Spring 2017 Lectures

Martin Luther King Panel Discussion

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

Matthew Williams, Director of Communication in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will facilitate a discussion with the WFU-WSSU Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award winners, Dr. T. Nathaniel French and Chizoba Ukairo.

Katharine & R.J. Reynolds and the Making of the Modern South

Monday, January 30, 2017, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

The intriguing lives of Katharine and R. J. Reynolds shed a bright light on the dynamics of power in the rapidly modernizing region of the Piedmont South in the early 20th century. Their unusual marriage suggests a new way to understand how the post-Reconstruction New South elite helped construct business structures, social relations, and racial hierarchies that continue to impact North Carolina today.

Michele Gillespie is the Wake Forest University Dean of the College and holds an endowed presidential chair in Southern History.

The Angel in the Harvey House: Corporate Domesticity in the American Southwest, 1883-1940

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

Through an analysis of the print culture of late 19th- and early 20th-century railroad expansion in the U.S., this talk will reveal the methods by which corporations reframed the Southwest in terms of American patriotism and civic duty. Promotional materials featuring “Harvey Girls”– white women hired as waitresses in the Santa Fe Railway’s Harvey House restaurants—demonstrate the railway’s massive rhetorical campaign tapping into sentimental values centered in the Anglo-American, middle-class home. Later, the company would circulate postcards, pamphlets, and booklets scripting Indian women into the same nationalist narrative, mythologizing the Southwest as an ancient and future repository of middle-class values.

Carrie Johnston is the Digital Humanities Research Designer at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Book Talk & Signing: The Lost Book of the Grail

photograph of author Charlie Lovett and book jacket of The Lost Book of the Grail

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 4:00 PM
ZSR Special Collections Reading Room (Room 625, Reynolds Wing)

New York Times bestselling author Charlie Lovett will give a presentation and book signing to celebrate the publication of his latest novel, The Lost Book of the Grail.  The new book is a biblio-mystery about an English cathedral, a lost medieval manuscript– and a digital humanities project.

Charlie will be on hand to autograph books after the talk. Copies of The Lost Book of the Grail will be available for purchase at the event and can also be pre-ordered from Bookmarks. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see actual medieval manuscripts from ZSR Special Collections.

DaDa @ 100! Art, Activism, and Innovation Then and Now

Monday, March 20, 2017, 4:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)

2016 was the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cabaret Voltaire and DaDa. A burst of an idea in 1916, the art movement known as DaDa gave birth to a new 20th Century creativity. It spread through and beyond the arts and reverberated in cities across Europe, the Americas and beyond. DaDa was arguably the first instance of artists from a wide range of disciplines coming together to create art that was wildly imaginative, unapologetically experimental, and noisily provocative. The urgency of DaDa, emerging at the intersection of technological transformation and the violence and destruction of World War I, rendered the process of art making essential to this time of radical change.

Lynn Book, Teaching Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Wake Forest University and Associate Director for the WFU Program for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, will focus on parallels between then and now, proposing the art movement’s irrepressible potential remains alive with challenge written into its DaDa DNA. She will also discuss “DADA! 100 Years of Edge Innovation”, the university-wide, campus and community event that took place throughout ZSR Library last November, highlighting the creative research and engagement that brought together a host of experimentalists from Wake Forest and area partners.