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* * Apply for Kenan-Biddle grants by Oct. 14
* * Giving research a voice
* * First Amendment Day          
* * International Coffee Hour
* * Honoring Eisdorfer’s 30 years with a sale at the Bull’s Head Bookshop
* * SAFE@unc website launches
* * Prostate screenings 
* * Lectures, seminars, symposia
* * Howlin’ Wolf to be remembered in Sept. 19 symposium, concert
* * Readings
* * Blood drives
* * Public Service Fair, Hunger Lunch
* * Deadlines to watch

Apply for Kenan-Biddle grants by Oct. 14

The University is accepting applications for the 2011–12 Kenan-Biddle Partnership, a funding opportunity for student-initiated projects that are based on collaboration with fellow students at Duke University.

The partnership, funded by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and now in its second year, will offer $5,000 grants to accepted proposals that strengthen established collaborations between Duke and UNC or encourage new ones, enhancing the intellectual life at both universities.

Each project proposal must include a student or students who serve as the project initiator, said Ron Strauss, executive associate provost. Proposals should be designed to stimulate collaborative arts, sciences and humanities projects between the two universities.

The proposal should be specific about the activities and duties the participants would undertake and must include at least one public exhibition, presentation or performance. Preference will be given to proposals made jointly by students from both institutions.

The application deadline is Oct. 14, and decisions will be announced in November for a Jan. 1, 2012 start.

For additional information about the Kenan-Biddle Partnership, see To see a list of last year’s recipients, refer to

Giving research a voice

A free workshop will be held Sept. 30 to help Carolina faculty, postdocs and graduate students develop clear and compelling descriptions of their research when speaking to broad audiences. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stone Center’s Multipurpose Room.

Tom Linden, director of UNC’s Medical and Science Journalism Program, and NBC health and science correspondent Helen Chickering will offer hands-on training to help participants craft informative messages about their work. A panel of experienced researchers who have used communication to further their own projects and careers will speak about communicating research.

The workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Center for Faculty Excellence, NC TraCS Institute, Training Initiative in Biomedical and Biological Sciences, Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

First Amendment Day

On Sept. 27, the University will celebrate the third annual First Amendment Day, a campus-wide event designed to celebrate the First Amendment and to explore its role in the lives of Carolina students. There will be readings from banned books, singing of banned music and discussions of the importance of each of the rights protected by the amendment.

A highlight will be the day’s keynote address, to be given by Mary-Rose Papandrea, associate professor at the Boston College School of Law. It will be held in 111 Carroll Hall from 7 to 8 p.m.

International Coffee Hour

The Center for Global Initiatives hosts a monthly social hour for both international and American members of the Carolina community, providing a place to chat about resources, opportunities and challenges on campus. The events are held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Global Cup Café in the FedEx Global Education Center. The Center for Global Initiatives hosts the next one, on Sept. 15, followed by coffee hours this semester on Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.


Honoring Eisdorfer’s 30 years
with a sale at the Bull’s Head Bookshop

The Bull’s Head Bookshop will be putting everything in the store on sale at 30 percent off on Sept. 28 – 1 percent for every year that bookshop manager Erica Eisdorfer has been at Carolina. Sept. 28 is her last day before retiring, and Eisdorfer will serve cake to everyone who stops by between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. To read more about Eisdorfer, see

SAFE@unc website launches

The University’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Training and Education Task Force has mounted a new website,, to provide support, information and resources to survivors of interpersonal violence and their allies.

The site also includes information for becoming informed allies, including dates for this fall’s HAVEN training sessions.

Prostate screenings

UNC Health Care will offer free prostate cancer screenings from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, open to men ages 40 and older and for those who have a family history of prostate cancer. The screenings will be held in the Urology Clinic on the second floor of N.C. Memorial Hospital. Walk-ins are welcome, or call 966-1315 for an appointment.

Lectures, seminars, symposia

* *Sept. 15 – UNC pharmacy alumna Amy Greeson, founder of the Healing Seekers, will speak about “The Search for Miracle Drugs” at 2:30 p.m. at the Seymour Center at 2551 Homestead Rd. For information, call 968-2070.

* *Sept. 19 – The Institute of Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy will celebrate the institute’s five-year anniversary with a symposium, to be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Friday Center.

* *Sept. 19 – Adam Mendelsohn, assistant professor of Jewish studies at the College of Charleston, will give the Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lecture on the Jewish Experience in the American South at 7:30 p.m. at the Friday Center. Title of his talk will be “Jews and the Civil War: Reevaluating the Legacy of the Civil War for America’s Jews.”

* *Sept. 20 – President Emeritus William Friday and Knight Commission Executive Director Amy Perko will speak about “The Arms Race in College Athletics” in a Lunch & Learn talk sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics. It will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Hyde Hall’s University Room. The talk and lunch are free; registration is required.

* *Sept. 22 – Sara Laschever, author of “Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Negotiation and Positive Strategies for Change,” will give a talk from 4 to 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hooker Research Center, titled “Ask for it! Women and the Power of Negotiation.” Free and open to the University community, the talk will be followed at 5 p.m. by the Association of Women Faculty and Professionals’ fall reception.

