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Not for publication Sept. 17, 1997 -- No. 648

Leah Rabin, widow of late Israeli prime minister, to talk about violence at

Jordan Institute conference

Sunday, Sept. 21

William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center

1:45 p.m., media briefing

2 p.m., conversation with William Friday

Leah Rabin, the widow of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and a champion of children and families, will discuss her perspective on violence and trauma Sunday (Sept. 21) at a conference hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Jordan Institute for Families.

Rabin will discuss violence and trauma with William C. Friday, UNC president emeritus and president of the William R. Kenan Jr. Fund, in the Friday Center's main auditorium. Her late husband was assassinated in 1995 shortly after speaking at a Tel Aviv peace rally. The year before, he had won the Nobel Prize for peace in 1994 for trying to ease tension in the Middle East.

Rabin's appearance will kick off “I Can Fly, I Can Soar,” an international conference on childhood violence and trauma being held Sept. 21 - 23. The conference, hosted by the Jordan Institute for Families in the UNC-CH School of Social Work, will help commemorate the institute's first birthday. Basketball legend and UNC-CH alumnus Michael Jordan will speak at a gala fund-raiser dinner and auction Saturday. Last year, Jordan pledged $1 million to support the institute's work to strengthen families.

Media availability: At 1:45 p.m., Rabin will meet with media representatives in the Friday Center's Magnolia Lounge. At 2 p.m., Rabin will join Friday on stage in Grumman Auditorium for a discussion expected to last until 3:30 p.m. Media representatives are welcome to attend any of the conference sessions Sunday through Tuesday.

Visual opportunities: Media representatives may photograph/videotape Rabin during the media briefing or while she's on stage; however, event organizers ask media representatives to be unobtrusive when getting visuals of Rabin on stage. B-roll or still photos of the audience or other conference proceedings are OK.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available. Call News Services if you have special audio needs.

Media parking: Plenty of accessible parking is available in the Friday Center parking lot.

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