Spring 2016 Lectures

Events for Spring 2016

Reynolda: An American Story

children at Reynolda estate

Tuesday, January 19 – Thursday, February 4, 2016, 12:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

Offered to the campus community for the first time, this lecture course will examine the Reynolda estate through the lens of 20th-century American history, considering topics such as tobacco, the American Country Place Era, progressive agriculture, women’s history, and the story of the new South.

The full story of Reynolda is an American story and not merely a regional one. This course demonstrates how the history of Reynolda (including the relocation of Wake Forest College) connects with the larger picture of post-Civil War and 20th-century American history and culture including industry, race, women’s education, philanthropy, and many other topics.

  • Tobacco and American History: Jean Nicot to R.J. Reynolds
    Tuesday, January 19, 12:00 PM
  • The Progressive Education of Katharine Smith Reynolds
    Thursday, January 21, 12:00 PM
  • Envisioning a Model Farm for the New South
    Tuesday, January 26, 12:00 PM
  • Reynolda: A Community in the Country
    Thursday, January 28, 12:00 PM
  • Katharine’s “Palace Bungalow:” Architecture and Interior Design
    Tuesday, February 2, 12:00 PM
  • Orphans of Reynolda: Transition and Preservation
    Thursday, February 4, 12:00 PM

Annual Martin Luther King Lecture


Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

Nehemiah Rolle, winner of the WFU-WSSU “Building the Dream Award” will present this lecture.

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The History of WFDD


Thursday, February 25, 2016, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

WFDD is turning 70 this fall! We started in 1946 as a pirate radio station in the boys’ dormitory of the old Wake Forest campus. Molly Davis and Sara Chisesi Gladding will share some of the history and facts about WFDD through a fun trivia game.

Molly Davis is the Assistant General Manager of WFDD and Sara Chisesi Gladding is the Membership Manager.

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The Pope, Peru and Paris

Catanoso in Peru

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

Justin Catanoso will focus on his journalism this summer in Rome and across Peru, as he reported on the Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical, or teaching document, on environmental protection, global warming, and oppression of the poor. He will provide insights from his reporting from the pope’s native region and how the encyclical is being received. He will illustrate his talk with stories from high up in the Andes, where mining is prevalent, to the coastal farm valleys under threat from copper mining. These stories will link outcomes from the all-important UN Climate summit in Paris and whether Francis had the impact he desired. A preview of his lecture, via the Pulitzer Centercan be seen here.

Justin Catanoso is an Associate Professor and Director of the Journalism Program at Wake Forest University. His work has been featured in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Catholic Digest and on National Public Radio.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Global Wake Week.

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Feeling My Neighbor’s Faith: Aesthetics and Hindu-Christian Encounter


Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

Encounters between other faith traditions can evoke strong aesthetic reactions, both positive and negative. At the same time, the intensity and meaningfulness of aesthetic experiences have often been described in theological terms. Michelle Voss Roberts, a Christian theologian, brings together these insights in her study of Hindu traditions. In this lecture on her award-winning book, she will discuss how Hindu theological aesthetics can illuminate the role of art and emotion in interfaith understanding.

Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (Fordham University Press, 2013) is this year’s winner of the American Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Constructive-Reflective Studies. Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts is Associate Professor of Theology at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

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The Printer’s Art and the Conservator’s Hand: Restoration of Wake Forest’s Nuremberg Chronicle


Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

The book popularly known as the Nuremberg Chronicle represents a pinnacle of achievement for 15th century printing. Published by Anton Koberger in 1493–less than fifty years after Johannes Gutenberg’s first successful experiments with moveable type– the Nuremberg Chronicle integrated printed text and woodcut illustrations with a level of sophistication previously unknown in the new art of printing. ZSR Special Collections & Archives holds two copies of this significant work. One of them, donated by author and composer Dr. Edwin Stringfellow in 1957, had been rebound in the 18th century and was in urgent need of repair. In 2015, Etherington Conservation Services (located in Browns Summit, NC) completed an in-depth conservation treatment of this valued volume.

The restored book will be on display at this Library Lecture event. Rare Books Curator Megan Mulder will discuss the history and significance of the Nuremberg Chronicle, and Preservation Librarian Craig Fansler, will describe the work undertaken to preserve Wake Forest’s copy. Please join us for an up-close look at this important artifact of Renaissance printing!

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