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Dec. 16, 2003 -- No. 649

Historian, author Hunt to speak at UNCís mid-year commencement

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m.
Dean E. Smith Center

Dr. Michael Hunt, author and Everett H. Emerson professor of history at UNC, will speak at this yearís mid-year commencement. Hunt specializes in U.S. foreign relations, the Cold War in Asia, the Vietnam War and the post-1945 world. His ninth book, "The World Transformed: 1945 to the Present," was published last month by Bedford/St. Martinís. His other titles include "Lyndon Johnsonís War: Americaís Cold War Crusade in Vietnam, 1945-1968" (Hill and Wang, 1996) and "The Genesis of Chinese Communist Foreign Policy" (Columbia, 1996). Huntís speech will continue Carolinaís tradition of having UNC faculty members speak at December commencement, a practice begun in 1994. (For more information on Hunt, go to

Graduates: To date, 1,344 students pursuing bachelor, master, doctoral and professional degrees have applied to march on Sunday (Dec. 21). Administrators anticipate awarding about 619 bachelor, 471 master, 232 doctoral and 22 professional degrees.

Media kits: Commencement information will be available from L.J. Toler of News Services on the arena floor at the bottom of section 124. Advance copies of Huntís speech are expected to be available. Seating is unrestricted.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available at the bottom of section 124. Call L.J. Toler of News Services (962-8589) by Friday 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.

For more information, visit the commencement Web site,

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