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* *Jackson directs Institute of African-American Research
* *Whitehead lecture set for Aug. 19
* *‘Look Homeward, Angel’ drawings now on view
* *Entertainment on Franklin Street
* *Summer at the Ackland
* *Sunset Serenade
* *‘Launching the Venture’ adds introductory class
* *Ambulatory Care Center bus stop relocates Aug. 24
* *Shaping the library’s digital presence through collaboration
* *Focus of Hapa exhibit expands
* *Mindfulness can make a difference
* *‘Healthy Aging Program’ conference at Friday Center


Jackson directs Institute of African-American Research



Fatimah L.C. Jackson has been appointed director of the Institute of African American Research. An expert on the health of African-Americans and Africans, Jackson also will be an anthropology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has studied genetics, demographics history and dietary patterns, and conducted research on health disparities.

Jackson came here from the University of Maryland in College Park, where she was professor of biological anthropology and Distinguished Scholar Teacher.

Conducting research in Africa, Jackson co-founded the first human DNA bank on the continent. The bank has archived more than 2,000 DNA samples, which will help with studies of African heritage.

Jackson earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University, where she went on to teach. She also has taught at the universities of California (Berkeley), Florida and Khartoum in Sudan. She is fluent in five languages.

Whitehead lecture set
for Aug. 19

Arrel Toews, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, will deliver the School of Medicine’s 2009 Richard H. Whitehead Lecture on Aug. 19 at noon in 2204 Medical Biomolecular Research Building.

Toews’ lecture is titled “To Make the Best Better – Farm Stories, Deep Thinkers, Good Doctors.” Awards to faculty and students will be presented after the lecture and a reception will follow.

‘Look Homeward, Angel’ drawings now on view

The original drawings for the first illustrated edition of Thomas Wolfe’s novel “Look Homeward, Angel” make up an exhibition at the Center for the Study of the American South through Sept. 30.

More than 50 of Douglas Gorsline’s pen-and-brush drawings are on loan from the North Carolina Collection. They were commissioned in the 1940s by Charles Scribner’s Sons.

The center is located in the Love House and Hutchins Forum at 410 E. Franklin St. Preferred viewing hours are on Thursdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. A reception for the exhibit, free and open to the public, will be held Aug. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Entertainment on
Franklin Street

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Chapel Hill Mayor’s Office have initiated a six-week pilot program called Franklin Street Comes Alive! to encourage more people to come downtown at night to support local businesses.

Local artists will play live music or perform in designated areas along the sidewalk on Franklin Street on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.

Performers will be located at three locations on Franklin Street: in front of the Bank of America building, in front of The Bicycle Chain and in front of the UNC ITS building.

For information and to apply to perform, refer to

Summer at the Ackland
* *The Ackland Art Museum stays open late every second Friday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. for Art After Dark. This month’s free event on Aug. 14 will feature clay sculptor Carmen Elliot in the second installment of “Out of Studio,” an ongoing initiative to make connections between the Ackland and UNC’s community of contemporary artists. In addition, classically trained synthesizer composer Andrew Pollack will perform.

* *Art and Literature in the Galleries continues at the Ackland with a focus on two exhibitions, “Sage in the Bamboo Grove: The Legacy of Sherman E. Lee” and “Aldwyth: Work V./Work N. – Collage and Assemblage 1991 - 2009.”

Ackland educator Leslie Balkany and Jan Bardsley, associate professor of Asian Studies, will facilitate an Aug. 19 discussion about “The Tale of Genji” by Lady Murasaki Shikibo, translated and abridged by Edward G. Seidensticker. The same piece will be the topic of the Aug. 20 discussion, facilitated by Balkany. Admission is free for Ackland members and is $5 for non-members.

* *In more Ackland news, the museum has recently been awarded reaccreditation from the American Association of Museums, earning the highest national recognition afforded to the nation’s museums. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status. The Ackland is one of only 13 accredited art museums in North Carolina.

Sunset Serenade

As part of free back-to-school events, Carolina’s students will entertain for an hour of a cappella music on Polk Place in front of Wilson Library on Aug. 24, from 8 to 9 p.m.

