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Monday, February 20,1995
Reckford Lecturer Emphasizes Historical View
BY JULIE CORBIN
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Art historian Carlo Ginzburg demon
strated his technique of historical analysis
of an artwork whose past has been lost in
history to a crowded auditorium in the
sixth annual Mary Stevens Reckford Me
morial Lecture in European Studies.
“The Painter and the Jester: Jean
Fouquet’s Portrait of Gonella” was the
title of Ginzburg’s lecture, held Sunday
evening in the Hanes Art Center.
The lecture was sponsored by the Insti
tute for the Arts and Humanities of the
College of Arts and Sciences.
Dinner Raises Money for Guatemalan Water Works
BY JILL DUNCAN
More than 300 people attended
Water Partners International’s third annual
“Water for Life” dinner Saturday, provid
ing donations to help build a clean water
system in Llano Grande, Guatemala.
Water Partners, anonprofit environmen
tal group founded by two graduates of the
UNC School of Public Health’s doctoral
program, had been planning the dinner
since fall to help provide clean waterforthe
260 families of Llano Grande.
Executive director and co-founder Gary
White said that everything food, enter
tainment and coordinating was pro-
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American high school students and offer
opportunities for visits and information.
Three projects remain for this school year:
■ Project Uplift brings high school jun
iors to the University during the summer to
meet with professors and administrators,
tour the campus, and learn about admis
sions and financial aid processes as well as
attend demonstration lectures and labs.
■ Pre-Orientation is a special set of ac
tivities on topics such as academic support,
counseling services, student activities, cul
tural outlets and social groups as well as a
chance to meet key University officials.
■ Decision Days are two days in March
aimed at influencing students to accept
admission. High school seniors who have
already been accepted visit the campus to
attend classes and talk with counselors.
Ervin said the University’s General
Administration would like to see the num
ber of minorities attending public colleges
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Lloyd Kramer, acting director of the
institute and professor of history at UNC,
introduced Ginzburg, who currently serves
as a professor of Italian Renaissance stud
ies at the University of California at Los
In his introductory remarks, Kramer
said that Ginzburg had become “one of the
most innovative scholars in history” by
studying the past with a method known as
Microhistory is a form of history that
“focuses on the particular to explain the
general,” he said. Extensive understand
ing of these details can be used to expand
modem historians’ knowledge of an entire
vided by volunteers. The dinner featured
food by chef Giorgios Bakatsias of
Durham’s Parizade Restaurant. Entertain
ment includedmusicbytheTeacher Tones,
the Duke String School, Joyce Peck and
Sue Gilbertson and poetry readings by
Michael McFee, creative writing profes
As guests entered the banquet hall, they
were asked to sign a banner displaying
WaterPartners’motto: “From water springs
life. ” White said that the banner would be
taken to Guatemala when the group goes
there this summer. He said it “forms a link
between the people here this evening and
the people of Guatemala.”
White said that last year about 120
approximate demographics in the state,
but he distinguished between having parity
as a goal rather than as a quota.
The admissions office identifies students
using college board searches that sort for
high GPA and test scores and solicits rec
ommendations from alumni, counselors
and friends of the University, Herb Davis,
associate director for Admissions, said.
Ervin said he tried to use the high level
of student activism at UNC as a positive to
counter the perception that there was hos
tility towardstudentsofcolorhere. “When
parents wonder, ‘Am I sending my son or
daughter to a university that doesn’t want
them there?’ 1 tell them what greater ben
efit can we offer students than having the
ultimate development experience of learn
ing to think for themselves,” he said.
The Board of Governors made a com
mitment to the Department of Education
about 15 years ago to increase representa
tion of African Americans at historically
white universities and to increase white
attendance at historically black schools.
UNIVERSITY & CITY
culture, Kramer said.
Ginzburg began his lecture by empha
sizing the need for exchange of informa
tion and ideas between art connoisseurs
and academic art historians. He opened
with a quote by Giovanni Morelli: “In
order to become an art historian, one must
first be a connoisseur.”
Ginzburg demonstrated the use of
microhistory through an extensive analy
sis of a single painting, Fouquet’s portrait
of Gonella, a court jester in the court of the
duke of Ferrara in the mid-15th century.
For centuries after the painting of
Gonella’s portrait, its origins were unclear,
people attended the banquet. He was very
excited about the increase in attendance
and thanked those who had passed the
word about the dinner to others.
Water Partners has held seven other such
dinners, raising a total of $70,000 in dona
tions. They have funded drinking water
supply projects in seven Central American
These new systems usually replace con
taminated streams or waterholes that are
shared with animals.
Members of the organization travel to
their project sites every summer to monitor
and record progress on active projects.
Smith said that the first thing they do when
they arrive at the target communities is
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opportunity to come to UNC-Chapel Hill?”
He criticized the governor for having
political motivations for the proposed bud
get cuts and questioned the logic behind
them. In light of this, Hardin opposed the
proposed reduction of nonteaching faculty
and protected positions.
He said that the state government had
too much control over the university sys
tem and that it was doing a very poor job
managingthe schools. “We are the victims
of incredible micromanagement," he said.
“There has been no consultation with pro
fessional educators. You want a strategic
plan, let us run our universities.”
