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Media Advisory

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Feb. 17, 2004 -- No. 64

Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity
Director John Edwards to be welcomed

Friday, Feb. 18
Reception, 3 p.m.; media availability to follow
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law
Ridge Road, Chapel Hill

John Edwards, who this week became director of the new Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be officially welcomed back to Carolina at a reception hosted by students, faculty and staff of the School of Law. The reception will be held at 3 p.m. in the Rotunda of the School of Law, the new centerís campus home. Edwards will be available to the media following the reception.

Edwards, who earned his law degree from Carolina in 1977 and is a former U.S. Senator and vice presidential candidate, will be available for interviews for a short time following the reception. Media representatives interested in scheduling time with Edwards must contact the News Services staff below.

The center is a nonpartisan initiative, bringing together UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and other national public policy experts to examine innovative and practical ideas for moving more Americans out of poverty and into the middle class. Besides leading the new center, Edwards will serve as a guest lecturer on campus.

Edwards holds a part-time, two-year, fixed-term faculty position. He has been designated a University Professor and holds an Alumni Distinguished Professorship, which is funded by private gifts to the university.

Media parking: There is no parking available at the School of Law and vehicles may not park in the driveway circle in front of the building. It is a fire lane. Media may park in the UNC Visitor Parking Lot on Highway 54/Raleigh Road, just east of the intersection of Raleigh Road and Ridge Road/Country Club Drive and a short walk from the law school.

Satellite truck parking: Media outlets wishing to park satellite trucks are encouraged to contact Karen Moon or Lisa Katz in advance to make arrangements.

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News Services contacts: Lisa Katz, 919-962-2093, lisa_katz@unc.edu or Karen Moon, 919-962-8595, karen_moon@unc.edu