Feb. 11, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

Durham Tech makes promotions
DURHAM — Durham Technical Community College has named Valarie Evans senior vice president for student learning, development and support and Thomas Jaynes vice president for institutional advancement and support.
Jaynes replaces Wanda Maggart, who had served as the school’s senior vice president for institutional advancement. Maggart is retiring after 21 years at Durham Tech.
The community college also has named Patrick Hines executive director of the information technology services department and Beth Payne dean of Durham Tech’s corporate education services.
Brophy to deliver lecture
CHAPEL HILL — Alfred Brophy, a distinguished professor of law at UNC Chapel Hill, will deliver the 2013 William P. Murphy Distinguished Lecture today.
The free public lecture will take place at noon in the rotunda UNC School of Law.
Brophy will speak on “Slavery and Jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina Before the Civil War,” detailing the ideas about constitutional law and slavery at the university during that time period.
Drawing on such diverse sources as graduation addresses, Dialectic and Philanthropic Society debates and books written by the faculty, Brophy shows that UNC’s students and faculty were more ambivalent about slavery than most Southern schools.
Poet to read
DURHAM — The state’s poet laureate, Joseph Bathanti, will read and discuss his work at Durham Tech today from 1-2 p.m. in the Educational Resources Center auditorium.
The poetry reading is sponsored by the Durham Technical Community College Foundation and is free and open to the public.
Following the reading, Bathanti, a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University, will visit an English class on campus, and then attend a reception with Durham Tech’s Final Draft Literary Club.
St. Geme leaving Duke
PHILADELPHIA —  Joseph St. Geme III, the chair of the department of pediatrics at Duke University and the chief medical officer of Duke’s Children Hospital is leaving Durham.
St. Geme has been named physician-in-chief of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and chair of the department of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1.
Focus on blues culture
CHAPEL HILL — In celebration of Black History Month, the Friday Center for Continuing Education at UNC Chapel Hill will host a free lecture Friday by William Ferris in which he will share photographs, stories, music samples and film clips from his book and DVD, “Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues.”
Ferris, senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South, gathered material for “Give My Poor Heart Ease” while touring his home state of Mississippi in the 1960s and 1970s. 
A reception with live music will begin at 6 p.m., with Ferris’ presentation beginning at 7 p.m. The evening will include performances by blues artist Ben Wiley Payton and the UNC Black Student Movement.
Souther selected
DURHAM — Erin Marie Souther has been selected as Durham Technical Community College's Academic Excellence Award recipient for 2013.
Souther, who is planning to graduate in May with an associate in applied science degree in dental laboratory technology, currently has a perfect 4.0 grade point average, represents Tau Eta Sigma, the dental laboratory fraternity, in the Student Senate and volunteers regularly with Missions of Mercy, providing free dental services for people in need.
Souther earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art, graduating cum laude from Appalachian State University prior to attending DTCC.
Conference looks at veils
CHAPEL HILL — The relationship of Muslim women and their veils will be explored as UNC Chapel Hill, in partnership with Duke University, hosts the conference “ReOrienting the Veil” Feb. 22 and 23.
The conference, in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center, is intended to expand the dialogue about the tradition of wearing the veil and the meaning of the headscarf for Muslim women. Participants will discuss the multifaceted questions of why and how Muslim women wear the veil in an increasingly globalized and fashion-conscious world.
The conference is free and open to the public, and K-12 teachers in the state can earn continuing education credit for attending and completing other activities. The registration deadline is Friday.
Scholars and artists will deliver 30-minute presentations on Muslim women’s veiling. Each presentation will be followed by a response from a local faculty and a question-and-answer session.
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