* *Sept. 22 – NC TraCS will sponsor “Bench to Bedside Translational Research” as part of its Doing Translational Research Series. It will be held at 5 p.m. in the Brinkhous-Bullitt Conference Room 219.

* *Sept. 22 – David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art at Columbia University, will give the 14th Hanes Lecture, “Pictures, Books and Science: From Description to Diagram in the Circle of Galileo.” It will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the Wilson Special Collections Library, preceded at 5 p.m. by a reception and viewing of the exhibit, “Meaningful Marks: Images and Text and the History of the Book.”

* *Sept. 24 – The Program in the Humanities and Human Values will present “Revolutions from the Bastille to the Arab Spring.” Join three eminent professors of history as they explore what makes, shapes or breaks revolutions. The program will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Room 2603  of the School of Government. Registration is required, with fee. See or call 962-1544.

* *Sept. 30–Oct. 1 – The Program in the Humanities and Human Values will present “Remaking the World in the Wake of World War I,” which will take a global perspective to see how postwar Wilsonian idealism played out in the two decades following World War I. The program will be held at the Center for School Leadership Development beginning Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m. and continuing through Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.  Registration is required, with fee. See or call 962-1544.

* *Oct. 19–20 – World View will sponsor its K-12 Global Education Symposium, “Peace and Conflict: Ten Years after 9/11,” to be held at the Friday Center. Featured sessions will include Rye Barcott, “It Happened on the Way to War”; Peter Feaver, “America’s Global Role after 9/11”; and Charles Kurzman, “Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists.”

Howlin’ Wolf to be remembered in Sept. 19 symposium, concert

The life of legendary blues singer Howlin’ Wolf will be celebrated in a symposium and concert Sept. 19, sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library. The concert, featuring blues standouts Alvin Youngblood Hart, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Jody Williams and Henry Gray, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the FPG Student Union. Tickets will be sold through the Carolina Union Box Office (962-1449).

Prior to the concert, a free public symposium will take place in Wilson Library. At 5:30 p.m., blues scholar Peter Guralnick will discuss Howlin’ Wolf’s life and music. Guralnick, who is writing a book about Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, will be joined at 6:30 p.m. for a conversation with Phillips’ son Knox Phillips.


* *Sept. 15 – Charlie Thompson will read from his new book “Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World.” It will be held at the Center for the Study of the American South from noon to 1 p.m.

* *Sept. 20 – William Rohe, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of City and Regional Planning, will read from his new book “The Research Triangle: From Tobacco Road to Global Prominence.” It will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Bull’s Head Bookshop.

Blood drives

Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of more than 60 American Red Cross blood drives along the East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of more than 2,100 units of blood. The Carolina community is asked to help by making donations at one of the following drives:

* *Sept. 19 – ROTC Armory/Drill Deck; 1–5:30 p.m.;

* *Sept. 19 – Granville Towers/American Red Cross bus; 1:30–6 p.m.;

* *Sept. 26 – Kappa Sigma House/American Red Cross bus; 3–7:30 p.m.;

* *Sept. 27 – UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont/first floor; 2–6:30 p.m.; and

* *Sept. 28 – Hooker Building/lower atrium; noon–4:30 p.m.

To register and more information, see

Public Service Fair, Hunger Lunch

Learn about volunteer opportunities from 36 local nonprofit groups on Sept. 21 at the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Public Service Fair, to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pit. Also join the Hunger Lunch – $3 for all-you-can-eat beans, rice and cornbread. For information, see

Deadlines to watch

* *Sept. 30 – Nominations are being accepted for Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards – given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to humanity in any walk of life. The awards will be presented at the Oct. 12, 2012, University Day ceremony. For complete information, refer to

* *Sept. 30 – The Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) is partnering with Carolina Performing Arts on two funding opportunities generated from a Mellon Foundation grant awarded for “‘The Rite of Spring’ at 100.” Materials for both are due Sept. 30.

Four faculty fellowships are available to provide UNC faculty on-campus semester leaves at the IAH during 2012–13 to work on projects for publication, exhibition, composition or performance related to the fine arts and modernism. In addition, course development grants will be available, both for the development of new courses and to work on integrating material relevant to “‘The Rite of Spring’ at 100.” For information, see and

* *Oct. 1 – Nominations are due for 2012 University Teaching Awards. Recipients will be selected for six types of awards: one Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching; four Distinguished Teaching Awards for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction; eight awards to Faculty for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; five Tanner Awards to Graduate Teaching Assistants; three Chapman Family Teaching Awards and one Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement.

* *Oct. 5 – Recommendations are being accepted for the 2012 Carolina Summer Reading Program book. For complete information, including criteria for selection, see

* *Nov. 1 – Application and nomination materials for the 2012–13 Academic Leadership Program at IAH are due Nov. 1. Eight fellows are selected annually from across the University campus.

* *Nov. 18 – Nominations are open for 2012 University Awards for the Advancement of Women, sponsored by the Offices of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. The award recognizes contributions to the advancement of women at the University. Each year, a faculty member, staff member and student or postdoctoral scholar may be selected to receive the award.

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