Reunion Weekend Events: CCLL Lectures

CCLLReunion Weekend Enrichment Sessions
Join us for enrichment sessions offered throughout Reunion Weekend, May 10 -11, 2013.
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Earth’s Challenges:  Global Water Issues and Climate Change
Friday, May 10 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Lecturers:  Jamie Bartram and Berrien Moore ‘63
Moderator:  Jim Reston ’63
Location:  The Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium (Gate 1 entrance)
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Professor Bartram, director of the Water Institute at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Professor Moore, dean of the University of Oklahoma School of Environmental Sciences, will bring their internationally recognized expertise in the areas of global water issues and climate change to a discussion moderated by Jim Reston ’63. 

Lecturers:  Jamie Bartram, Ph.D., is director of the Water Institute at The University of North Carolina and Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Bartram has more than 20 years of experience in international policy, research and advisory work in public health and disease prevention, especially in relation to environment and health and water supply and sanitation. His research interests focus on the connections between water (including sanitation and hygiene) and health – especially the links between science, policy and practice. From 1998 to 2009, he was the coordinator of water, sanitation and health programme with the World Health Organization, where he led reform of its international monitoring and standard-setting activities and the development of a series of influential communities of practice.

Berrien Moore ’63, Ph.D., at the University of Virginia in mathematics, distinguished professor of environmental sciences at the University of New Hampshire where he founded and ran an institute of 80 scientists, called Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS). He was a top candidate to be a NASA administrator and director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, Mass.). He is currently at the University of Oklahoma as a vice president of the university and dean of the School of Environmental Sciences. He’s an internationally recognized expert in Climate Change and Global Warming.

Can Strong Academics and Winning Athletics Coexist at Carolina?
Friday, May 10 | 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Panel: UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp ’86, athletics director Bubba Cunningham and chair of the faculty, Jan Boxill
Moderator: Woody Durham ’63
Location:  The Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium 
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UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp ’86, athletics director Bubba Cunningham and chair of the faculty, Jan Boxill, will engage in this discussion moderated by Woody Durham ’63

The Edible South: Food and History in an American Region 
Friday, May 10 | 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Lecturers:  Marcie Cohen Ferris
Location:  George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Alumni Hall I
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Food in the American South is expressive of a sense of place that has evolved over time and maintains a tenacious hold upon regional identity.  Food is entangled in forces that have shaped southern history for more than four centuries.  In her talk, “The Edible South,” Ferris will trace the historical meaning of food in the lives of native southerners and of others who came to the region as explorers, travelers, laborers, reformers, documentarians and activists from the early South to the contemporary South.  

Lecturer:  Marcie Cohen Ferris is associate professor of American Studies and coordinator of the Southern Studies Curriculum.  Ferris, a winner of the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, is the author of “Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South,” which was nominated for the 2006 James Beard Foundation Award.  She is the past president of the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Global Crossroads:  The Growing International Importance of Southeast Asia 
Friday, May 10 | 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Lecturer:  Peter A. Coclanis
Location:  The Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium
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The strategic “pivot to Asia” in U.S. foreign policy since late 2012 has been highly noted. When most Americans think of key developments in Asia in recent years, the rise of China and India immediately come to mind. After a bit more thought, the relative decline of Japan, the instability in Pakistan, and the erratic and dangerous behavior of the North Korean government may come next. Periodic profiles of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi and intermittent news regarding certain reforms in Myanmar, Southeast Asians and Southeast Asia seldom register in our cultural imaginations. This is unfortunate because this diverse, economically vibrant and strategically vital area is playing an increasingly prominent role in world affairs. In this session, we will try to raise the profile of Southeast Asia a bit in hopes that Americans begin to pay more attention to this “global crossroads.”

Lecturer:  Peter Coclanis is the Albert R. Newsome Professor and former chair of the history department. He serves as director of the Global Research Institute at The University of North Carolina. Previously, Coclanis served as UNC’s first associate provost for international affairs, where he provided leadership for the University’s international endeavors, serving as spokesman and overseer of international activities. Coclanis shapes the articulation and continued development of the University’s global mission. Coclanis was born in Chicago and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History
Friday, May 10 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Lecturers:  Anne Mitchell Whisnant ’91 (MA), ’97 (Ph.D.) 
Location: George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Alumni Hall I
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Based on her 2006 book by the same title, Whisnant will take listeners on an entirely new Blue Ridge Parkway journey, delving into the complicated and often contentious processes that brought the road into being in the mid-1930s and showing how the parkway owes its appearance to the outcomes of wrenching decision-making processes.

Lecturer: Anne Mitchell Whisnant received her bachelor’s degree in history from Birmingham-Southern College before earning her master’s degree in history from UNC in 1991 and her doctorate from UNC in 1997. She is presently Deputy Secretary of the Faculty for UNC’s Office of Faculty Governance and adjunct associate professor of history at UNC.

College Admissions in the 21st century
Saturday, May 11 | 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Lecturer:  Steve Farmer, UNC Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions 
Location:  Murphey Hall Auditorium
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Stephen Farmer has directed the selection and recruitment of the undergraduate student body since September 2004. In addition to leading the efforts of fifty-three full or part-time staff members, Farmer speaks widely on admissions and enrollment related issues across North Carolina and nationwide. Before coming to Carolina as senior associate director of admissions in 2000, Farmer worked in admissions and taught composition at the University of Virginia. Born and raised in rural Virginia, Farmer holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia and an A.B. degree in English from Duke University.

Race, Desegregation, and Chapel Hill, 1959-63 
Saturday, May 11 | 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Lecturers:  Richard King ’63, James Reston ’63, James Wallace ’64
Location:  Pleasants Room, Wilson Library
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