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Wake Forest, WSSU host celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

mlk-350x175Each year, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University collaborate to host a major celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this year’s program is “On Common Ground: A Dream Deferred.”

On Monday, Jan. 16, comedian, political commentator, radio show host and actor, D.L. Hughley will present the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speech at 7 p.m. in K.R. Williams Auditorium at Winston-Salem State University. The event is free and open to the public.

Earlier in the evening, Wake Forest will host an invitation-only banquet where students and faculty/staff from both Winston-Salem State and Wake Forest will receive the “Building the Dream” award in recognition of their efforts toward improving social justice and building community.

For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joint celebration, contact the Wake Forest Intercultural Center at 336-758-5864, or Winston-Salem State University Student Activities and Engagement at 336-750-3351.

Additional MLK Weekend Events

On Saturday, Jan. 14, Wake Forest University will host the seventh annual MLK Day Read-In in the Benson University Center, Room 401 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is being organized by Girl Talk Triad Chapter, HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, Salem College, UNC School of the Arts, Wake Forest, and Winston-Salem State University. The Read-In promotes King’s legacy of service, literacy and community empowerment to children ages 4-10. Parents and guardians are requested to fill out the following online or paper-based forms. For additional information, please contact Kyle Gassaway at 336-724-2866 or

On Sunday, Jan. 15, Wake Forest will host the 12th Annual GospelFest at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. This year the Intercultural Center will host Gospel recording artist Kierra “KiKi” Sheard and the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir.

Tickets are available at For more information on GospelFest, contact the Wake Forest Intercultural Center at 336-758-5864.

Unbroken Circle to perform at Byrum Center for Shalom Project

Wake Forest hosts the annual Festival on the Quad as part of Homecoming 2016, on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The Unbroken Circle performs.

Members of The Unbroken Circle performing at Wake Forest’s 2016 Homecoming.

Bluegrass string band The Unbroken Circle will perform two shows at Wake Forest in February in support of The Shalom Project.

“The benefit for The Shalom Project is an event we look forward to the entire year,” said Martha Allman, band member and Wake Forest’s dean of admissions.  “We love sharing our music with such enthusiastic crowds and for such a great cause.”

The shows will be open to the public.  Donations offered during the shows by the local band will support the programs and initiatives of The Shalom Project, based in Winston-Salem.

Each show will start at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3 and 4 in the Kulynych Auditorium of the Byrum Welcome Center at Wake Forest.

“We are looking forward to another fabulous show from this talented group of caring musicians who are so willing to share their time and talents to raise funds and awareness for the work of The Shalom Project,” said Lynn Brown, executive director of The Shalom Project.

For more information, contact The Shalom Project.

Faculty, staff invited to bring children to campus party Dec. 13

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their families, including their children, to the University’s annual holiday party on Dec. 13.  The free event will take place from 3-6 p.m. at The Barn.

Refreshments–food and beverages–will be served.

Shuttles will bring guests to the party from the circle in front of Benson University Center and from University Corporate Center.

Some highlights of the holiday include:

–Three children’s activity stations will be set up:  cookie decorating, arts and crafts, games.
–Santa Claus will attend and be available for photos taken with children.
–In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food for a food drive supporting The Big Four Million Meals Challenge.

Guns N’Roses tickets offered to students, faculty and staff Dec. 9

gnr-digi-board-858x242-1Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff will have the chance to take advantage of a special PRE-SALE ticket opportunity on Friday, Dec. 9,  for the “GUNS N’ ROSES: Not In This Lifetime Tour ” event being held at BB&T Field on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, those interested in purchasing tickets can go to and use the code: TURNTABLE to access the pre-sale opportunity.  Pre-Sale will end at 10 p.m. Dec. 9.  Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Dec. 10 beginning at 10 a.m.  PRE-SALE TICKETS CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED ONLINE.

BB&T Field is one of only nine U.S. venues that will host the tour in 2017 and the only in the Mid-Atlantic region.  It is the first large concert event to be held at BB&T Field since the early 1990s and is expected to sell out.The event is being managed by the Wake Forest Department of Athletics.

University’s holiday party to be held Dec. 13

Faculty and staff, along with their children and other family members, are invited to attend the University’s annual holiday party on Dec. 13.  The free event will take place from 3-6 p.m. at The Barn.

Refreshments–food and beverages–will be served.

A shuttle service from the University Corporate Center and Benson University Center will be available. Pickup at both locations will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m.

President Nathan O. Hatch e-mailed an invitation to faculty and staff on Nov. 30.

Gentry Lectures to be presented Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Mark Newman of the University of Michigan will present the Gentry Lectures on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture will be presented at 4 p.m. Nov. 30 in Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center.  The lecture’s title is “Epidemics, Erdos Numbers, and the Internet: The New Science of Networks.”  A reception will be held at 3 p.m. in Manchester Hall, Room 336.

The second will be presented at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 in Kirby Hall, Room B02.  The lecture’s title is “Structure, Phase Transitions, and Belief Propagation in Networks.”

