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Forum hosts former US ambassador to Egypt

UNC students got an insider’s perspective on the turmoil in the Middle East Tuesday night. Frank Wisner, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, spoke to a group of about 200 students, faculty, and community members.



Graduation marks end of three unconventional journeys

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Among the 6,027 graduating Sunday was 87-year-old Helen Joan Hunter, a grandmother of six who returned to UNC to get the degree that she couldn’t finish in 1947.



Q&A with Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard

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Colin Goddard is the assistant director of federal legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.



Emily Miller speaks at UNC on the danger of gun-free zones

The senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times believes gun-free zones are dangerous for America’s future.



UNC alumnus Carl Kasell speaks on his radio career

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When Carl Kasell was 7 years old, he would play with his grandma’s record player and pretend he was speaking on the radio.



Art Pope discusses views on education as a right

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Outside Gardner Hall on Tuesday afternoon, a group of student protestors exercised the right of free speech. And inside, N.C. Budget Director Art Pope spoke to an ethics class on the right to an education.



Ballet dancer gives lectures on 'Rite of Spring'

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Classically trained ballet dancer Carrie Preston has made the leap into academia. Preston, a professor of English and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Boston University, has studied in-depth the influence of dancer Isadora Duncan on composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.”



Students organize 'teach-out' for Art Pope lecture at UNC

Art Pope, budget director for Gov. Pat McCrory, will be speaking at UNC today — and some students are responding with a message of their own.



Q&A with civil rights activist Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who has been working to fight for the rights of minority communities since the 1950s.



Memorists offer advice on successful writing

Memoirist Mary Karr and three other writers spoke Wednesday about writing a successful memoir, encouraging attendees to always stick to the truth.



Q&A with exonerated prisoner Bill Dillon

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After spending 27 years in a Florida prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Bill Dillon was exonerated by DNA evidence and cleared of all charges.



North Korea refugees speak on defecting and new lives in South Korea

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Two North Korean defectors urged UNC students Tuesday night to shift their attention from the nation’s political woes to recognize one thing people tend to overlook ­— the human experience.



Duke University professor stresses water as a right

As the University approaches the halfway point of its two-year water theme, a Duke University professor stressed the importance of water as a right — not a luxury.



Syracuse professor encourages telling difficult stories

The co-founder of a group dedicated to empowering Liberian students and professionals stressed the importance of perspective in a lecture at the FedEx Global Education Center Wednesday.



Ari Shapiro relates to young audience

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When National Public Radio White House correspondent Ari Shapiro joked about Beyonce’s “singing” at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, he was just warming up.



Former coach Herman Boone speaks at UNC

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When football Coach Herman Boone wanted to buy a “Remember the Titans” poster, he was outraged that it cost $350.



Former Gov. Bev Perdue speaks on leadership, 'The Little Engine That Could'

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Former Gov. Bev Perdue has a quote from a “great philosopher” framed. It’s been hanging on her wall for years.



TedxUNC speakers to talk common threads on diverse topics

The 15 speakers and performers for the upcoming TEDxUNC conference were announced Wednesday — and they are involved in a wide array of fields and topics.



Perdue to speak on leadership for journalism school series

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In one of her first public appearances since leaving the Governor’s Mansion, Bev Perdue will discuss leadership and living a public life.



Procter & Gamble CEO emphasizes worldwide influence and innovation

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The Procter & Gamble Company provides many household products that are used worldwide every day, but CEO Bob McDonald said one brand’s success has exceeded the rest — Pampers.