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Aug. 18, 2000 -- No. 423

Moesers to team up in leading summer reading program discussion groups

Monday, Aug. 21, 1-3 p.m.

3rd floor lounge, 2nd floor conference room

Aycock/Graham residence halls

(enter in the center door joining the two buildings)

New Chancellor James Moeser and his wife, Dr. Susan Moeser, are among the volunteers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who will lead discussion groups with new students Monday (Aug. 21) as part of the Carolina Summer Reading Program.

The program, begun last year, is part of the orientation process for new students. All incoming freshmen and transfers are required to read "Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War," a national bestseller by Tony Horwitz, and participate in small discussion sessions led by about 150 select volunteers from the ranks of faculty, administrators and staff. The program is designed to prepare students for some of their first-year courses as well as to stimulate conversation inside and outside the classroom about social issues.

The faculty-student committee that selected Horwitz’s book cited the opportunity for readers to ponder and discuss their views of war, race and region in U.S. history and contemporary culture, said Dr. Cynthia Wolf Johnson, associate vice chancellor for student learning.

The discussion sessions will be held Monday from 1-3 p.m. Chancellor Moeser’s group is scheduled to meet in the third-floor lounge serving Aycock and Graham residence halls. Susan Moeser’s session is in the same building, but in the second-floor conference room.

Horowitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the program’s featured book, is scheduled to conduct a live videoconference from Australia with the UNC-CH community later in the fall semester as a follow-up to the reading assignment and discussion sessions. The UNC-CH Center for the Study of the American South will co-sponsor the event with the reading program. Horowitz is in Australia researching a new book.

For more information about the reading program, click to www.unc.edu/srp. Johnson also can be reached at 966-4045.

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Contact: Mike McFarland