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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 http://go.wfu.edu/lovefeastlive.

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.

TUESDAY, OCT. 25

 Foreign Policy and National Security

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Moderator: David Coates, politics professor at Wake Forest

Speakers:

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

Speakers:

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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Kimball to deliver Mitchell Interfaith Lecture Sept. 22

Charles Kimball, former professor at Wake Forest and now Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver the Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Lecture entitled, “Understanding Religious Extremism among the Children of Abraham,” on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. The lecture, sponsored by Interfaith Winston-Salem, is free and open to the public.

Kimball will explore the ideological and historical roots of religious extremism within and between the three monotheistic traditions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – that trace their heritage to the prophet Abraham. He will then offer strategies for countering such extremism in our modern globalized world.

Kimball served as chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University from 1996 to 2008, when he accepted the position of Presidential Professor and director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of five books, including “When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Kimball has worked closely on interreligious dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims for more than three decades, both in the U.S. and in the Middle East.

The Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Series honors Carlton T. Mitchell (WFU ’43), who taught in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest. Mitchell, who died in 2013, was a leader in building interfaith cooperation and understanding. Interfaith Winston Salem sponsors the series to honor Mitchell’s pioneering efforts by offering lectures, concerts and other activities that help people of Winston Salem better understand the religious differences of their neighbors.

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Department for the Study of Religions, and other community partners are co-sponsoring the September 22 lecture.

Harris-Perry advances justice for women and girls of color

Wake Forest students and staff members in the Wake the Vote class pose for headshots on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.

Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair, spoke before the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls April 28. The session allowed members of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls to explore the condition of black women in the United States through the testimony of black female academic, activists, celebrities and business women. Here is a link to the testimony she presented.

On April 29 and 30, Wake Forest’s Anna Julia Cooper Center – led by Harris-Perry – is hosting “Know Her Truths: Advancing Justice for Women & Girls of Color,” a national gathering focused on advancing justice for women and girls of color.

The conference is a key part of an ongoing, collaborative initiative to develop a meaningful research agenda addressing women and girls of color. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Benson University Center 401. Nearly 100 speakers and panelists representing more than 60 organizations and institutions will participate. The full agenda and list of speakers are available on the “Know Her Truths” website.

Watch the livestream of the conference here.

Harris-Perry has also been named a winner of the 2016 Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism. Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists who pursue investigative reporting and deep storytelling in service of the common good. Winners exemplify resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skilled storytelling, social impact and relevance to the ideals of Sidney Hillman.

She was recently named editor-at-large for Elle magazine.

Executive Vice President Milam to present annual update

This message was sent by email to students, staff and faculty today on behalf of the Faculty Senate:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Hof Milam, executive vice president, will give his annual financial update to the University on Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium (Benson University Center).

Mr. Milam will review the Wake Forest University budget for the next year, as well as provide information on the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The Senate enthusiastically invites all Wake Forest University students, staff and faculty to attend.

Benefits Fair to be held May 3 in Benson University Center

The 2016 annual benefits fair for faculty and staff will be held May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401.

More than 40 benefit providers will be present with representatives available to speak with attendees.

In addition to booths for vendors such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, the fair will also have a booth for the THRIVE program associated with the Office of Wellbeing. HELPS (Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle Programs) will be present, too.

Refreshments will be served. Raffle prizes will be offered.

Human Resources, which is organizing the event, will also be reminding benefits-eligible faculty and staff to take note of the benefits enrollment period that runs from April 25-May 6.

For more information, visit hr.wfu.edu or call 336-758-6404.