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Posted on Sep 30, 2014

Laverne Cox on Campus Nov. 11

Transgender advocate Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, will give a talk on campus 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Talley Student Union ballroom. Her talk, “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood,” will be followed by a Q-and-A with the audience.

The event is free, but you must have a ticket to attend. Find more information about ticketing online. This event is expected to fill up fast, so if you’d like to attend, don’t delay; reserve your ticket today.

Earlier this year Cox made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy award in an acting category. She also is the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine.

Cox’s appearance is sponsored by the GLBT Center. For more information, contact the center at

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Posted on Sep 25, 2014

Climate Expert Pachauri to Speak

NC State alumnus Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will deliver a lecture on campus next week. His talk, “An Assessment of Global Climate Change: Mitigation, Adaptation and Sustainable Development,” will cover the latest findings included in the panel’s Fifth Assessment Report, which will be finalized next month.

The lecture is scheduled for 2–3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the Mountains Ballroom in the Talley Student Union. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP for the lecture online.

Pachauri, an economist and industrial engineer by training, is also CEO of TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute based in New Delhi, India, where he leads more than 1,200 employees working to solve global energy and environmental problems.

Pachauri earned an M.S. in industrial engineering in 1972 and a Ph.D. in both industrial engineering and economics in 1974 at NC State. His appearance is sponsored by the Office of International Affairs.

For more information, email or call 919-515-3201.

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Posted on Sep 24, 2014

Architect Website Hits Milestone

The biographies of more than two dozen architects and builders, including Raleigh modernist G. Milton Small Jr., Victorian-era designer Harriet Morrison Irwin of Charlotte and German-born carpenter John Deitrick Tavis of antebellum Germanton, have been added to a superb collection in the NC State library system.

With these new postings, the popular website North Carolina Architects & Builders: A Biographical Dictionary hits a major benchmark, holding more than 300 biographies as well as data on more than 3,000 buildings.

Launched in 2009 with 170 entries, the biographical dictionary project was originally conceived as a companion print publication for the book, Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (University of North Carolina Press, 1990), by Catherine W. Bishir, Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury and Ernest H. Wood III. Ultimately, it was developed as a Web-based resource that can be easily searched and constantly expanded.

The State Agricultural Building was designed by the Raleigh architecture firm Nelson and Cooper.

The State Agricultural Building was designed by the Raleigh architecture firm Nelson and Cooper.

The free, user-friendly site contains essential information about the lives and works of the people who created the state’s architecture from the colonial period to the late 20th century.

“We believe it’s important to include not just the great architects of landmarks like Biltmore and the Dorton Arena, but also lesser-known artisans and builders, black and white, enslaved and free, who actually built most of our architectural legacy,” says Bashir, a content developer and architectural historian.

Aids Historical Research

A frequent user of the site, Andre’ D Vann, is coordinator of the university archives at North Carolina Central University. He uses the site to further his research on historic houses in Durham.

“I have found the North Carolina Architects & Builders website essential in uncovering the rich and unique stories behind many historical buildings and builders,” he says. “It has shed light on African-American architects and designers like Gaston Edwards who braved a new world and created a body of work worthy of emulation.”

Raleigh architect Frank Harmon appreciates the resource because it offers “insight into the lives of the men and women who have shaped the built environment of our state, a lineage that continues to inspire us today.”

Few states have achieved such a comprehensive biographical dictionary, says Harmon, and “none has a better website of architects and builders.”

The site has won prizes from Preservation North Carolina and the Vernacular Architecture Forum for its innovative and inclusive approach. Multiple authors have contributed to the biographies and accompanying building lists.

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