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Roniger receives recognition for Latin American Studies research

luis.roniger.300x175Reynolds Professor of Political Science Luis Roniger received two awards recognizing his work at the 35th annual conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies held at Rutgers University.

Roniger won the Harold Eugene Davis Prize for the best article on Latin America published in the previous two years. The article on the Sacralization of National Consensus and the Struggle over Historical Memory in Post-Dictatorial Uruguay was published in Spanish in 2012 in the academic journal América Latina Hoy of the University of Salamanca.

The Davis Prize committee, in recognizing Roniger’s work writes:

    Roniger’s article offers a deeply informed theoretically sophisticated, empirically rich, far-reaching analysis of contemporary struggles over national memory and the legacy of military impunity in Uruguay. The argument follows multiple threads while maintaining a tight focus on the contradictions, transformations, and dynamics of collective struggles among and between the military and civil society in the years following the transition to democracy in the mid-1980s. The analysis is rigorous, subtle, nuanced, multilayer and complex, and based on extensive research undertaken over more than a decade. It also has significant comparative implications for other nation-states emerging from the impunity and brutality of military dictatorship, and offers a kind of model for examining the ways that civil society and the state interact in struggles over how nations remember and narrate the collective trauma of military dictatorship. As one of our committee members noted, “Those of us familiar with global Cold War history understand how complex these processes can be,” and Luis Roniger does an exemplary job of teasing out the core dynamics and key elements in these larger struggles among and between different groups of actors over historical memory, military impunity and state accountability in Uruguay from the mid-1980s to the present day.

Roniger was also awarded the Arthur Whitaker Prize for the best book in Latin American Studies, La política del destierro y el exilio en América Latina (i.e. The Politics of Banishment and Exile in Latin America)co-authored with Mario Sznajder of Hebrew University and published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica in Mexico (December 2013).

Locklair’s chorus performed by WFU Concert Choir in Ireland

Dan Locklair

Dan Locklair’s “The Cloths of Heaven” was performed by the Wake Forest University Concert Choir on tour in Ireland. Associate Professor of Music Brian Gorelick conducted the a cappella piece.

Performances were held  at Galway Cathedral, the city’s Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Ann’s Church of Ireland, also in Dublin.

“‘The Cloths of Heaven’ piece was completed in September 2013 and was composed for, and is dedicated to, the Wake Forest University Concert Choir in celebration of the Choir’s 2014 tour of Ireland,” said Locklair. “This approximately three-minute composition is a setting of Irish poet William Butler Yeats’s well-known love poem originally entitled, ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.’ First published in 1899 as a part of his third volume of poetry, Yeats’s expressive and provocative poem reflects through dream and reality his adoration toward the woman he loves.”

The score will be published by Subito Music.

Proposals funded: Carroll, Silman, Williams

David Carroll

Carroll

Congratulations to the following professors for proposals funded:

Physics professor David Carroll, whose proposal entitled “DragonSkin Development” has been funded by the International ThermoDyne, LLC.

Biology professor Miles R. Silman, whose proposal entitled “Biocharproduction for tropical agriculture and carbon sequestration” has been funded by the Blue Moon Foundation.

Miles Silman

Silman

Richard Williams

Williams

Physics professor Richard T. Williams, whose proposal entitled “Quantifying recombination dynamics in Srl2:Eu2+ with material variations: mechanisms and scintillator optimization” has been funded by the US Department of Energy and the Fisk University (WFU funding agency).

Salem Band performs their 2014 Winter Concert

The Salem Band, led by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Eileen Young, performed their 2014 Winter Concert in Brendle Recital Hall on Feb. 4. The band played a variety of pieces including Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” the “Morning Star Polka,” Benny Goodman’s “Let’s Dance” and Les Brown’s “Leap Frog” among other favorites. “This concert gives the band a chance to play in a formal hall,” said Young.

The band is made up of 60 musicians varying in age and levels of experience, from Kate Chanas who has only played with Salem for four months to Bob Ward who has been performing for 50 years. “This is another family,” Ward said. “It just speaks a different language.”

The Salem Band, established in 1771, is the oldest, continuous mixed wind ensemble in the nation. During the summertime, concerts are normally held outside in Salem Square.

Read More:

Scene & Heard: Before the snow, we were out and about, Winston-Salem Journal

www.salemband.org

Davis organizes cleanup of historic cemetery

20101202davis3530On Feb. 22, Wake Forest volunteers and other members of the community worked together to clean Odd Fellows Cemetery at an event organized by David Davis, manager of landscaping services.

Odd Fellows was created in 1911 and served as the only burial site for black residents for years. Since the 1950s, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair.

Davis organized the service project through the North Carolina Branch of the Professional Grounds Management Society. He was inspired by the story of Deltra Bonner, whose aunt’s gravesite was recently rediscovered.