Hardin concluded his speech with a
concern that the media across the state
would imply that UNC was complaining
and would pay no attention to his propos
als. “When you go back to your home
towns, tell them that there was never a
whine, never a whimper. There was a roar."
He used a mix of factual historical analy
sis and stylistic comparison with other
works of art to identify the portrait’s sub
ject, artist and probable time of execution.
Ginzburg closed his lecture by stating
that he had attempted to demonstrate “the
truthfulness of an argument built on both
archival and historical evidence."
The lecture series is held in honor of the
late Mary Stevens Reckford, who was a
student of art history and European
studiesthroughout her life. She was the
wife of Kenneth Reckford, professor of
classics at UNC.
Kramer said, “Mary Stevens Reckford
was a student of art history.”
attend a meeting with the entire commu
nity so that they canbe updated on how the
project is going.
Smith presented a slide show during the
dinner of the locations where water sys
tems had been installed.
“Water Partners feels responsible for
staying in touch with our projects so we
can let the donors know that they are
supporting solid, sustainable work that is
making a difference,” White said.
According to Water Partners, 80 per
cent of all sickness in the world is caused by
inadequate drinking water. The organiza
tion reported that 1.2 billion people in
developing countries do not have access to
safe drinking water.
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this, and it wasn’t to see my picture up on
the wall. It was to bring together people
from different parts of campus who never
would have met and give them a common
focus,” she said.
Cunningham agreed with Brandenburg.
“The enamor of seeing my face on the wall
wore off very quickly,” Cunningham said.
He said the initial shock of the cam
paign had helped him to re-establish his
goals as a candidate.
Both candidates said they were con
cerned about the low voter turnout.
“Literally, every vote counts,”
Brandenburg said. “I think it (voter turn
out) is indicative of disaffection with stu
dent government,” Cunningham said “It’s
back in the comer, back in the Union and
back in people’s minds.”
Cunningham and Brandenburg said
they wanted to improve communication
between students and student government.
School Board Develops
Plans for Year at Retreat
Chapel Hill-Canboro Board of Educa
tion members discussed programming and
budget proposals for the 1995-1996 school
year at their annual retreat Thursday and
Friday, said Board of Education Chair
man Ken Touw.
School board member Elizabeth Carter
said between 50 and 60 people attended
the retreat, which was held at the Friday
Center on N.C. 54. She said the two-day
event served as an ; —ajpgjjjß|^w
chairmen to review
review what has chapel Hill Carri
been accomplished school homd
in the past few Chairman KEN TOUW
years,” Touw said.
“We tried to look at
what had been under-reviewed and to give
the board direction as to what needs to be
Although board members discussednext
year’s budget, no final decisions were made,
Touw said. A final budget proposal would
be drawn up and presented to county com
missioners later this spring, he said.
Touw said the board considered indi
vidual requests from schools for funds.
These funds would be used to implement a
number of programs that ranged from hir
ing more teacher aids to making capital
improvements, Carter said.
“It is so sad,” she said. “There are so
many requests for funding ... they range
from facility problems such as heating or
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homeowner,” Elkins said.
Several other area organizations and
businesses contributed funds and labor to
the cause, including Delta Sigma Theta,
the Zonta Club, Mortgage Choice Inc. of
Durham and Ventana Press Inc. of
Canboro. The Thursday Therapy Quilters
donated a quilt, which was raffled off at the
dedication of the house.
Money raised by Habitat was used to
buy building materials but was not used to
purchase any land, Elkins said.
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mildew to creating reading and writing
labs at the high school to finding more
money for staff development.”
Board members also looked at the pos
sible implementation of proposals made in
a report by UNC business Professor Ron
Pannesi concerning the restructuring of
school budgets, Touw said. If approved,
individual schools would ha ve greater flex
ibility in determining their budgets, said
School Governance Committee chair
woman Barbara DeLon.
Touw said the board discussed the pos
sibility of using private funds to pay for
one-time expenses at the new high school
and elementary school, such as library
“We are trying to spread the cost of
these one-time expenses out over the next
two years,” he said. “The expense is so
large we expect county commissioners
won’t be able to add to what they’ve al
ready budgeted this year.”
One source of money for the school
district came from the closing of a supply
storage warehouse, which generated
$30,000, Touw said.
Retreat participants also discussed pro
ficiency standards, he said. The board dis
cussed the possibility of establishing mini
mum requirements that students would
have to meet before progressing to the next
“Our goal is not to retain students, but
simply to make sure they have the skills
necessary to graduate from elementary
school to middle school, from middle
school to high school, etc.” Touw said.
Other topics reviewed included the
dardized test scores, individualizing the
classroom experience and a “volunteer
partnership” program designed to bring
mentors into the classroom and form voca
tional training programs with local busi
The house is the 34th house built or
renovated by Habitat in Orange County,
but it is the first in Chapel Hill because of
the high cost of land in the town, she said.
“Land is one of our sore points,” she said.
“The town of Chapel Hill gave us the lots
in that neighborhood.”
its were not used to buy land, there will be
a fund-raiser Sunday night at University
Mall for that purpose, Elkins said.
Dinner will be served at the event, and
there will be both a silent and a live auc
tion. “The monies raised will be used spe
cifically for land.”