Griest, (919) 962-0318

Classical music critics from major newspapers to speak Sunday

Tim Page and Anthony Tommasini, chief classical music critics for The Washington Post and The New York Times, respectively, will speak on Sunday (Oct. 14) at 7:30 p.m. in Hill Hall Auditorium at UNC.

The free public event, “The Critics Speak,” will not be a lecture but a conversation, with questions and comments from the audience welcomed. Topics discussed will include the place of music and music criticism in America today, the role of the critic in American musical life, the health of the American orchestra, the state of music education, newspaper criticism and the Internet and the classical music recording business.

Page, the winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, has written books including “Music from the Road” (Oxford University Press, 1992) and “Glenn Gould: A Life in Pictures” (Random House, 2002). In the 1980s he hosted a show on WNYC-FM in New York that featured interviews with composers and musicians including the late Aaron Copeland, Virgil Thomson and Philip Glass.

Tommasini holds a master’s degree in music from Yale University and a doctorate in musical arts from Boston University. He wrote “Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle” (W.W. Norton, 1997). A pianist, he is heard on two Northeastern Records compact discs of Thomson’s music, “Portraits and Self Portraits” and “Mostly About Love: Songs and Vocal Works.” Both were funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The Critics Speak” is sponsored by the music department, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, all at UNC. For more information, visit
or call (919) 962-1039.

‘Dream Girls’ actress to perform play about AIDS

Sheryl Lee Ralph, the original Deena Jones in “Dream Girls” on Broadway, will perform her one-woman play “Sometimes I Cry” on Monday (Oct. 15) at UNC.

Ralph also is known for her role as Dee on the UPN sitcom “Moesha.”

Subtitled “The loves, lives and losses of women affected by HIV/AIDS,” the show will be at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Tickets, available from the hall box office on Cameron Avenue, are free to Carolina students with One Cards and $5 for others. The box office (919-843-3333) is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Call or visit for tickets.

The performance is presented by the following UNC units: Carolina Union Activities Board; Kappa Omicron, the UNC chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Counseling and Wellness Services in the Division of Student Affairs; the Carolina Women’s Center; the student NAACP chapter; the Center for AIDS Research; the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History; and Late Night Carolina, a student and staff committee that grants funding to student groups sponsoring late-night activities.

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Former defense secretary, panelists, to discuss world security

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry will give a free public talk about security challenges facing the United States and the world at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 19 in UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center, located at the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley streets.

Perry, who was defense secretary from 1994-1997 in the Clinton administration, also will discuss the subject with a panel of experts from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 in Room 1005 of the center. Admission is free but seating is limited; those planning to attend are asked to register in advance at; directions and details also are posted.

The events are sponsored by the Triangle Institute of Security Studies, an interdisciplinary consortium of faculty members from, Duke and N.C. State universities and UNC who specialize in national and international security.

Institute director Peter Feaver, Ph.D., a Duke professor of political science and public policy studies, also will be on the panel. Feaver worked as an adviser with the National Security Council Staff at the White House for the past two years.

The panel will be moderated by Richard H. Kohn, Ph.D., professor of history and of peace, war and defense in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, who specializes in American military history, emphasizing national security and military policy and strategy. The following UNC faculty members also will speak:

Parking will be available in a deck under the FedEx Global Education Center and a small lot behind it. Both are accessed from the south side of McCauley Street between South Columbia and Pittsboro streets.

Triangle Institute for Security Studies contact: Carolyn Pumphrey (919) 613-9280,

News Services contact: L.J. Toler, (919) 962-8589