At Michigan, Newman is the Anatol Rapoport Distinguished University Professor of Physics and a professor in the university’s Center for the Study of Complex Systems.  Among other honors, he is a 2016 John S. Guggenheim Fellow in Applied Mathematics and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He also was the recipient of the 2014 Lagrange Prize.

Two Lovefeast services, a Candle Tea to be held Dec. 4

Wake Forest University hosts its 51st annual Moravian Lovefeast holiday celebration in Wait Chapel on Sunday, December 6, 2015. President Nathan O. Hatch and his wife, Julie, attend the service.

Due to the popularity of Wake Forest’s annual Lovefeast, the University will host two Lovefeast services this year.  The first will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4, both in Wait Chapel. Traditionally, only one Lovefeast service has been held at Wake Forest each year.

Between the services, the University will hold a Candle Tea in the adjacent Davis Chapel, starting at 5 p.m. and ending just before the 8 p.m. Lovefeast service starts.

The Lovefeast services and the Candle Tea are free and open to the public.

The 4:30 p.m. service, which features a telling of the Christmas story instead of a sermon, will be slightly abbreviated and last about an hour. The traditional service at 8 p.m. will run approximately 90 minutes.

Video of both services will be streamed live. To watch, visit

The Candle Tea will include displays by local artisans of their Christmas crafts.  Those who attend the Candle Tea will have the opportunity to learn about Moravian Christmas traditions while listening to choral and instrumental Christmas music.

Wake Forest trustee Al Hunt to participate in ‘Election’ forums

Journalist Al Hunt, a Wake Forest trustee and alumnus, will participate in “Election 2016: Debating the Issues,” a three-day series of forums at Wake Forest featuring national and regional experts offering different perspectives on key election issues.  Free and open to the public, the sessions will be held Oct. 25, 26 and 27 in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center.

Hunt, who oversees Bloomberg’s coverage of U.S. elections and other political news, will speak at 3 p.m. Oct. 26.  His presentation is entitled, “Al Hunt: An Insider’s Perspective on American Politics Today.”

Conservative and liberal voices are represented on panels moderated by Wake Forest professors.

More information is available here.

House bill 2 public forum to be held Oct. 15 in Tribble Hall

A public forum on North Carolina House Bill 2 will be held Oct. 15 from 1:45-3:15 p.m. in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium.

It is free and open to the University community and public.

“North Carolina House Bill 2: Privacy or Discrimination?” is an event of the AMINTAPHIL Conference on Privacy at Wake Forest.  AMINTAPHIL is the American Section of the International Association of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.

Panelists will include:

  • Kristina Gupta, Wake Forest assistant professor of women, gender and sexuality studies
  • Win-chiat Lee, Wake Forest professor of philosophy
  • Harold Lloyd, associate professor of law
  • Leslie Francis, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Utah

The forum is co-sponsored by the philosophy department; the women, gender and sexuality studies department; and the law school.


Wake Forest hosts public forums on key election issues

From foreign policy to education policy, Wake Forest University will host “Election 2016: Debating the Issues,” a three-day series of forums featuring national and regional experts offering different perspectives on key election issues. Free and open to the public, the sessions will be held Oct. 25, 26, and 27.

“The purpose of the conference is to leave the audience better briefed on key issues now in debate in this election, and better informed about the various candidates’ policy positions on these issues,” said David Coates, professor of politics and international affairs and one of the organizers of the event.

Conservative and liberal voices are represented on panels moderated by Wake Forest professors. Speakers include members of the Council on Foreign Relations, immigration policy analysts from the Cato Institute and the Center for American Progress, a member of President Obama’s economic team, an economics columnist from the American Enterprise Institute, an education policy researcher, leading journalists covering North Carolina politics and a high school teacher.

Two 90-minute moderated panels ending with a question-and-answer session will be held each day beginning in the late afternoon.  All sessions will be held in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center on the Wake Forest campus.  The schedule is below.  Additional details are posted on the conference website.


 Foreign Policy and National Security

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Moderator: David Coates, politics professor at Wake Forest


Jennifer Harris is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-author of “War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft.”  She previously served on the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State and was responsible for global markets, geoeconomic issues and energy security. She is a Wake Forest graduate.

Henry Nau, professor at George Washington University, is a Council on Foreign Relations member and author of “Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman and Reagan.” He served on President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council and currently co-directs the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program which organizes semiannual meetings with members of the U.S. Congress, Japanese Diet and Korean National Assembly.

Economic Policy

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Moderators:  Robert Whaples and Todd McFall, Wake Forest economics professors


Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, served as chief economist and economic advisor to Vice President Joseph Biden from 2009 to 2011, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team.

James Pethokoukis is a columnist and blogger at the American Enterprise Institute.  He has previously served as the Washington columnist for Reuters Breakingviews, the opinion and commentary wing of Thomson Reuters and as business editor and columnist for U.S. News & World Report.

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