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Event Briefs

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Nov. 12, 2007

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AP photo editor, former bureau chief to present photo exhibit at UNC

Walter Mears, former Washington bureau chief for The Associated Press, and Kiichiro Sato, AP photo editor in Ohio, will present an exhibit illustrating the history of the AP on Thursday (Nov. 15) at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The free, public lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in 111 Carroll Hall.

Mears won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1977 for his coverage of the 1976 presidential campaign. Sato, a native of Yokohama, Japan, joined the AP in January 2005 after serving as director of photography at the Mobile (Ala.) Register.

The 18-panel exhibit, which will be on display in Carroll Hall today through Friday (Nov. 12-16), incorporates iconic photographs and other striking images from the AP’s library and corporate archives, telling the stories behind the New York-based news agency’s documentation of world events since its founding in 1846.

The exhibit is based on the AP’s recently published history, “Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace and Everything Else.”
Photos: For a photo of Walter Mears, visit
For a photo of Kiichiro Sato, visit
For a photo from the exhibit, visit
Cutline: Koreans cross over the mostly destroyed, frigid bridge at the Tae Dong River in December 1950 as they flee the advancing North Koreans. Credit: AP photo by Max Desfor          

School of Journalism and Mass Communication contact: Morgan Ellis, (919) 843-0472,


SPIRE fellows host annual distinguished scholar seminar

Fellows from the SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host approximately 30 undergraduate students from North Carolina’s minority serving universities as part of their 8th annual Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series on Friday (Nov. 16).

The program begins at 11 a.m. with a seminar by Benjamin Cuker, professor of marine and environmental science at Hampton University, titled “Diverse approaches to building diversity: examples and best practices from the aquatic sciences.” It is free and open to the public and will be held in  Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s plaza conference room at 11 a.m.

"The SPIRE Program addresses two critical issues in higher education, linking individuals preparing for the professorate with undergraduates and enabling students from underserved communities to explore opportunities in the sciences,” Cuker said. “The SPIRE Program helps solve this problem and does so with emphasis on working with underrepresented students. In order for the U.S. to remain competitive in science, we must tap all the pools of talented students. Doing so will bring fresh perspectives, so necessary to maintaining the vitality of scientific endeavor."

This year, scholarships have been awarded to undergraduate students from North Carolina universities that partner with the SPIRE program, including Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Shaw University, UNC-Pembroke and Winston-Salem State University.

 The students have been invited to participate in two days of activities including a breakfast panel with faculty members of UNC’s graduate programs, an information session on undergraduate summer research programs, a roundtable discussion with graduate students and lab tours.

“The distinguished scholar seminar is only one example of the commitment the program and its participants have towards increasing diversity in the sciences. SPIRE fellows are truly passionate about combining research excellence and science education, and are proving to be instrumental in sparking enthusiasm for science careers among undergraduate students at our partner universities,” said Dr. Leslie Lerea, director of the SPIRE Program.
For more about SPIRE, visit:
School of Medicine contact: Les Lang, (919) 843-9687 or


New music to debut Friday (Nov. 16) in Hill Hall

Three North Carolina composers will present their latest works in a concert, “Music From Our Own,” at 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 16) in UNC’s Hill Hall Auditorium.

Experimental sounds involving computers, unusual instrumental techniques and more conventional sounds will be part of the program of modern music by Allen Anderson, Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill associate professor of composition; Stephen Anderson, D.M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill assistant professor of jazz studies and composition; and Mark Engebretson, D.M.A., assistant professor of composition and electronic music at UNC-Greensboro.

Stephen Anderson (piano) and Engebretson (saxophone, computers) also will perform in the concert, as will  Susan Fancher of Greensboro (saxophone), a recording artist on the Innova and New World Records labels and a columnist in “Saxophone Journal”; Christopher Deane, associate professor of percussion at the University of North Texas; soprano Terry Rhodes, UNC-Chapel Hill music professor; and pianist Won Min Kim, an adjunct faculty member in music at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Allen Anderson’s piece will feature vocals by Rhodes, accompanied by Kim. In Stephen Anderson’s work, commissioned by Deane, Anderson said, “I use percussion mallets and play inside the piano. I also play normally on the keyboard.” Live interactive electronics will characterize Engebretson’s piece, in which he plays saxophone and a computer answers his phrases with different notes.

The concert is part of the UNC music department’s William S. Newman Artists Series. General admission is $15 for the public and $10 for UNC students, faculty and staff. For information and tickets, call (919) 962-1039.

Music department contact: Stephen Anderson, (919) 962-1039,


Carolina Ballet to dance ‘Nutcracker’ at UNC

Carolina Ballet will perform the fantasy classic ‘Nutcracker,’ a holiday season staple, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at UNC.

Four performances will take place in the Beasley-Curtis Auditorium of Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30; 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. The performances are sponsored by Carolina Performing Arts as part of their special events programming.

Based on author E.T.A. Hoffman’s ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,’ the original work was Tchaikovsky’s third and last major ballet. Carolina Ballet’s founder and artistic director Robert Weiss was a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and past artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet.

“‘Nutcracker’ really captures the beauty of imagination,” said Emil Kang, UNC’s executive director for the arts. “It brings out the child in all of us. As always, we’re pleased to have it as part of our season.”

Tickets for ‘Nutcracker’ at UNC are $30 to $60, $18 for children under 12 and $10 for Carolina students. For tickets and information, visit, call (919) 843-3333, or visit the Memorial Hall Box Office on Cameron Avenue, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Tickets for other performances in the 2007-08 Carolina Performing Arts season also are on sale.

Carolina Performing Arts contact: Harry Kaplowitz, (919) 843-3119,

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