Library Lecture Series

Upcoming Fall 2017 Lectures

Emily Giffin: Presentation and Signing

photograph of author and WFU alumna, Emily Giffin

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30 PM
Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center, Wake Forest University

Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. The author of eight New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, The One & Only, and First Comes Love, she currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children.  Her most recent novel, First Comes Love, was released in 2016 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. You can visit her at www.emilygiffin.com.

This event is co-sponsored with the Visiting Executive (VX) Program for the Wake Forest College and School of Business.

This event is free and open to all members of the WFU community and the public – no registration is required and admission is first come, first served.

Your Life Has Value

Photograph of Kirt Gonzales

Thursday, October 5, 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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Past Fall 2017 Lectures

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

Friday, September 8, 2017, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

Dr. Andrés Reséndez is a historian and author specializing in colonial Latin America who teaches at the University of California, Davis. He has published  A Land So Strange  and Changing National Identities at the Frontier. His most recent book, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, is the sweeping story of the enslavement of tens of thousands of native Americans across the country from the time of the conquistadors to the early twentieth century.

Dr. Reséndez is being presented by the Bookmarks Authors in Schools Program and the ZSR Library Lecture Series.

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

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.