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Events Briefs

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Jan. 7, 2008

Note: For a photo of Ruby Dee, see end of briefs.

Exhibit to portray child trafficking

Photographs taken by UNC senior Angela Harper, telling the stories of child slaves in Ghana, will be exhibited Tuesday (Jan. 8) through Feb. 25 in the FedEx Global Education Center. Twelve to 15 photos will be displayed.

An opening reception for the exhibit, “Faces of Child Trafficking,” will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday (Jan. 11) in the center, at McCauley and Pittsboro Streets. Limited parking is available under the building, off McCauley.

Harper, an international studies and sociology major from Raleigh, took the pictures last summer while working for APPLE, the Association of People for Practice Life Education. The group works to free children from slavery and reunite them with their families. Often, families have sold the children into slavery because they could not support them, Harper said.

For more information, call (919) 962-2435 or visit

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

Ruby Dee to give MLK lecture at UNC

Actor, activist and author Ruby Dee will deliver the keynote lecture for UNC’s 27th annual Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Numerous activities will take place on campus during the celebration, from Jan. 20-25.

A longtime civil rights advocate, Dee has worked with the NAACP, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Council and other groups.

“Dee used the power she gained as an artist to bring about political change,” said Timothy McMillan, Ph.D., assistant professor of Afro-American studies and a member of the MLK Birthday Celebration Planning Committee. Dee, featured recently in the film “American Gangster,” also is known for her roles in the 1961 classic “Raisin in the Sun” and the television series “Touched By an Angel.”

Free tickets (limit two per person) for Dee’s lecture will be available beginning Jan. 16 at the Memorial Hall Box Office (843-3333, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Many of this year’s MLK events will focus on connections between art and activism. On Jan. 24, filmmaker Michèle Stephenson will attend the North Carolina debut of her award-winning documentary “Faces of Change.” The film follows the stories of five activists working to eradicate racism in New Orleans, Mauritania, India, Brazil and Bulgaria. A discussion with Stephenson will follow the screening.

The program will begin at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center, located at the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley streets. Limited parking is available under the building off McCauley.

For complete information on MLK week at UNC, call (919) 962-6962 or visit

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs contact: Lynne Degitz, (919) 843-6085,

Journalist to explore media coverage of health care

Journalist and author Suzanne Gordon will explore who and what counts in the media’s coverage of health care in a free public lecture Jan. 23 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on the UNC campus. The lecture is presented by School of Nursing and School of Journalism and Mass Communication. A reception immediately follows the lecture.

For the past 20 years, Gordon has been observing nurses and other caregivers in hospitals and health care institutions across the country and writing about care giving and health care reform issues. Gordon is the author of five books, co-editor of four others, and co-author, with Bernice Buresh, of “From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public,” published by Cornell University Press.

The book won an American Journal of Nursing Best Book of the Year Award in 2000. Her most recent book, “Nursing Against the Odds,” was also published by Cornell. She is currently writing a book called  “The Perfect Number” about staffing ratios in California and Australia.

Those who plan to attend the lecture should respond by Jan. 16 by e-mailing or calling (919) 966-4619. Public parking will be available in the UNC Hospitals parking deck on Manning Drive.

School of Nursing contact: Whitney L.J. Howell, (919) 966-4619,

Seminar to trace history of former Soviet states

History, anthropology, art history and political science professors will speak at the seminar “After the Fall: Russia Post-Communism,” offered on Jan. 26 by the UNC Program in the Humanities and Human Values.

The seminar will examine Russia after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, followed by the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991 and emergence in its place of 15 states – 12 of which organized as the Commonwealth of Independent States.

UNC and Duke University professors will speak about the Russian presidencies since then of the late Boris Yeltsin and current leader Vladimir Putin; the changing landscape for painting and sculpture in Russia today; and whether the triumph of democracy has been good for women in Russia.

The seminar, part of the program’s Adventures in Ideas series, is offered with support from the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program. Tuition is $120 ($105 if received by Jan. 24); an optional lunch is $10. Tuition for teachers, who will receive 10 contact hours for one unit of renewal credit, is $60 ($52.50 by Jan. 24). For details and to register, visit or call (919) 962-1544.

Program in the Humanities and Human Values contact: Eve Duffy, (919) 843-9386,

Talk to examine Montgomery bus boycott

Danielle McGuire, an assistant professor at Wayne State University, will speak on “Rape and the Roots of the Montgomery Bus Boycott” at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in UNC’s George Watts Hill Alumni Center on Stadium Drive.

Sparked by the arrest of the late Rosa Parks on Dec. 1, 1955, the boycott was an 11-month protest that ended with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that public bus segregation is unconstitutional.

McGuire, currently a fellow at UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, will speak on the boycott as not only the start of the Civil Rights movement, but also the last act in a struggle to protect black women from sexual violence.

The free public talk in the Royall Room of the alumni center will be the first of six James A. Hutchins Lectures during spring semester. They are presented by UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South with support from the UNC General Alumni Association.

Other topics will include global tobacco use; former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and American AIDS policy; and statelessness and violence that black women faced after the Civil War. For more information, visit

The lectures honor the late Hutchins (1917-2002), a 1937 graduate of Carolina who spent much of his life fighting world hunger.
Center for the Study of the American South contact: Nancy Schoonmaker, (919) 962-0503,

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News Services contacts: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415,; LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589