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September 6, 2006

DARFUR SITUATION COULD BECOME WORSE THAN RWANDA – Sylvain H. Boko, an expert on African politics and current socioeconomic issues at Wake Forest University, is available to speak to the media about the critical situation in Darfur. "If the international community waits any longer to take strong and decisive action, the consequences will be grave and will be worse than what we saw in Rwanda," said Boko, a native of Benin, West Africa, and a Knight of the National Order of Benin. "The Arab-dominated government of Sudan is not a neutral party in the conflict, and cannot be trusted in its offer to send troops to 'protect' the suffering civilians of Darfur. The 7,000-strong African peacekeeping force is too small and ill-equipped to do the job of protecting an area that is almost the size of France. The international community, with U.S. leadership, must exert strong pressure on the Khartoum government to let the United Nations force in." Boko is an associate professor of economics at Wake Forest. Each summer, he leads a Wake Forest study abroad course in African economic development to Benin. He is the author of "Decentralization and Reform in Africa"

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

EDUCATION PROFESSOR EXPLORES HISTORY OF DESEGREGATION – As today's schools work to meet the standards of the No Child Left Behind Act, a Wake Forest professor has taken an historical look at desegregation and the impact of standardized testing on blacks in 20th century South Carolina. In "Paradoxes of Desegregation," a new book published in August by University of South Carolina Press, Scott Baker documents blacks' struggles for educational equity in Charleston and how South Carolina educational leaders responded to their demands from the 1920s to the 1970s. Baker's study is among the first to examine the long-term effects on blacks of expanding standardized testing programs. "In essence, standardized testing replaced legalized segregation as a way of excluding African-Americans from white institutions," Baker said. "If a goal of No Child Left Behind is to narrow achievement gaps between whites and blacks, then this study of a half-century of high-stakes testing in South Carolina raises questions about whether test-driven systems of public education will promote access and equality."

Contact: Cheryl V. Walker, or (336) 758-5237.

CRISIS/HOSTAGE NEGOTIATION: WFU EXPERT CAN COMMENT – Randall G. Rogan, an expert on the communication and analysis of crisis/hostage negotiation, is available to speak to the media about the complexities involved in the profession of crisis/hostage negotiation, the focus of "Standoff," a new, fictional television series from the Fox Broadcasting Company. Rogan, professor and chair of communication at Wake Forest, has worked with the FBI and was a member of the team of analysts that helped identify the Unabomber. In the spring semester of 2005, Rogan taught the course "Communication, Terrorism and Hostage Negotiation" at Wake Forest. Rogan, who plans to watch "Standoff," said he hopes the series will realistically depict the difficulties and challenges various law enforcement officers must manage when striving to facilitate a peaceful end to a high-conflict, potentially lethal situation. "It would benefit the general public to learn about the reality of crisis/hostage negotiation," Rogan said. "Too often, this aspect of law enforcement is inaccurately portrayed and glamorized in films and made-for-TV movies."

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

SEPT. 11 PRAYER VIGIL TO BE HELD IN WAIT CHAPEL – In recognition of the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Wake Forest's Office of the Chaplain will sponsor a service of remembrance from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 11. The service is free and open to the public.

Contact: Wake Forest News Service at (336) 758-5237.

CHAIRMAN OF INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS BOARD TO SPEAK AT WAKE FOREST – Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), will speak at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 in Wake Forest's Pugh Auditorium, located in the Benson University Center. The event is free and open to the public. The IASB describes itself as an independent, privately-funded accounting and standard-setter based in London. It is committed to developing a single set of global accounting standards, and co-operates with national accounting standard-setters to achieve convergence in accounting standards around the world. Tweedie's address, "IASB, the Joint Convergence Project and Expectations for the Future," is the Calloway School's 21st Annual Hylton Lecture in Accountancy. Tweedie has been chairman of the IASB since January 2001 and is a visiting professor of accounting in the Management School at Edinburg University.

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING QUARTET OPENS SECREST SEASON – Wake Forest's 2006-2007 Secrest Artists Series will open with a concert by the six-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson Quartet with guest pianist Menahem Pressler. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in Brendle Recital Hall. The quartet, which normally features violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel, will be performing without Dutton, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. Tickets are available at (336) 758-5295.

Contact: Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

MUSEUM FAMILY DAY CELEBRATES MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY – Huichol shaman and artist Miguel Carrillo Montoya will be featured at Family Day at Wake Forest's Museum of Anthropology from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16. The event will celebrate Mexican Independence Day and will include games, crafts, storytelling and traditional Mexican snacks and desserts. Admission is free.

Contact: Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR TO VISIT WFU – Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will visit Wake Forest Sept. 21 to participate in "A Conversation with Sandra Day O'Connor" at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The event will follow an interview format in which a professor will ask O'Connor questions about her life as a legal professional. Wake Forest law students will also have an opportunity to ask O'Connor questions. Sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Law, the lecture will serve as the university's Constitution Day event and is one of the university's new "Voices of Our Time" events, which bring renowned experts to campus to explore timely issues. The event is open to members of the Wake Forest community, the law community and invited guests.

Contact: Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

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