You can’t go home again, but you can make a film about saving it

September 19, 2008

Bland Simpson, the UNC creative writing professor and Red Clay Rambler, reviews alumnus and critic-turned-director Godfrey Cheshire’s first film in this week’s Independent. In Moving Midway, Cheshire captures the audacious physical relocation of his family’s1848 plantation home, an adventure that dredges up some deep secrets:

“….What first-time director Cheshire knew, and what he dramatizes deftly and with a cool, courteous insight and humor, is that the act of moving Midway would put the old place and all its memories on not one but two roads—the one of several miles to its new location, the other a more circuitous route through a good many hearts and minds.”

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Tar Heel of the Week

September 15, 2008

The News and Observer named Fred Mueller its Tar Heel of the Week.  No wonder — Mueller’s resarch on catastrophic sports injuries over the last 26 years or so has been instrumental in shaping safety guidelines for highschol and college athletes. He is the founding director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at UNC and a professor of exercise and sport science in the College.

Riskiest sport for gals? Cheerleading

September 11, 2008

Cheerleading accounts for two-thirds of all catastrophic injuries among females engaged in high school or college sports, according to a new UNC report, led by exercise and sport science researcher Frederick Mueller in the College of Arts and Sciences, cited by the New York Times.

Post- Fannie/Freddie takeover, time to preserve homeownership

September 11, 2008

Roberto G. Quercia, director of the Center for Community Capital in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, says regulators and policymakers should avoid making premature long-term decisions about the structure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the aftermath of the federal government’s decision to take them into conservatorship.

With market confidence restored by the government takeover, policymakers now must turn their focus to American homeowners, who rely on the two largest mortgage buyers in the world, he said.

“So far, the government’s actions have concentrated on bondholders, shareholders and taxpayers, which is important,” said Quercia, a professor of city and regional planning. “But a solution to the current crisis will not be possible until we deal with homeowners and the growing stock of foreclosures. Long-term, investors will be better off if we keep people in their homes.”
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Farewell to world peace?

September 4, 2008

When Russian troops attacked Georgia, it was not just a tragedy for the Caucasus. It also marked the demise of more than four years of no war between nations, the longest period in modern history, wrote UNC sociologist Charles Kurtzman and Bowling Green State University political scientist Neil A. Englehart in The Christian Science Monitor Aug. 29. With the news so full of violence you might not have noticed. But ever since Pakistan signed a cease-fire in November 2003, there have been no wars between governments — 1,716 straight days of world “peace.” Russia ended the streak on Aug. 8. Kurzman is an expert on the middle east, liberal Islamist movements and the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Brooks and Dionne parse the presidential campaign

September 3, 2008

With the presidential campaign getting more intriguing by the day, you won’t want to miss a public discussion by David Brooks (NY Times) and E.J. Dionne on the latest news and what to make of it. Hodding Carter III will moderate. Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill. No tickets or reservations required, doors open at 6:30.