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Magjuka named executive director of Pro Humanitate Institute

This is a guest post from the Pro Humanitate Institute:

Marianne Magjuka

On Sept. 1, Marianne Magjuka was named executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University. As executive director, Magjuka will provide strategic vision, oversight, and development for curricular and co-curricular initiatives of the Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI).  Magjuka has held a variety of leadership roles since arriving at Wake Forest. As both Assistant Dean of Students in the division of campus life and Director of Democratic Engagement for the PHI, Magjuka is  well-regarded on the Reynolda campus as an innovative, creative, smart, and diligent leader who combines scholarly inquiry and practical engagement in daily work.

For several years, Magjuka has supervised much of the social justice and democratic engagement initiatives of Wake Forest including leading the campus climate assessment process; establishing a regional VISTA program to address poverty in Winston-Salem through campus/community partnerships; initiating the BRANCHES social justice retreat for undergraduates; enacting social and racial justice training institutes for professional staff; supervising the staff of Campus Kitchen and multiple pre-orientation programs for first-year students; and serving as co-director of the innovative Wake the Vote effort.

“Marianne has an impressive and unique professional portfolio. She coordinates students, staff, faculty, and community members in an ongoing process of building and sustaining key relationships for our university,” said Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair of Politics and International Affairs who now assumes the title Faculty Director of PHI. “Marianne is an unparalleled leader in our organization and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work even more closely with her as she leads PHI as its executive director.”

'Truth, Lies, and Politics' panel discussion to be held Feb. 16


A panel discussion called “Truth, Lies, and Politics” will be  held at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel.

The panel’s moderator will be Melissa Harris-Perry, Presidential Endowed Professor in Politics and International Affairs.

Panelists will include:

  • Naomi Oreskes – Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University
  • Anthony Appiah – Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University
  • Dan Kahan – Professor of Law and Psychology at Yale Law School

The panel discussion will focus on various topics, including the impact of media in our democracy and citizens’ obligations to be informed about issues such as the human impact on climate change or the causes of economic inequality.

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability; the Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability; Department of Philosophy and the Thomas Jack Lynch Philosophy Fund; Department of Psychology; School of Law; Department of Politics and International Affairs; Department of Communication; Wake the Vote; College Democrats; The Arch Society; and The Euzelian Society.

For more detailed information, please visit the event page.