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Conference on intercultural learning, free to WFU community

The WISE_header1WISE Conference, Wake Forest’s premier conference focusing on intercultural learning will be held on Feb. 5-6 at the Marriott Hotel Winston-Salem in downtown Winston-Salem. The conference is free for Wake Forest faculty and staff; however, registration is required through Eventbrite.

Hosted by the Center for Global Programs and Studies, WISE helps faculty and staff leaders, program coordinators and student advisors develop the knowledge and skills they need to help study abroad students — including international students who “study abroad” in the U.S. or another country — develop intercultural skills and awareness.

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October faculty publication announcements

Ilesanmi, Simeon O. (Religion), Win-Chiat Lee (Philosophy), & J. Wilson Parker (Law), Eds. The Rule of Law and the Rule of God. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

Lanzoni, Rémi Fournier. (Romance Languages). French Comedy on Screen: A Cinematic History. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

McFall, Todd A. (Economics). The (Peculiar) Economics of NCAA Basketball. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

Mitra, Ananda. (Communication). Digital DNA: Social Networking and You. Rupa Publications. September 2014.

Otteson, James R. (Business). The End of Socialism. Cambridge University Press. October 2014.

Wood, John H. (Economics). Central Banking in a Democracy: The Federal Reserve and its Alternatives (Routledge Explorations in Economic History series). Routledge. October 2014.

Faculty milestones for August 2014

See a list of faculty milestones for August 2014.

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Proposals funded: Denlinger, Mitra, Thonhauser



Ananda Mitra


Timo Thonhauser


Congratulations to Kyle Denlinger, assistant librarian, whose proposal entitled “RootsMOOC: A Massive Open Online Course for Genealogy Research” has been funded by the State Library of North Carolina.

Congratulations to Ananda Mitra, professor of communications, whose proposal entitled “Hospice needs Assessment” has been funded by the Hospice of the Piedmont.

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Kinetics and Reactivity in Metal Organic Framework Materials” has been funded by the US Department of Energy and the University of Texas-Dallas (WFU funding agency).

Department of Communication faculty highlights

From awards to publications to presentations, the Department of Communication has written a roundup of faculty news to share:

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Update from the Department of Communication

The communication department has provided a roundup of activities and accomplishments from fall 2013.

Keep up with the Wake Forest communication department on Twitter @WakeComm and through the Communication at WFU Facebook group.

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Update from the Dept. of Communication

Mary Dalton

Mary Dalton

Mary M. Dalton and Laura R. Linder published “Teacher TV: Iconic Images of Teachers on American Television” in How “the Teacher” Is Presented in Literature, History, Religion, and the Arts: Cross-cultural Analyses of a Stereotype, eds. Raymond McCluskey and Stephen Mckinney. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, pp. 225-236, 2013.

Mary M. Dalton also published the article “Conquer or Connect: Power, Patterns, and the Gendered Narrative” in The Journal of Film and Video, Volume 65, Nos. 1-2, Spring/Summer 2013, pp. 23-29.

Sandy Dickson, Cindy Hill, Cara Pilson, Mary Dalton and Peter Gilbert hosted the screening of their documentary “The Last Flight of Petr Ginz” here at Wake Forest. They also screened “The Last Flight of Petr Ginz” at The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University; at the 16th UK Jewish Film Festival in London; and at the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival in Hong Kong and Macau.

Nate French and the Magnolia Scholars program received a $6.5 million gift from Dr. Steven and Becky Scott (read more).

Steven Giles, Pankratz, M.M., Ringwalt, C., Jackson-Newsom, J., Hansen, W.B., Bishop, D., Dusenbury, L., & Gottfredson, N. worked on “The Role of Teacher Communicator Style in the Delivery of a Middle School Substance Use Prevention Program,” which will appear in Journal of Drug Education, 42 (4). Continue reading »

Faculty receive awards for contributions to entrepreneurship

Three faculty members — Jeanne Simonelli, Ananda Mitra and Polly Black — received awards on April 11 at the annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards banquet, co-hosted by the Entrepreneurship Society and the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (CICE).

Read a full summary of the event, which celebrates the achievements of students, faculty and staff, and the keynote speech by Jean Case, CEO of The Case Foundation »

Jeanne SimonelliSimonelli, a professor of anthropology, received the Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Faculty Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Simonelli taught one of the first cross-campus entrepreneurship classes called Free Trade, Fair Trade: Independent Entrepreneurs in the Global Market. She also took the entrepreneurial torch to Nicaragua and helped to teach the principles of entrepreneurship to small business owners there.

Ananda MitraMitra, a professor of communication, received the David and Leila Farr Award for Course Development and Research. Mitra has published a series of 10 books on the effects of digital technology on the world and coined a new term, the NARB, an item of personal information posted online. Mitra and his new digital technologies are shaping everyday life practices from how we teach to the way in which the marginalized can gain a voice through the use of Internet.

Polly BlackBlack is an instructor in the School of Business, an affiliate professor with the Documentary Film Program and the assistant vice president and director of the CICE. She won the Faculty Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award from the students for the impact she is making on their lives through her teaching and mentoring. One student said, “She has given so many students the opportunity to pursue their dreams while developing a skill set no other department at Wake Forest can teach you. Through her I’ve learned to be a better leader, visionary, and creative thinker.”

Mitra offers expertise at service-learning conference

Ananda Mitra


Communication professor Ananda Mitra and Wake Forest documentary film student Kim Dryden presented at the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement Conference last month in Baltimore, Md.

Faculty, administrators and students from colleges nationwide attended the conference.

Documentary screening

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Museum of Anthropology will screen “Immersed in India,” a documentary produced by Dryden. The film documents the personal journeys of students traveling to India as part of Ananda Mitra’s summer abroad course.

For faculty

Faculty members interested in learning more about incorporating service learning into new or existing courses are invited to contact Mitra. The application deadline for the 2012-13 ACE Fellows Program is Oct. 31. The ACE Fellows Program is supported by the Institute for Public Engagement, the Teaching and Learning Center and the Dean of the College.

Mitra shared information on planning international service-learning trips and preparing students to get the most of their study abroad experience. The talk included ideas for preparing students for immersion into another culture before the trip, responding to cultural and environmental experiences while abroad, and documenting the student experience after the trip.

For two years, Mitra has offered a six-week undergraduate summer study abroad course entitled “Culture and Communication in India: Sustainability vs. Globalization.” The class includes an optional student-developed Wake the Himalayas Service Learning and Community Engagement program supporting education in the Himalayan town of Leh. Students work with community partners, teach classes, engage in social and sports activities with the children and write reflection journals.

Dryden, a 2013 MFA candidate, traveled with Mitra’s group this past summer to produce, “Immersed in India,” a film documenting the journeys of the students in Mitra’s summer abroad course. Continue reading »

Update from Dept. of Communication

Jarrod Atchison

  • Jarrod Atchison published the essay “Pedagogical Functions of the Annual Resolution in Contemporary Policy Debate: Reflections on the Controversy Outlined in the 3rd Developmental Conference,” along with Edward Panetta, in the ALTA volume Reasoned Argument and Social Change. Jarrod was also on the Editorial Board. Ed. Panetta is also a Wake Forest alum!
  • Ananda MitraAnanda Mitra spoke at the fourth annual Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement (WISE), which is hosted by Wake Forest. He also gave a talk at the Byrum Center on service-learning opportunities in India.