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