December 16th, 2013 | Faculty News
The following faculty members have been selected to serve as resident professors at the Wake Forest overseas houses in 2015-2016:
Worrell House (London)
- Fall 2015: Page West (Business)
- Spring 2016: Mary Wayne-Thomas (Theatre)
Flow House (Vienna)
- Fall 2015: Robert Hellyer (History)
- Spring 2016: Lisa Kiang (Psychology)
Casa Artom (Venice)
- Fall 2015: Jacqui Carrasco (Music)
- Spring 2016: Wanda Balzano (Women’s and Gender Studies)
November 27th, 2013 | Faculty News
We are saddened to inform you that Cyclone Covey, professor emeritus of history, died Nov. 22 in Winston-Salem. Covey was a member of the Wake Forest faculty from 1968 until his retirement in 1988.
A memorial service for Covey will be held Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. in Wait Chapel. A reception for the family will be held earlier in the afternoon, at 1:30 p.m., at Frank Vogler & Sons funeral home on Reynolda Road.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at P.O. Box 7777, Winston-Salem, NC 27109 or through the online giving form.
Read a story about Covey in the Winston-Salem Journal »
Read the obituary in the Winston-Salem Journal »
November 7th, 2013 | University Announcement
Henry and Elizabeth Stroupe pose in front of their Faculty Drive home in 2006. The Stroupes moved into the home in 1956.
Elizabeth Stroupe, wife of longtime faculty member Henry and mother of current faculty member David (’68), passed away on Nov. 4 a week after she had turned 100. Henry Stroupe began teaching history on the Old Campus, and he retired in 1984. The Stroupes were married for 67 years until Henry died in 2009.
Elizabeth Stroupe served as president of the University Club, and as wife of the chair of the history department and dean of the Graduate School, she was hostess for many faculty and student events both at home and on campus. Elizabeth and Henry were avid sports fans, attending all home football and basketball games until both were well into their 90s.
David Stroupe is a lecturer in Health and Exercise Science.
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October 16th, 2013 | Events
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and Old Salem, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, are hosting a conference called “Lay My Burden Down” on Oct. 17-18. At the conference, experts and non-experts alike will explore issues of freedom.
Wake Forest’s Reynolds Professor of History Paul D. Escott, who is a conference organizer and Civil War expert, said that the conference will bring together several of the most renowned historians who have written about slavery and emancipation. “We are extremely fortunate to have both celebrated senior scholars, such as Ira Berlin and Thavolia Glymph, and outstanding younger historians, such as Heather Williams, Susan O’Donovan and David Cecelski. They will share new information and perspectives to this critical period in our nation’s history.”
Among the many scheduled events, Maya Angelou — Reynolds Professor of American Studies, poet, author and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 — will present a Poem for the Occasion and three Wake Forest senior history majors will give presentations. Tours of St. Philips Heritage Center, the oldest standing African-American church in North Carolina are also being offered.
A complete schedule of events is on the “Lay My Burden Down” website.
October 14th, 2013 | Faculty News
As part of an ongoing commitment to recognize exceptional Wake Forest faculty and recruit talented new professors, Professor of History Michele Gillespie has been named the first Presidential Chair. President Nathan Hatch announced the Presidential Chair initiative in 2012, and Gillespie is the first honored with the endowed faculty position.
The Presidential Chairs recognize and support faculty who embody Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar ideal.
“At Wake Forest, retaining and rewarding exceptional faculty is central to making it an extraordinary place of learning,” said Jacque Fetrow, dean of the College. “We are pleased to recognize Michele with a Presidential Chair for her academic leadership, her outstanding scholarship, and her passionate integration of teaching with that scholarly work.”
Gillespie, who joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1999, is currently the Kahle Family Professor of History. She also served as associate provost for academic initiatives from 2007 to 2010.
Gillespie teaches courses on the history of the American South, U.S. labor, women’s and gender history. Her research explores constructions of class, race, gender and region in the social and economic history of the American South. Her most recent book, “Katharine and R.J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South,” received national attention. She is currently working on an interpretive biography of Mary Musgrove and racial identity in early Georgia, and co-editing the two-volume “North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times.”
“Our signature Wake Forest tradition of prominent teaching and scholarship on southern U.S. history is carried on brilliantly by Michele,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “Recognizing her exemplary work — and simultaneously honoring this central thread in the fabric of our institution — seems a perfect way to inaugurate this exciting program of presidential endowed chairs.”
Later this month, Wake Forest will announce the funding of two additional Presidential Chairs in the departments of history and economics. Recipients of these Chairs have not yet been named.
September 17th, 2013 | Faculty News
Michele Gillespie, the Kahle Family Professor of History at Wake Forest, recently spoke to an audience of 40 people at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History as part of the museum’s fall history talks. Gillespie’s presentation about Katharine and R.J. Reynolds was featured in The Mount Airy News.
Gillespie’s latest book is on the couple: “Katharine and R.J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South.”
Read the story from The Mount Airy News »
August 30th, 2013 | Faculty News
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August 27th, 2013 | Faculty News
Anthony Parent and Ulrike Wiethaus of Wake Forest have published a book which includes their own work as well as that of many other Wake Forest authors: “Trauma and Resilience in American Indian and African American Southern History.” It was published by Peter Lang Publishing in April.
Parent is a professor of history and American ethnic studies, and Wiethaus is a professor of religion and American ethnic studies, as well as being a 2013 Community Solutions Fellow with the Institute for Public Engagement.
Parent and Wiethaus wrote the introduction (“Un-doing Southern Silences”), and Parent wrote two chapters: “‘Home’ and ‘House’ in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” and “Slave Songs as a Public Poetics of Resistance.”
Other Wake Forest authors and their chapter titles:
- Beth Hopkins, director of outreach for the School of Law, “The Making of an African American Family”
- Margaret Bender, associate professor of anthropology, “Language Loss and Resilience in Cherokee Medicinal Texts”
- Margaret Zulick, associate professor of communication, “The Suppression of Native American Presence in the Protestant Myth of America”
- Nina Maria Lucas; associate professor, director of dance, artistic director of the Dance Company; “Dancing as Protest: Three African American Choreographers, 1940–1960″
- Christy Buchanan, professor of psychology; Joseph Grzywacz, associate director for research, Center for Worker Health, associate professor, department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine; “African-American Mothers of Adolescents: Resilience and Strengths”
- Stephen Boyd, John Allen Easley Professor of Religion, “The Visceral Roots of Racism”
- Ronald Neal, visiting assistant professor of religion, “Race, Class, and the Traumatic Legacy of Southern Masculinity”
- Ana-Maria Wahl, associate professor of sociology; and Steven Gunkel, lecturer in sociology; “‘Living High on the Hog’? Race, Class and Union Organizing in Rural North Carolina”
July 30th, 2013 | Faculty News, Staff News
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