Events & Classes

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library features a variety of events, workshops, and more. The library often partners with other units on campus to offer these programs. For more information, contact the library. Below is a list of upcoming events and classes.

  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    The Office of the Dean of the College invites you to learn more about the engaging scholarship of our College colleagues. The New Ideas Series will occur on the third Thursday of each month of the academic year in the ZSR auditorium. The New Ideas Series will focus on the latest research and innovative ideas of our College faculty. Presentations will be brief so we can pack more new ideas into the hour. Four faculty from across the divisions at different stages of their careers will present for 8 minutes each. For October 17, the speakers will be: Margaret Bender from the Department of Anthropology Jay Curley from the Department of Art Gloria Muday from the Department of Biology Eric Wilson from the Department of English.
  • ZSR Library, Special Collections & Archives Research Room (Room 625)
    In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Maya Angelou’s autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", Special Collections & Archives will host an exhibit featuring materials from Maya Angelou’s Film and Theater Collection held at Wake Forest University.
  • ZSR Library, Room 476
    Graphic Novel Book Club is a WFU community interest group that meets throughout the academic semester to discuss graphic novels and comics. Whether you’re new to the format or a lifelong comics & graphic novels fan, join us for entertaining discussion and a chance to discover your next favorite graphic novel! Fall 2019 Program: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Friday, Sept. 13, 4-5pm, ZSR Room 476 Batman: Year One by Frank Miller Friday, Oct. 18, 4-5pm, ZSR Room 476 Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis Friday, November 8, 4-5pm, ZSR Room 476 Copies of our Fall 2019 titles are made available to undergraduate student participants with funding from the Student Activity Fee (The Office of Student Engagement). Students must register for the event to receive a copy of the book. Additionally, each of the Fall 2019 program titles are available on hold at ZSR Library.
  • ZSR Library, Room 476
    Your one stop shop for preparing to engage in a community-based project. This workshop covers relationship building, project scoping, and impact measurement while also highlighting several different theories of community engagement to help you think critically about your own community-based work. This workshop can be tailored by audience and includes personal goal setting. Registration is required for this event.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    The Office of the Dean of the College in conjunction with the Andrew Mellon Foundation will be hosting discussion groups for Kiese Laymon's book Heavy in advance of his residency on campus this October. Free copies of the book will be available to the first 40 people who register. Discussions will be one hour long. Food and drinks will be available! Registration is required for this event.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    Julie Schumacher is the author of ten books, including the national bestseller Dear Committee Members, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. She is the first woman to have won the Thurber Prize. Professor Schumacher’s novels have been named Notable Books of the Year by the American Library Association, and her essays and short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle for Higher Education and other publications. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; her most recent, The Shakespeare Requirement, was recently released in paperback and has been optioned for film. Ms. Schumacher is a professor of creative writing and English at the University of Minnesota, where she has received multiple teaching awards and has been recognized as a Scholar of the College.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Open access is a broad movement to increase free access to and reuse of authoritative, peer-reviewed research. Routes to achieving open access include publishing in open journals or archiving in free repositories. More recently, the open movement has expanded to include open data and open educational resources (OER). Join us for a discussion about the merits of open access, including the University’s Open Access Publication Fund, as we dispel the myths of what it is not.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    Please join us for this lecture!
  • ZSR Library
    A talk by Prof. Shari Rabin, author of Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America
  • ZSR Library, Room 204
    Join us for this fun and engaging workshop to learn about how to protect your computer and your data here at Wake Forest University and at home. Topics covered in this class include: Physical technology security basics Data security basics Working with personally identifiable information How to protect yourself and others And more! We look forward to seeing you there! PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    This class is designed to address the tasks completed by staff and faculty who are responsible for creating journal entries and budget amendments. Covered topics include: create an accounting journal create an accounting adjustment create a budget amendment an overview of accounting reports PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Do you regularly work with large numbers of files for research or instruction? This session may help shave valuable time from your workflow by streamlining your file management. We will demonstrate techniques regularly used within ZSR’s digitization lab for managing large numbers of files by utilizing Adobe Bridge. This includes viewing inside multiple folders simultaneously, batch file renaming, viewing and editing embedded metadata and more. Although not required, you may bring your laptop to follow along with the exercises. Please be sure to have Adobe Bridge installed beforehand. WFU faculty and students may download a free copy of this software (Adobe Creative Cloud suite) from software.wfu.edu.