“I felt led to do something,” Davis said.

Volunteers sowed grass, planted 2,500 flower bulbs and cleared away litter. They also worked to remove a tree that fell last June.

James Clyburn, president of the Friends of Odd Fellows Inc., appreciated the volunteers’ efforts. “It’s very exciting to see people to come out and help clean up a cemetery that’s been in disarray for over 30 to 40 years,” he said.

Derrick Boone, associate dean for the Masters of the Arts in Management program at the University, brought his son to the event to teach him the value of service and history. Dedee Johnston, director of the Wake Forest Office of Sustainability, organized students to volunteer at the event. “This is a culturally significant site,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to bring some dignity back to the space.”

Read the full story in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Former professor Litcher dies

John Litcher on motorcycle (1977)John H. Litcher (P ’83, ’85), who taught a generation of education students how to become great teachers, died Feb. 22 after a lengthy illness. He was 75.

Litcher was also regarded for his community service and was a support team member and a past president of the Lewisville (NC) Fire Department.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on March 8 at Lewisville Fire Department Station 13, 9420 Shallowford Road, Lewisville, N.C.

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Bioethics Semester Online course show & tell

Spring 2014 marked the launch of Wake Forest’s first Semester Online course, “Introduction to Bioethics.” Biology professor Carole Browne, the instructor for the online class offered to qualified college students from anywhere in the world, will walk alumni, faculty, students and staff through her lesson plan and share her experiences teaching in this environment on Monday, March 3 from 12-1 p.m.

“Introduction to Bioethics” explores contemporary issues in bioethics, including responsible conduct in research, implications of technological advances in biology, environmental issues and controversies in health care and medical practices. Browne is currently running two sections of the course, one fully online for Semester Online students and one blended for Wake Forest students.

The event will take place in Reynolda 301. Faculty may bring a lunch and refreshments will also be provided. Those interested in attending should RSVP via this link http://pdc.wfu.edu/event/p7586VB4V6n/.

Wake Forest joined the Semester Online Consortium in September 2013. The first-of-its-kind program offers for-credit undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier universities.

Semester Online’s roster of nationally renowned colleges and universities includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis in addition to Wake Forest.

The full news release announcing the new initiative is posted on the Wake Forest news site.

 

180th Founders’ Day Celebration

20140220convocation2873On Feb. 20, the Wake Forest community gathered together in Wait Chapel to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the founding of the University at Founders’ Day Convocation. The annual event recognizes student leaders and honors faculty for teaching, research and service.

Read more about the award winners »

Upcoming GateKeepers Workshop

Would you like to participate in an upcoming GateKeepers workshop? The GateKeepers Workshop Series was developed to equip each member of our community with the intercultural skills that are necessary for working in a diverse and inclusive environment. To date, more than 1,200 faculty, staff and students have participated in the program.  Click here to learn about some of their experiences.

Registration for GateKeepers 1, 2 and 3 is now available, and we welcome you to sign up today. If you have already completed the workshop series, please share this email with others and/or register for a refresher.

GateKeepers 1: Enhancing Our Community Through Inclusion

(Lunch & Learn)

March 27 | Reynolda Hall 301, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Register at https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/7590/

GateKeepers 2: Cross-Cultural Conflict & Dialogue

February 27 | Benson University Center 401, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

April 11 | Benson University Center 401, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Register at http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/769/

GateKeepers 3: Contact Theory & Dialogue

(Lunch & Learn)

April 21 | Reynolda Hall 301, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Register at http://pdc.wfu.edu/event/7591/

Reynolda Village invites all faculty, staff to Wake the Village

WTV LogoReynolda Village invites all faculty and staff to Wake the Village on Saturday, March 1. Shop, dine, and explore while enjoying exclusive discounts upon showing a Deacon Onecard:

  • 15% Off at Village Tavern (excluding alcoholic beverages)
  • 15% Off Dinner at Silo (excluding alcoholic beverages)
  • 10% Off Breakfast & Lunch/15% Off Dinner at Pane e Vino
  • 15% Off & FREE Truffle with Purchase at Black Mountain Chocolate
  • 10% Off at Gourmet Olive Branch
  • 10% Off Selected Artwork & Accessories at Village Smith Galleries
  • $25 Off a Purchase of $100 or more at J.McLaughlin
  • 20% Off at Monkee’s of the Village
  • 10% Off at The Little General
  • 50% Off Any One Service at European Touch Day Spa (Coupon to be used anytime)
  • 20% Off at K-9 Doggie Bakery & Boutique (excluding Dog & Cat Food)
  • 20% Off a Painting or Pottery Session at Uncorked Masterpiece
  • 20% Off Any Full Price Item at McCall’s
  • 15% Off at M. Christopher