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Chinese Lunar New Year to be celebrated on campus Feb. 13

36bfceadf40c74aeac04b8039b4b83cd5c790fb4The Chinese Lunar New Year Festival will be held at The Barn from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13.  The event is free and open to the public.

Organizers extended an invitation with the following message:

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year’s here at Wake Forest.  Have a taste of traditional home-cooked food that represents the holiday, witness and be entertained by a variety of live performances provided by our (Wake Forest) students and the community as well as have fun with all the activities and games.

ASIA (Asian Student Interest Group) has organized the event with support from several University departments, including East Asian Languages and Cultures, as well as Multicultural Affairs.

Wake Forest’s TEDx event planned for Feb. 20

Eight speakers are scheduled to participate in Wake Forest’s 5th annual TEDxWakeForestU event on Feb. 20 from 12 to 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.


Mark Hurd

Topics will include cyber security,human trafficking, food safety and more.  Among the speakers will be Mark Hurd, chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation. The theme for the event is Haven: Fearlessness Reimagined.

Tickets are free for Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. General public tickets are $15. All attendees must have a ticket to attend.

More details about the event are available here.

Museum of Anthropology opens exhibit on youth culture

This is a guest post from the Museum of Anthropology:Childhood-Mary-Good

What do children play with in Mexico? How do kids in Somalia learn to read? The Museum of Anthropology’s new long-term exhibit, “Childhood: Exploring Youth Culture Around the World,” answers these and other questions about children’s lives around the globe.

Among the featured artifacts are an early 20th century Chinese doll in the image of a famous opera singer and a Senegalese lunchbox lined with newspaper comic strips. The exhibit also includes a section for visitors to share comments about their memorable childhood experiences.

The exhibition was developed from the work of a Wake Forest class, “Anthropology of Childhood,” taught by Assistant Professor of Anthropology  Mary Good during the spring 2015 semester. Under Good’s direction, the students each selected objects from the museum’s collections in the categories of children’s clothing, education, dolls, games or toys. The students researched their artifacts and wrote label text.

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Wake Forest Lovefeast to be held Dec. 6

Wake Forest University hosts its 50th annual Lovefeast service in Wait Chapel on Sunday, December 7, 2014.

The 51 st Annual Lovefeast at Wake Forest will be held Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The service is free and open to the public.  Seating is first come, first served.  Traditionally, all seats are occupied for the Wake Forest Lovefeast.

Video of the Wake Forest Lovefeast will be streamed live and will begin promptly at 8 pm.  To watch, visit

A lovefeast is an opportunity for all ages to come together for fellowship.  The University’s first lovefeast was was organized by a Moravian student.  A half century later, the Wake Forest Lovefeast is the largest Moravian-style lovefeast in North America and a popular Wake Forest and community tradition.

Faculty, staff: Free tickets available for soccer game

Faculty and staff can claim free tickets to watch No. 1 Wake Forest take on No. 16 Indiana in a third-round game of the NCAA Tournament. The matchup will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Spry Stadium, with a free festival for kids on the practice fields from 11 a.m.-noon, including a bounce house, pickup soccer games and an appearance by the Deacon.

Faculty and staff can pick up tickets at the Benson information desk from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday with a valid WFU ID. A maximum of six tickets can be claimed per ID. Tickets are only good for Alumni Hill. Additional tickets can be purchased for the hill or bleachers on or by calling 336.758.3322.

Knox to discuss upcoming international climate talks in Paris

road map to parisThis is a guest post from the University’s Office of Sustainability:

The world will be watching the international climate talks in Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11. Join Wake Forest faculty expert John Knox on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium for a guided tour of the likely trajectory of these talks.

Knox is Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law in the School of Law. He participated in the Conference of Parties (COP) last year in Lima, Peru, and will attend this year’s talks (COP21) in Paris.

Knox, who also serves as UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment, will discuss what form the agreements are taking, the likelihood that countries will meet their commitments, and whether the fairly massive promises of financial assistance to poorer countries are actually going to be carried out.

After the event, Ben & Jerry’s Save our Swirled Scoop Tour will provide free ice cream from a retrofitted Tesla! More information is available here.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Reynolda Village Annual Holiday Stroll to be held Nov. 21

The Reynolda Village Annual Holiday Stroll will be held Nov. 21 from 5-8 p.m.

Reynolda Village will be decorated for a festive evening including a visit from Santa Claus, carolers and carriage rides.

Shops in Reynolda Village are extending their business hours for the annual event.

Each year, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Reynolda Village holds the holiday stroll.

The event is free.

Veterans Day ceremony to be held on campus Nov. 11

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the flagpole in Parking Lot B between Davis Residence Hall and Benson University Center.  There will be a wreath laying ceremony in honor of veterans and all those currently serving in the military.  Limited seating will be available.

The event is sponsored by Army ROTC.

Bard Center’s Goodstein to speak about Clean Power Plan

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Eban Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library auditorium.

Goodstein will be at Wake Forest to introduce the Power Dialog, an effort to mobilize 10,000 students to engage in face-to-face dialogue with state-level regulators about implementing the Clean Power Plan. Goodstein will meet with staff and faculty to talk about the ways they can support students in developing a voice in critical decisions that will determine their future, and the future of the earth.

Information about this event and the ways to get involved is available here. It is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Ta-Nehisi Coates to deliver Voices of Our Time address Nov. 17

coates.for.insidePresident Hatch sent a message to faculty, staff and students regarding the Nov. 17 Voices of Our Time.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I’m pleased to share that Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for the Atlantic and author of The New York Times bestseller, “Between the World and Me,” will speak Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel as part of the Voices of Our Time speaker series.

Coates is a finalist for the National Book Award and was recently named a 2015 MacArthur “Genius” grant winner.

The event is free, though tickets are required. They can be reserved online at or by calling 336-758-5237. Wake Forest faculty, staff and students have an opportunity to reserve tickets in advance of the public announcement tomorrow, Nov. 4.

Voices of Our Time is a guest speaker series that exposes students, the Wake Forest community and the general public to some of the world’s leading thinkers — including scholars, scientists, writers, business and public policy leaders, activists and religious leaders — for discussions about timely national and international issues.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Ta-Nehisi Coates on Nov. 17.