  • ZSR Library, Room 476
    The Office of the Dean of the College in conjunction with the Andrew Mellon Foundation will be hosting discussion groups for Kiese Laymon's book Heavy in advance of his residency on campus this October. Free copies of the book will be available to the first 40 people who register. Discussions will be one hour long. Food and drinks will be available! Registration is required for this event.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    As part of Queer History Month and in collaboration with the WFU LGBTQ+ Center, the Department of French Studies is pleased to present a public screening of the 2013 documentary Born This Way: Gay and Lesbian in Cameroon, directed by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman. Dr. Ryan Schroth, WFU Assistant Professor of French Studies, will lead a discussion in English following the film. The entire WFU campus community is invited to this screening!
  • ZSR Library, Room 204
    Why do people seem to hang on to their opinions more strongly the more evidence you show them to the contrary? Why do we tend to avoid important information? Why can we see bias in other people but are blind to our own? The simple answer: because we are human. When it comes to fighting the influence of fake news, understanding how our mind works is a critical first step. Because once we know that, we can spot all the different tactics that the creators and distributors of fake news use to get us to believe it. This lively lunch-and-learn will refresh our memories about a variety of biases and logical fallacies, and then delve into how they are taken advantage of in the world of fake news. (This is the second course in a three-part series.)
  • ZSR Library, Special Collections & Archives Research Room (Room 625)
    Visiting scholar Julie Park will talk about her research on 18th century commonplace books. A reception will follow in ZSR Special Collections & Archives. Dr. Park is a scholar of English literature and culture of the long 18th century. Her research examines the unexpected ways in which human subjects are inseparable from the material things, environments and devices of everyday life in historical contexts. Her areas of specialty include material and visual culture, history of subjectivity, the history and theory of the novel, genre and gender studies and archival studies. Sponsored by Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Wake Forest Humanities Institute.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    This month’s Creative Exchange, our monthly informal conversation and lecture series designed to inspire and ignite creativity and community, will be a showcase of student films created at IS Academic Technology's first annual Halloween Film Festival. On October 23rd, students spent the afternoon and evening scripting, getting equipment training, producing, editing, and showcasing their very own spooky short film. We’d love for you to see and support their work!
  • ZSR Library, Room 476
    The Office of the Dean of the College in conjunction with the Andrew Mellon Foundation will be hosting discussion groups for Kiese Laymon's book Heavy in advance of his residency on campus this October. Free copies of the book will be available to the first 40 people who register. Discussions will be one hour long. Food and drinks will be available! Registration is required for this event.
  • ZSR Library, Room 476
    The Office of the Dean of the College in conjunction with the Andrew Mellon Foundation will be hosting discussion groups for Kiese Laymon's book Heavy in advance of his residency on campus this October. Free copies of the book will be available to the first 40 people who register. Discussions will be one hour long. Food and drinks will be available! Registration is required for this event.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library, Room 204
    Have you explored Google Drive? Did you know that with Google Drive, you can create, share, and simultaneously collaborate on text documents, spreadsheets, surveys, and presentations? If not, this class is for you! Google Drive is dramatically changing the way we share and collaborate on files! In this fun, hands-on class, we will explore Google Drive's home interface, we will create files with Google Drive, and we will take a look at how to upload and share our own previously created files to Google Drive. Join us! PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 665 (CAT Classroom)
    In this workshop, you'll learn how to add VoiceThread activities that integrate with the Sakai gradebook. We'll cover: Adding a graded VoiceThread assignment in the Sakai course menuAdding graded VoiceThread assignments in Sakai LessonsExploring the 3 types of graded VoiceThread assignments: Create a VoiceThread, Comment on a VoiceThread, or Watch a VoiceThreadTips, FYIs and more informationPrerequisites:Basic knowledge of SakaiFamiliarity with how to create, comment on, and view a VoiceThread. If you are new to VoiceThread: please view this Basics workshop before attending: voicethread.com/workshops/voicethread-basics-1-upload-comment-and-share-1/ (53 mins)Please have 1 simple VoiceThread already created in your WFU VoiceThread account. If you have never used VoiceThread at WFU, please log in at wfu.voicethread.com and create one.NOTE: Please bring a laptop if you would like to follow along with the steps of this workshop. (Instructions for using tablets and mobile devices will be provided separately; we will be demonstrating the laptop workflow in this session). Please also bring your mobile device or other Google 2 Step authentication method if needed. Registration is required for this event.
