President Hatch: Special ‘Hamilton’ keynote and conference on ‘The Arts of Leading’

This message from President Hatch was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 10:

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Five years ago, we inaugurated the Leadership Project to engage the Wake Forest community by inviting leaders from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and professions to share their inspiring stories. Since then, we have launched the Program for Leadership and Character and other initiatives to develop leadership across campus. These efforts draw on the rich tradition of the liberal arts at the heart of the College and our Graduate and Professional Schools. Today I’m excited to share a special opportunity that draws on the liberal arts to illuminate our understanding of leadership.

Renée Elise Goldsberry, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning star of Hamilton, will be speaking and performing on Friday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel. An actress, singer and songwriter who has starred on TV, film and Broadway, Goldsberry will share her vision of leadership and the arts and treat us to a special performance afterward. The event will kick-off Black History Month at Wake Forest.

This keynote will also launch an international conference on “The Arts of Leading: Perspectives from the Humanities and Liberal Arts,” which will continue on Feb. 2 and 3 in Porter Byrum Welcome Center. Co-organized by Wake Forest and the Oxford Character Project, this interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from classics, history, literature, philosophy, religion and the visual and performing arts to showcase what we can learn about leadership from the liberal arts. Speakers include leading scholars from Wake Forest and other universities, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, Penn, Chicago, Duke, UNC, Richmond, CUNY, Jewish Theological Seminary and King’s College London. There will also be interactive workshops to explore how the liberal arts can shape our practice of leadership.

The keynote and conference are free and open to the public, but registration is required. You can register here. We expect a large audience, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that while registration is required, it does not guarantee entry. These are not ticketed events, so seating will be first-come, first-served.

This keynote and international conference are rare and special opportunities for Wake Forest to explore how the liberal arts can enable us to lead for humanity. I hope you will join us.


Nathan O. Hatch