Spring 2012 Lectures

Keeping the Dream Alive

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 3 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium

Fannézha Ford, the student winner of the 2011 WFU/WSSU Martin Luther King Jr. Building the Dream Award, will speak about education and service and why they are significant to her both as an African-American and as a student at Wake Forest University.

The End of Straight Supremacy

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Noon
ZSR Library Auditorium

WFU School of Law Professor Shannon Gilreath will read from his most recent book, The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation (Cambridge University Press, Nov. 2011). The release of The End of Straight Supremacy coincides with New York State’s legalization of gay marriage and the federal government’s repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Today, as never before, gay identity seems well on its way to becoming mainstream. But in this controversial book, Gilreath questions whether gay assimilation is really a good thing, challenging both conservative and liberal politics in the process. One reviewer touts The End of Straight Supremacy as “one of the most important texts in gay and lesbian studies in recent memory.” A question and answer session will follow the reading.

Copies of Professor Gilreath’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is co-sponsored by WFU School of Law, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Communities of Faith

Wake Forest’s Interfaith Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 4 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium

Associate professor in the School of Divinity Dr. Neal Walls, along with a number of students, visited the Holy Land during Winter Break. Several members from that group will reflect on their experiences and time spent there.

This lecture is also a Secrest Accent, an event in conjunction with the Secrest performance by The Rose Ensemble on January 26 (7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel).

Alpha Phi Alpha

A Legacy of Greatness, the Demands of Transcendence

Monday, February 6, 2012, 4 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium

When can we say that a fraternity is more than just a fraternity? It is dictated by the ideals and structure of the organization. In his newly published book, Gregory S. Parks, assistant professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, explores the challenges that one fraternity has grappled with for over a century to be not only the first but also the greatest.

Copies of Professor Parks’ book, Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, the Demands of Transcendence, will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is co-sponsored by WFU School of Law and Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

History and Myth

Why We Misunderstand the Civil War Era

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 3 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium

Reynolds Professor of History Paul Escott will examine two influential myths about the Civil War era: the South’s myth of the Lost Cause and the North’s more recent myth of Lincoln as a champion of black rights. Dr. Escott will explore why these myths were created and how they distort historical reality.

African American Women in the 20th Century

And the Road to and from Brown v. Board of Education

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 3 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium

The role of women in the civil rights struggle is often undervalued. WFU School of Law Professor Beth Hopkins will present unsung heroes in the struggle who benefited from the courage and vision of Mary McCloud Bethune.

Writing about Tribble

The Irony and the Ecstasy

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 3 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium

With his larger-than-life personality and unique management style, Dr. Harold Tribble was one of Wake Forest’s most colorful and controversial presidents. Jenny Puckett, Lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages, will discuss how boxes of personal letters and materials owned by Tribble’s family helped to produce a book about his life and times, 24 years after his death.

Copies of Ms. Puckett’s book, Fit for Battle: The Story of Wake Forest’s Harold W. Tribble, will be available for purchase and signing.

Double Jeopardy

Nightmare Cinema and the Doppelgänger

Monday, March 5, 2012, 4 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium

Steve Jarrett, Director of Media Facilities in the Communication Department, will explore the manifestations of the Doppelgänger trope in the horror film genre. The image of the sinister double of a protagonist is a mainstay of the genre, taking on a variety of specific forms through the years in translating our nightmares to the screen.

Mixing Electronic Sounds with a Romantic Violin

The Pioneering Work of Mario Davidovsky

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 4 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium

In the 1960s, Argentine-born composer Mario Davidovsky began his series of Synchronisms, which were some of the first compositions to integrate electronic sounds with acoustic instruments. In a discussion and performance of Davidovsky’s Synchronisms No. 9 (1988), Dr. Jacqui Carrasco will highlight the composer’s skill in combining romantic violin styles with sophisticated pre-recorded sounds to create a lush and beautiful modern masterpiece.

Student Works in Progress at the DFP

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 3 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium

Second year students from the Documentary Film Program will make brief presentations about their thesis films.

Earth Day Panel

Hydraulic Fracturing

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 3 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium

This year’s Earth Day panel will focus on the complex social, environmental and economic ramifications of hydrofracturing (“fracking”), a process of extracting natural gases from bedrock by fracturing the rock with high pressure fluid. Discussion panelists include:

  • Nathan Atkinson, J.D.: Mr. Atkinson is a toxic tort defense attorney with Spillman, Thomas and Battle. He will draw on his experience litigating complex multi-party lawsuits involving drilling, hydrofracturing, procurement of energy, extraction of natural resources, and environmental contamination.
  • Dick Schneider, J.D.: Mr. Schneider is a professor of environmental and international business law at the WFU School of Law. He serves on the Environmental Committee of the North Carolina State Bar Association.
  • Dr. Miles Silman, WFU Department of Biology, Director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES): Dr. Silman brings a scientific perspective, with an emphasis on the impact of fracking on ecosystems health.
  • Dr. Lucas Johnston, WFU Departments of Religion and Environmental Studies
  • Moderator: Dedee DeLongpré Johnston, Sustainability Director, WFU

This panel discussion is free and open to the public.

If you have any questions or comments or would like to give a lecture, please contact Carolyn McCallum or Chris Burris.