‘Launching the Venture’ adds introductory class

The popular “Launching the Venture” series (LTV) offered by the Office of Technology Development and the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative has added a new introductory class for everyone in the UNC community with any type of entrepreneurial idea.

The course meets Monday evenings for the first half of the fall semester. The purpose of this new course is to help participants build their teams and prepare their applications to get into the next LTV course. Students who have already taken an introductory entrepreneurship course and have a team may skip the intro class and apply directly for LTV II, which begins in October.

ambulatory care center bus stop relocates Aug. 24

Beginning Aug. 24, the bus stop and shelter at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) will be relocated eastward to the side of the pedestrian crosswalk on Mason Farm Road to provide safer access to buses.

All bus routes and schedule times for Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle Transit will remain unchanged. An ADA-accessible sidewalk is available to and from the ACC and the new bus stop.

To see a map of the area, refer to

Shaping the library’s
digital presence
through collaboration


Kirill Fesenko, director of the Carolina Digital Library and Archives (CDLA), will present an overview Sept. 2 of the CDLA program, services and the challenges and opportunities created by librarian-scholar collaborations working to define the future of the digital collection and services. The event is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly Room. 

A tour of the CDLA will be offered at 1:30 p.m. To register for the free event, refer to Indicate at registration whether you will attend the tour. 

The CDLA was established in 2007 to build and manage digital collections at Carolina to improve access to intellectual and cultural resources in all formats. The event is co-sponsored by ITS Teaching and Learning, the Odum Institute’s Working Group on Scholarly Communication and the Center for Faculty Excellence.

Focus of Hapa exhibit expands

The Office of International Affairs is using a combination of film and new online communication technologies to broaden the focus of the exhibition titled “kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa,” currently at the FedEx Global Education Center.

The 80-photograph display that features portraits of individuals with Asian and Pacific Rim ancestry includes the participants’ handwritten responses to the question “What are you?” – a question often asked of those with ethnically ambiguous physical features.

To expand the focus of the exhibition, International Affairs is encouraging people of different backgrounds and ethnicities to share their own stories in a film that will be included in the exhibition and shared online through the interactive Web site VoiceThread ( The first version of the film debuted July 30. The film will be updated as more people participate, creating a constantly evolving reflection of the community. The VoiceThread projects will go live by the beginning of September.

The Global Education Center will offer a filming opportunity during the show’s public reception, to be held Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. when artist Kip Fulbeck will be in attendance.

A VoiceThread blog on the hapa project is currently being created through a partnership with Carolina Creative Campus, an ongoing project led by the Office of the Executive Director for the Arts. Clips from the film along with selected exhibit portraits will be used to spur dialogue about diasporas, this year’s Creative Campus focus.

The use of VoiceThread has expanded tremendously among educators seeking a creative learning tool that is appealing to students. For this reason, International Affairs plans to use VoiceThread and the clips from the film to create age-appropriate activities for North Carolina’s K-12 schools.

Mindfulness can make
a difference

The UNC Mindfulness-based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers training in meditation and mind-body awareness that teaches how to slow down, set priorities and stay calm, focused and relaxed in the midst of a busy life.

These practices will enhance the body’s natural adaptive healing ability and will cultivate the mind’s clarity and insight.

Fall day classes begin Sept. 15 through Nov. 10. Evening classes begin Oct. 12 through Nov. 30.

‘Healthy Aging Program’ conference at Friday Center

The Friday Center will host a conference Sept. 15 - 16 sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many additional groups, among them Carolina centers and institutes. Registration is open now for “Promoting Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging.”

Featured speakers will be Larry Adelman, co-director of California Newsreel and executive producer of the PBS series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?,” and Leonard Syme, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.


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* *N.C. legislators’ commitment to higher education evident in budget

* *Bain report identifies areas to increase efficiency, reduce costs

* *Victoria Madden has an acumen for science and an affinity for people

* *Nelson Ferebee Taylor Residence Hall dedicated

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