  • ZSR Library, Room 476
    Participants in Social Justice 101 will investigate identity, power, and privilege; consider systems of oppression and liberation; and identify strategies for advocacy and social change. Registration is required for this event.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    Join us for a selection of short films independently produced by Egyptians about contemporary life in the country. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Creative Commons licenses are a useful way to let others know how they can legally reuse copyrighted works to build their own and further share. Learn how to identify Creative Commons licensed materials for use in classroom and scholarly projects, and how to select the best Creative Commons license to maximize the impact and research of your scholarship.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Would you like to interact face-to-face with your students or colleagues even if we have a snow day, from your cozy living room or home office? If you answered yes to this question, this class is for you. Webex is a wonderful, interactive tool that is made for virtual collaboration. Webex gives us the ability to speak face-to-face (albeit virtually) with each other, share our desktops, files, and applications, and so much more! (All current students, faculty, and staff have Webex accounts!) Join us to learn more! PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Dr. Jackie Friedman from the LAC-DS will be hosting a research-based workshop series on tips and strategies to cope with Test Anxiety. Sessions will include information and practice on a variety of techniques and strategies, and are open to undergraduate and graduate students. Workshop sessions will be held in ZSR 477 from noon until 1 pm on Mondays in November. Please register ahead of time to indicate your interest and please email Dr. Jackie Friedman at friedmjn@wfu.edu with any questions!
  • ZSR Library, Room 476
    Participants in Social Justice 101 will investigate identity, power, and privilege; consider systems of oppression and liberation; and identify strategies for advocacy and social change. Registration is required for this event.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    This workshop is for faculty across all college divisions who assign papers in their courses, who experience concerns about their students' writing, and who want to know how best to support their students' writing development. First, we will present findings from recent research in Writing Studies, some of which is longitudinal (tracking individual students over time) and some linguistic analyses of first-year to fourth-year student papers. This research offers insights into the following questions: What does development looks like across the undergraduate years in terms of general stages? How do students themselves make sense of academic writing and of themselves as writers? What textual characteristics in students' papers change over time? What are some common roadblocks for development? What kinds of assignments do students find most meaningful, and what kinds of support (feedback, models, etc.) foster development? Second, we invite participants to share their particular concerns about their students' writing. Through that discussion, we hope to better understand overlap and differences in expectations depending on college division and, ultimately, arrive at some concrete teaching suggestions. PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    From gathering data to archiving and preserving it, the research process involves caring for data throughout its lifecycle. We’ll talk about why your research data should always be “FAIR” and explore strategies for managing it from the beginning of a research project through publication.
  • ZSR Library, Room 476
    In this highly participatory workshop, you will work alongside other workshop participants to dig deeper into seminal moments in the history of Winston-Salem and ask questions about what they tell us about the city we live in, the residents that have led and continue to lead it, and the work that still needs to be done. Registration is required for this event.
