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Dec. 18, 2001 -- No. 647

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Scholar of African-American literature, award-winning professor to address graduates Dec. 20

Thursday (Dec. 20), 2 p.m.

Dean E. Smith Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Trudier Harris-Lopez, J. Carlyle Sitterson professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will serve as featured speaker at UNCís mid-year commencement ceremony.

Harris-Lopez is an expert in African-American literature and folklore, and has published articles, book reviews and her own books (including "The Power of the Porch: The Storytellerís Craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan"). She has received honors for achievement, as well as excellence in teaching. Last year, she received the William C. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 1988 she received the Tanner Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

This commencement ceremony recognizes students who completed degrees in summer or December.

Graduates: As of Monday (Dec. 17), administrators estimated the university will award about 581 bachelorís, 437 masterís, 285 doctoral and 22 professional degrees, for a total of 1,325, as well as one certificate.

Media kits: Commencement information and, if available, an advance copy of Harris-Lopezís speech, will be available from Deb Saine of News Services on the arena floor at the bottom of section 110. Please contact her at 962-8415 if you would like assistance on human-interest features.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available; a multbox will be located at the bottom of section 124. Call Deb Saine (962-8415) by Wednesday (Dec. 19) if you have special broadcast needs.

Parking: Reserved parking for the media will be available in the parking lot in back of the Dean E. Smith Center.

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News Services contact: Deb Saine at (919) 962-8415