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Media Advisory

For immediate use 

Aug. 25, 2005 -- No. 375

Three reading program sessions will be
open to media; Tyson to give talks on campus

Monday, Aug. 29, 1-3 p.m.
Bingham and Dey halls
Polk Place, UNC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will open three of its Summer Reading Program sessions to interested media representatives on Monday (Aug. 29).

New students – about 3,700 freshmen and 800 transfers – will meet from 1-3 p.m. in 159 groups across campus to discuss "Blood Done Sign My Name," by Dr. Timothy B. Tyson. Trained faculty and staff volunteers lead the groups.

The book was selected last winter for Carolina’s seventh annual summer reading program by a committee of students, faculty and staff. The non-credit assignment is voluntary. Goals include stimulating discussion and critical thinking, as well as enhancing a sense of community among new students through a common intellectual experience.

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Carolina is committed to protecting the privacy of the students participating in the Summer Reading Program and their educational experiences with each other and discussion leaders. The university asks media representatives to be respectful of that commitment.

Neither cameras – video or still – nor tape recorders will be permitted inside the open sessions, but reporters and photographers are welcome to sit in designated areas, observe and take notes. Cameras and tape will be fine for interviews with open session discussion leaders and consenting students after the sessions.

The following sessions will be open to the media:

News Services staff will provide assistance at each open session site.

Directions: Bingham and Dey are between Wilson Library off South Road and South Building (across from the Old Well) on Cameron Avenue. Both halls are at the south end of the Polk Place quadrangle, at right angles to Wilson Library.

Tyson will give two talks on campus in the coming days:

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Contacts: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093 or (919) 638-0474; or Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or (919) 218-2380