Spring 2015 Lectures

Events for Spring 2015

A Conversation with Mr. Wake Forest: A Student Event with Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson


Thursday, January 22, 2015, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
The Z. Smith Reynolds Library proudly presents the first Library Lecture Series event for the semester: “A Conversation with Mr. Wake Forest: A Student Event with Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson”. It will take place on Thursday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m. Students are invited to join Dr. Wilson, “Mr. Wake Forest”, for an informal discussion where he will answer questions and share reflections. A legendary figure on campus, Dr. Wilson graduated from Wake Forest in 1943, returned to teach English in 1951, and became the first Provost for the University in 1967. He has received numerous accolades along the way; for example, the Wilson Wing of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is named in his honor. Dr. Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost and Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, will host this event. Doors will open to the first 100 students beginning at 3:30 p.m. and then to the public at 3:55 p.m. A livestream of the event will be available through the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s YouTube channel and an overflow room will be set up in Room 204. Students, this one’s for you! Please join us!

Gracie Harrington’s “Building the Dream” Lecture: My Journey


Thursday, January 29, 2015, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
In her own words:
“Gracie Harrington’s “Building the Dream” Lecture: My Journey” is the sharing of my story to self-acceptance and advocacy as a bisexual woman on the Wake Forest campus. The lecture will include personal stories, memories from my “coming out” experience, and the music I have made that has helped me to document my journey.

Chopin’s Nocturnes:  A Fusion of Music and Visual Art

Monday, February 23, 2015, 4:00 PM
ZSR Room 401, Reynolds Wing
This Frederick Chopin birthday celebration promises to be an unprecedented “Library Lecture” experience featuring Pamela Howland from the Wake Forest Department of Music on the piano and the paintings of her husband Wendell Myers. Wendell’s nocturne-inspired art will be on display and attendees will be encouraged to walk around the room and experience the combined art forms. The end of the program will culminate with a live demonstration consisting of Wendell painting-on-the-spot as Pamela plays.
The event will begin with a brief introduction of the occasion, followed by a concert of Chopin’s Nocturnes. Light refreshments will also be served.

The End of Socialism

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
Dr. Jim Otteson’s presentation will be based on his recently released book The End of Socialism, which explores socialism as a system of political economy – that is, from the perspectives of both moral philosophy and economic theory. His book examines the exact nature of the practical difficulties socialism faces, which turn out to be greater than one might initially suppose, and then asks whether the moral ideals it champions – equality, fairness, and community – are important enough to warrant attempts to overcome these difficulties nonetheless, especially in light of the alleged moral failings of capitalism. The result is an examination of the “end of socialism,” both in the sense of the moral goals it proposes and in the results of its unfolding logic.
Dr. Otteson joined the Wake Forest University School of Business in the Fall of 2013 as Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching Professor of Political Economy.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015, 3:30 PM
ZSR Special Collections Reading Room (Room 625, Reynolds Wing)
The ZSR Library Lecture Series celebrates Poetry Month on April 16 with the opening of a new Special Collections & Archives exhibit, W.B. Yeats and his Books.