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210 Pittsboro Street, Campus Box 6210
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-6210
(919) 962-2091   FAX: (919) 962-2279


Not for publication
Oct. 16, 1997 -- No. 750

Democratic activist, former president of Haiti to meet the media at UNC-CH

Monday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m.,
North Parlor, Carolina Inn,
Parking lot off Pittsboro Street

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, democratic revolutionary and former president of Haiti, will meet with media representatives at 2 p.m. Monday (Oct. 20) in the North Parlor of the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill.

Aristide will be in town to deliver the university's second Frank Porter Graham Lecture at 8 p.m. Monday in Memorial Hall on Cameron Avenue. “The Persistence of Poverty in the Age of Globalization” will be his topic. The lecture and a reception afterward will be free and open to the public.

This is Aristide's first visit to North Carolina, whose U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms opposed U.S. intervention in Haiti on Aristide's behalf.

Since completing his five-year term as president earlier this year, Aristide has continued working to ensure transition to democracy in Haiti, where he heads the Aristide Foundation for Democracy. He also is concerned about how underdeveloped countries will fare in an increasingly advanced global marketplace.

News releases: News Services' September release on Aristide, with biography material and information on his Carolina visit, will be available at the news conference. To have a copy faxed in advance, call Sarah Williams or Laura J. Toler at News Services, 962-2091.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available at the media briefing. Anyone wishing to cover the evening lecture should contact Karen Moon at News Services, 962-2091, by noon Monday, Oct. 20.

Parking: Parking at the Carolina Inn will be first come, first served. To reach the inn parking lot from Franklin Street, turn or continue south on South Columbia Street in the left, then middle, lane. At the stoplight at Cameron Avenue, turn right onto Cameron from the center lane into the left lane, then quickly left into the left lane of Pittsboro Street headed south, and left into the inn lot. To avoid being charged, tell the attendant you are with the media for the Aristide event. The concierge in the lobby can direct you to the North Parlor.

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News Services contacts: Laura J. Toler, print; Karen Moon, broadcast