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Wake Forest to bring prominent ‘Voices of our Time’ to campus

August 29, 2006

Wake Forest University is launching “Voices of Our Time,” an annual guest speaker series that will bring some of the most distinguished and renowned experts of the day to campus to discuss timely topics from biotechnology to religion to business competitiveness.

This year, the series includes at least 10 events, featuring scientists, writers, business experts, activists, politicians and ministers. All of these events will be free and open to the public.

Two of the events will also be designated as Presidential Town & Gown Events. “Town & Gown” is one of President Nathan O. Hatch’s initiatives to reach out to the greater Piedmont Triad community and encourage the building of bridges between the university and the community at large. Hosted by Hatch, “Town & Gown” events will feature diverse speakers and topics of broad interest to the community.

“As a liberal arts university, Wake Forest is committed to creating an atmosphere where dialogue flourishes among people with various interests and beliefs,” Hatch said. “I’m pleased that these great “voices of our time” are coming to our campus and encourage the community to join us in exploring some of the relevant issues of our day.”

“Voices of Our Time” events include:

  • “God Opens Our Ears,” the Rev. Dr. Fred Craddock, Sept. 5, 11 a.m., Wait Chapel

Sermon by one of Newsweek’s “12 Best Living Preachers” and professor emeritus of Emory University.

  • “Biotechnology: Innovation, Funding & Ethics,” Sept. 29, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center

Two-session bioethics conference featuring Steve Burrill, Burrill & Company; Clifton Leaf, Fortune magazine; and Arthur Caplan, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania. Limited seating; registration required,

  • The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr., Oct. 8, 8 p.m., Wait Chapel

Sermon by internationally known preacher and senior pastor of the Riverside Church, New York, N.Y.

  • Brian McLaren, Oct. 24, 11 a.m., 7 p.m., Wait Chapel

Two sermons by “emerging church” expert, preacher, author and founder of Cedar Ridge Community Church, Baltimore/Washington area. All-day conference offered;

  • “What We Can Do and Should We Do It?,” Keith Campbell, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., (location TBA)

Presentation/discussion by researcher behind the cloning of “Dolly.”

  • “Race in the South: What the Civil Rights Movement Did and Did Not Accomplish,” Keith Beauchamp, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., (location TBA)

Presentation/discussion by documentary filmmaker and civil rights activist.

  • “Town & Gown” Event: “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the U.S.,” Sister Helen Prejean, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., (location TBA)

Presentation/discussion by author of “Dead Man Walking” and crusader against the death penalty.

  • “Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to Be Learned,” Paul Rusesabagina, Feb. 22, 11 a.m., Wait Chapel

Founders’ Day Convocation address by real-life hero of Hotel Rwanda.

  • The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, March 25, 8 p.m. Wait Chapel

Sermon by minister, author and one of the top analysts of religion in America.

  • “Town & Gown” Event: “Creating Competitive Advantage in an Increasingly Flat World,” April 10, (time and location TBA)

Panel discussion featuring Charlie and Candy Ergen, EchoStar Communications Corporation; John Medica, Dell; Ken Thompson, Wachovia Corporation; and David Dupree, The Halifax Group.

Free parking will be available for all events. For detailed information, visit

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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