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Oct. 23, 2007

Lecture to mark secessionists as minority before Civil War

When Abraham Lincoln was first elected, most Southerners did not favor rebellion, says historian William Freehling, Ph.D., of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. They allied with the Confederacy only after Lincoln called up troops to prevent secession.

Freehling will speak on these topic in a free public lecture Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on Stadium Drive. His talk, “The Road to Disunion: The Climactic Uncertainty,” is one of this fall’s James A. Hutchins Lectures sponsored by the UNC Center for the Study of the American South, with support from the General Alumni Association. The series honors UNC alumnus James Alexander Hutchins Jr. (1917-2002).

A senior fellow at the foundation in Charlottesville, Freehling has taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities and the universities of Michigan and California, Berkeley. He has studied the Civil War and the South for 40 years and wrote the trilogy “Road to Disunion.” The three volumes are subtitled “Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina,” “Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861” and “The South Versus the South: How Southern Anti-Confederates Shaped the Course of the Civil War.”

For more information, visit or call (919) 962-5665.

The last Hutchins Lecture this fall, also free to the public, will be “Unleashing the Loas: The Literary Legacy of the Haitian Revolution in the U.S. South and the Caribbean,” on Nov. 6at 3:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center. The speaker will be John Wharton Lowe, a professor of English and comparative literature at Louisiana State University.

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Center for the Study of the American South contact: Lisa Eveleigh (919) 962-0506,

Workshop on starting a business set for Nov. 5-9

Arthur Lipper III, an investment banker, management consultant and author, will teach a workshop on how to open your own business Nov. 5-9 for the UNC School of Information and Library Science.

The workshop, “Business Ownership Preparation: A Workshop for Future Employers,” will cover topics including business law, evaluating the idea, marketing and business planning. Classes will meet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. They will be held in 207 Howell Hall on Nov. 5-8 and in 209 Manning Hall on Nov. 9.

Fees are $1,495 for the public and $900 for all students with I.D.s. Discount rates for groups of three or more are $1,395 for the public and $825 for students. To register or for more information, call (919) 962-8366 or visit To register, click to Groups should register by calling.

School of Information and Library Science contact: Wanda Monroe, (919) 843-8337,

Kenan Writer Tevis to read from her work Nov. 8

Joni Tevis, the 2007-2008 Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC, will give a free public reading Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Donovan Lounge (Room 223) of Greenlaw Hall.

Tevis is teaching classes during her yearlong residency in the creative writing program in the department of English and comparative literature. The Kenan Writer position is funded by the Spray Foundation of Atlanta and by UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Tevis wrote “The Wet Collection” (Milkweed Editions, July 2007), a book of lyric essays exploring intersections among natural history, ancient texts, American history, family myths, folk heroes and found objects.

After receiving a 2006 Minnesota State Arts Board grant to further her research on Herman Melville and Woodrow Wilson, Tevis became interested in the characters, often nameless, who rate a mention in primary texts such as diaries, ship logs and medical records, but about whom little more is known.

Her current project casts light on the possible lives of people such as Melville’s shipmates on the whaler Acushnet, as well as the farmers and factory workers who lined the streets of Minneapolis and San Francisco during Wilson’s ill-fated Western speaking tour of 1919.

Tevis received doctoral and master’s of fine arts degrees from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

In 2006, Tevis’ work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in nonfiction. The literary prize honors the best poems, essays and short stories published by small presses. Her poems and essays have appeared in literary publications including Shenandoah, Southern Humanities Review, The Southeast Review and the Bellingham Review.

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College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093,

Renowned global-warming scientist to speak at climate change seminar

Prominent paleoclimatologist Michael Mann, Ph.D., will deliver a free public talk about global warming’s impact on today’s world as part of the second Annual Carolina Climate Change Seminar at UNC. The lecture will be on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. in the Carroll Hall Auditorium.