  • ZSR Library, Room 476
    Graphic Novel Book Club is a WFU community interest group that meets throughout the academic semester to discuss graphic novels and comics. Whether you’re new to the format or a lifelong comics & graphic novels fan, join us for entertaining discussion and a chance to discover your next favorite graphic novel! Fall 2019 Program: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Friday, Sept. 13, 4-5pm, ZSR Room 476 Batman: Year One by Frank Miller Friday, Oct. 18, 4-5pm, ZSR Room 476 Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis Friday, November 8, 4-5pm, ZSR Room 476 Copies of our Fall 2019 titles are made available to undergraduate student participants with funding from the Student Activity Fee (The Office of Student Engagement). Students must register for the event to receive a copy of the book. Additionally, each of the Fall 2019 program titles are available on hold at ZSR Library.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    A talk by Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University. Rounding With… is a series of mini-symposia, free and open to the public, in which an invited guest working in the field of narrative medicine gives a public reading or lecture and facilitates an interprofessional education (IPE) workshop. This series is sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute, made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and with support from an Engaged Humanities Grant received by the university from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support from the Department of English.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Join us as we learn the basics of Microsoft Word! After this class, attendees will have a solid understanding of basic navigation of Word, knowledge of common tools, as well as the File, Home, Insert, and Page Layout tabs. See you there! PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • Hoots Beer Company
    Join us from 5-6:30 p.m. at Hoots Beer Company for Hop into History! Chat with archivists from WFU, WSSU, FCPL, Reynolda, and UNCSA and learn more about what types of materials we have in our archives. HISTORY IS FOR EVERYONE! The exhibit will be kid friendly, and we will have coloring pages for kids (of all ages). We hope that you’ll join us for this great opportunity to learn more about local history and archives while enjoying your favorite beer!
  • ZSR Library, 477
    In this class, participants will learn the basics of procurement in Workday. Covered topics include: create a requisition request create a supplier request an overview of procurement reports Note: You will learn how to create receipts off of purchase orders created by your requisitions in FIN 103: Invoicing and Receiving in Workday. PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    In this class participants will learn the basics of invoicing and receiving in Workday. Covered topics include: create a supplier invoice (Direct Pay Invoice) create a receipt and return an overview of end-user reports Note: If you did not attend FIN 102: Procurement in Workday, you may not have a purchase order ready to create a receipt and return. You will be able to use the job aids to create those two types of documents. PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    In this class participants will learn the following concerning reimbursements transactions in Workday: create an expense report request a spend authorization (advance) reconcile PCard purchases in Workday an overview of end-user reports PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    This talk will examine relations between the Mexican government and religious minority communities of Mennonites and Mormons, with particular attention to state policies granting legal, cultural, and economic accommodations. Dr. Janzen will show how these relationships have evolved over time as public perceptions of these communities have shifted in response to changing conditions in Mexico. The discussion will consider recent political events and reports of rising violence affecting the communities. It will also address Carlos Reygadas's Luz Silenciosa (2007), an award-winning film that portrays a Mennonite family in Mexico. Rebecca Janzen is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is a scholar of gender, disability and religious studies in Mexican literature and culture whose research focuses on excluded populations in Mexico. Her first book, The National Body in Mexican Literature: Collective Challenges to Biopolitical Control (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015), explored images of disability and illness in 20th century texts. Her second book, Liminal Sovereignty: Mennonites and Mormons in Mexican Culture (SUNY, 2018), focuses on religious minorities. Her current projects include a book on film and religion in Mexico, tentatively titled Unholy Trinity: State, Church and Cinema in Mexico as well as work on the intersection of legal and literary discourse as it pertains to minority communities in Mexico. co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Italian, the School of Divinity, the Department for the Study of Religions, and Latin American and Lainto Studies
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library, Room 204
    What should I do when I see a story I know is misleading or untrue? How do I help my family and friends be better about sharing information? How can I check up on a story to see if it’s real? Understanding the hows of fake news only gets you so far if you aren’t going to change your own behavior. This lunch-and-learn will provide tools and strategies for being better about dealing with fake news. We will show you ways to be your own fact-checker, be more selective in your sources of information, and some technologies that can help you along the way. (This is the third course in a three-part series.)
  • ZSR Library, 477
    If you have attended the Microsoft Word Basics class, and are ready to learn the rest of what Microsoft Word has to offer, then this class is for you! Join us as we explore the References, Mailings, Review, and View tabs, as well as more advanced processes such as performing a Mail Merge, creating and updating a Table of Contents, and Bibliography, and more! See you there! PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Tropy allows you to organize and describe photographs of your research material--think of it as a platform that brings together all of those photos from archival research and the notations on those photos that you made in Excel or Word documents! This powerful research organization tool streamlines your archival research processes, and provides an intuitive interface for accessing this research throughout the life of your project. Before attending this workshop, visit tropy.org and download the application to your laptop.