Library Lecture Series

Upcoming Fall 2017 Lectures

Soon Fades the Flower: The Courtship of Sarah Merriam and Samuel Wait in the Second Great Awakening

Wake Forest alumna Mary Tribble ('82) poses for a magazine portrait outside Wait Chapel on Friday, February 18, 2011.

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
Sarah “Sally” Merriam’s religious conversion in 1813 led to her transformation from the daughter of a New England merchant farmer to the wife and partner of Baptist minister and Wake Forest founder Samuel Wait. In the journal she kept during their three-year courtship, Sally agonized about the state of her salvation and spiritual calling through the lens of her potential marriage to Samuel. Sally’s writings provide a road map to her decision-making process, and reveal the complex dynamics of an evangelical courtship during the Second Great Awakening. Although she played an important role in the foundation of Wake Forest, Sally Wait’s story has, until now, remained largely untold.
Mary Tribble (‘82) is Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies in the Wake Forest University Alumni Office. She is the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Samuel Wait, and the great niece of former college president Harold Tribble.

Your Life Has Values

Photograph of Kirt Gonzales

Monday, January 30, 2017, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
Kirt Gonzales, author of The Chauncey Street Monster: Domestic Violence Is a Worldwide Epidemic That Has to End, will speak on the idea that everyone has value.  Attendees will be taught how to recognize an abuser, and what steps to take in abusive situations. He will explain the difference between domestic violence and domestic abuse.  Most importantly, Gonzales will draw on the experience of his sister’s life and murder to illuminate the subject of domestic violence.
Kirt Gonzales has a Ph.D. in theology and Christian counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary. He splits his time at his counseling practice, advocating for victims of domestic violence, and making students’ favorite drinks at the Starbucks located in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.
This event is co-sponsored with the WFU Intercultural Center.

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