Mann’s famous “hockey stick graph,” a reconstruction of the climate change patterns of the Northern Hemisphere over the past millennium, gives unprecedented evidence to support global warming and has sparked fervent debates among politicians in Washington D.C. His talk is titled, “Global Climate Change: The Impacts, Urgency, and Likely Consequences to Humanity.”

Mann directs the Earth Systems Science Center of Pennsylvania State University. Scientific American magazine has recognized Mann as one of 50 leading visionaries in science and technology.

Mann is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change third scientific assessment report and has testified before the U.S. Senate about global warming. He also co-founded the Web site

The Carolina Climate Change Seminar is sponsored by the departments of geological sciences and marine sciences, the Institute for the Environment and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Oscar winner Louise Fletcher to receive PlayMaker Award

Oscar-winning actress and Carolina alumna Louise Fletcher will receive the PlayMaker Distinguished Achievement Award at the 20th annual PlayMakers Ball Nov. 10 at UNC.

Remaining tickets to the ball, to be held at the Carolina Inn, are limited in number. For tickets, call (919) 452-8417 or email The event is the annual fundraising gala for PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theatre in residence in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. The 2007 theme is “A Designer’s Dream.”
Fletcher is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the tyrannical Nurse Ratched in the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” for which she won the 1975 American and British Academy Awards for Best Actress. She is a 1957 graduate of UNC’s dramatic art department and a self-described “Playmaker,” who trained with the late Foster Fitz-Simons, a longtime PlayMakers member and professor of dramatic art, and acted in the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills” in Cherokee.

 “One of the best lessons I learned was through my experience working as a Playmaker,” Fletcher said. “I dug ditches to lay the cable in [UNC’s] Forest Theatre. I built sets and moved them. I learned how to stage-manage. All these jobs gave me a healthy attitude about the big picture.”

Past winners of the award include actors Jack Palance, Eva Marie Saint, Faye Dunaway and Hume Cronyn; New York Times critic Frank Rich; costume designer William Ivey Long,; director Gene Saks; and Broadway composer and lyricist Richard Adler.

Designers for the ball include Giorgios Bakatsias of Giorgios Hospitality Group; Kathy Buck of the Purple Puddle; McKay Coble, chair of the dramatic art department, with help from the PlayMakers Production Shops; Bitty Holton of Chapel Hill; J.W. Walton of The Catering Company; and Melanie Woods of MW Design.

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

Cynthia Hopkins, band Gloria Deluxe, to perform Nov. 10

Obie and Bessie Award-winning performance artist Cynthia Hopkins and her band Gloria Deluxe will present “Must Don’t Whip ’Um” Nov. 10 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Hopkins weaves live action, videos and documentary footage into a high-spirited blend of alt-country, garage rock, honky-tonk, cabaret and Southern soul.

The piece will be performed at 8 p.m. in the Beasley-Curtis Auditorium at Memorial Hall, opening Carolina Performing Arts’ 2007-08 experimental series Urban Voices.

“Cynthia Hopkins combines compelling storytelling, haunting surrealism and virtuosic musicianship in this engaging performance,” said Emil Kang, UNC’s executive director for the arts.

In “Must Don’t Whip ’Um,” Hopkins and her band act out a fictional tale about Ms. Cameron Seymour – neurologist, amnesiac, identity thief and Sufi – who disappears mysteriously during an ecstatic farewell concert; it is a woman’s escape from her circumstances.

Iranian-American sufi/psychedelic rock singer/songwriter Haale will continue the Urban Voices series on March 19, followed by Bang on a Can Marathon on April 12. The marathon features Wilco’s Glen Kotche, commissioned music by Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, and Burmese drumming sensation Kyaw Kyaw Naing.

Tickets for “Must Don’t Whip ’Um” are available online at, by calling (919) 843-3333 and at the Memorial Hall Box Office on Cameron Avenue, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are $10 for Carolina students and $20 for others. Tickets for all other performances in the 2007-08 Carolina Performing Arts season also are on sale now.

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

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