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Dec. 18, 2002 -- No. 678

Scholar of modern Southern history, award-winning professor to address graduates Dec. 20

Friday (Dec. 20), 2 p.m.
Dean E. Smith Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. James Leloudis, associate professor of history, associate dean for honors and director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will serve as featured speaker at UNCís mid-year commencement ceremony.

Leloudisí chief interest is the history of the modern South, with emphasis on women, labor, education, race and reform. His published works include "Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World" (1987) and "Schooling the New South: Pedagogy, Self and Society in North Carolina, 1880-1920" (1996). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Undergraduate Students Teaching Award, the Ruth and Philip Hettleman Award for Outstanding Scholarly Accomplishment by Young Faculty, the Albert J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association and the Philip Taft Labor History Award from Cornell University. He is a Rocky Mount native and UNC alumnus.

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

Graduates: As of Tuesday (Dec. 17), administrators estimated the university will award about 636 bachelorís, 533 masterís and 258 doctoral degrees, and 36 professional degrees and certificates, for a total of 1,463.

Media kits
: Commencement information and an advance copy of Leloudisí 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 that day.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available; a multbox will be located at the bottom of section 124. Call Karen Moon (962-8595) by Thursday (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.

More information on commencement is available by clicking here.

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