Fall 2012 Lectures

Langston Hughes, The Peoples’ Poet

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium

Ms. Dianne Caesar, Executive Director of Winston-Salem’s Delta Arts Center, will speak about the life of African American author Langston Hughes, whose 110th birthday was celebrated this year.

To African Americans, Langston Hughes was and is their poet laureate. To poetry lovers and those who are also interested in social and political justice, he was and is their most eloquent advocate. Hughes succeeded in his lifetime aim to earn a living as a writer and to create a body of work that portrays the beauty and variety of the African American experience, as well as the emotions and dreams to all human beings.

Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck

Monday, October 1, 2012, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium

Why can’t we look away? Whether we admit it or not, we’re fascinated by evil. Dark fantasies, morbid curiosities, Schadenfreude: As conventional wisdom has it, these are the symptoms of our wicked side, and we succumb to them at our own peril. But we’re still compelled to look whenever we pass a grisly accident on the highway, and there’s no slaking our thirst for gory entertainments like horror movies and police procedurals. What makes these spectacles so irresistible? Professor Eric G. Wilson, a specialist in Gothic literature and a lifelong student of the macabre, attempts to answer this question.

Copies of Professor Wilson’s book, Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck, will be available for purchase and signing, and it is Wake Forest Alumni Book Club’s September selection.

Change and Continuity in the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium

Dr. John Dinan, Professor of Political Science, will assess the various ways in which the 2012 election campaign represents continuity with prior election campaigns and also consider various ways that the 2012 election campaign represents a departure from prior election campaigns, taking note of the role of battleground states, campaign financing, and other factors that are traditionally important in election campaigns.

Big Happy Music

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium

Eric Swaim and Julianne Harper, who comprise the musical duo Honey Rider, offer a behind the scenes look at their creative process and how it results in community building and inspired performance. Through their Indie-Rock band and their Rock N’ Roll workshop for kids, the duo have created a unique brand of music and helped to shape the artistic community in Winston-Salem.