Fall 2016 Lectures

Events for Fall 2016

Documenting the Censured and Voiceless: Diversifying the Archives

** Due to the upcoming Hillary Clinton/Michelle Obama visit to Wake Forest University on Thursday, October 27, the ZSR Library Lecture, “Documenting the Censured and Voiceless: Diversifying the Archives” previously scheduled for that afternoon has been postponed. This lecture will be reschedule for sometime in the Spring of 2017. **

Hospital staff, volunteers, and apparatus during the Changteh cholera epidemic, Changde, Hunan, China, ca.1910-1919 (IMP-YDS-RG008-358-0008-0078)

Tom Hyry, Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library, Harvard University will engage in a panel discussion about the role archivists and historians can play in broadening and diversifying the documentary resources collected and preserved by archives and libraries. Also on the panel will be Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College and Professor of History and Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director of Special Collections & Archives. The panel will be moderated by Tim Pyatt, Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Tom Hyry is the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library, Harvard University’s distinguished repository for rare books, manuscripts, archives and other primary source holdings. Michele Gillespie is the Wake Forest University Dean of the College and holds an endowed presidential chair in Southern History. Tanya Zanish-Belcher is Director of Special Collections & Archives. Tim Pyatt is Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Visual Print Culture and Popular Royalism in Later Stuart England

Stuart Coat of Arms on the roof of St. Clement Danes

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

From the later seventeenth century, the expansion of the marketplace of print, engravings, and other visual-material objects disseminated representations of British royalty across a wider social scale than ever before. Yet many of these images and texts have received little sustained analysis in political histories of the period. In this talk, Koscak focuses on the social practices and responses of individuals as they encountered, purchased, displayed, and interpreted these items. Doing so reveals how the changing media landscape opened up a space in which ordinary subjects reimagined popular reverence and their relationship to the crown. Looking beyond the sphere of official court patronage, therefore, alerts us to the ways in which print and consumerism broadened the practice and performance of royalism within England.

Stephanie Koscak is a Wake Forest University Professor of British History and the 2016 winner of the Nathan and Julie Hatch Research Grant for Academic Excellence Award which gave her the opportunity to spend a week of study at the Summer Research Institute, Harris-Manchester College, Oxford University.

Register for this event on the WFU Professional Development Center site.

Past Fall 2016 Lectures

Book Talk and Signing: Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War


Friday, September 9, 2016, 3:30 PM
ZSR Special Collections Reading Room (Room 625, Reynolds Wing)

Susan Southard, author of Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, will give a lecture and book signing on Friday, September 9 at 3:30 pm in the ZSR Library’s Special Collections & Archives Reading Room (room 625). Her award winning book is a powerful and unflinching account of the enduring impact of nuclear war, told through the stories of five survivors. She is a featured author at the Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, held in the Milton Rhodes Center in downtown Winston-Salem on September 10.

Political Ads in the Age of the Internet and Trump

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 3:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

Feeling bombarded with political ads? Dr. Allan Louden, Chair of the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University will examine the ways political advertising is changing, including new trends in traditional, web only, alternative social media, and third parties advertising. Current examples will be used. Don’t miss this timely and informative presentation!

America in the Shadow of Empires

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

The United States is currently in trouble both at home and abroad, and those troubles are linked. Overstretched overseas and under-resourced at home, like global powers before it the United States is currently paying a heavy internal price for the pursuit of global power. The policy makers in Washington DC could learn valuable lessons from the fall of empires in the past including Rome, Spain, Britain and Russia. What those lessons are, and the costs of ignoring them, are the subject of David Coates’ America in the Shadow of Empires, whose content informs this lecture.

David Coates is the Worrell Chair of Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Perspectives on the 2016 Elections

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

This lecture will provide context and perspective on the 2016 U.S. elections, which are being held in an era of intense partisan polarization and public dissatisfaction with the performance of the U.S. political system. Attendees will gain insight into the 2016 elections by exploring the causes and consequences of partisan polarization and public dissatisfaction.

John Dinan is a Wake Forest University Professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs.