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Burness takes leave

Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations John Burness is taking an administrative leave this semester and will return to campus before commencement in May.

Burness will be in Durham for the months of January and March, and in Europe in February. He also plans to spend most of April at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, where he will update a paper he wrote on the media and higher education in 1991. He also plans to work on issues associated with the aftermath of Sept. 11 and academic freedom.

During Burness' absence, Associate Vice President for News and Communications David Jarmul will be principally responsible for coordinating the public affairs and communications components of Burness' responsibilities. Michael Palmer, director of the Office of Community Affairs and the day-to-day manager of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, will support needs in community relations and local government. Assistant Vice President Nan Nixon and Associate Vice President Paul Vick will continue to support Duke's programs in Washington, D.C. and Raleigh on the federal and state relations front.

INROADS information session set for Tuesday

An information fair about the INROADS internship program, which prepares minority youth for corporate employment and community leadership, will be held in Von Canon Room A in the Bryan Center tomorrow at 2:15 p.m.

The session, titled "Attracting and Retaining your Future Workforce," will promote the goals of the INROADS program and encourage departments at Duke to participate. Duke began partnering with INROADS in 1998. Since then, eight interns have spent summers working in various Duke departments. Currently, four of the eight interns are full-time Duke employees.

Tifft to give Libraries lecture

Susan Tifft, Eugene C. Patterson professor of the practice of journalism and communications, will present the lecture, "Truth or Dare: Ruminations on Excavating the Past" Jan. 30 as part of The Friends of the Duke University Libraries Engaging Faculty Series. The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Perkins Library Rare Book Room.

CDS displays photo exhibit

"Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh Photographs" will be on display at the Center for Documentary Studies from Jan. 10 through March 30. The exhibition is free and open to the public. "Dream Street" brings together photographs, 85 of which will be displayed at CDS, from Smith's unfinished essay of Pittsburgh in the mid-1950. The traveling exhibition marks the first time these photographs, which Smith considered the finest of his career, have been shown together.

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