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Wake Forest University hosts events to inspire creativity

October 17, 2006

During October and November, Wake Forest University will host “COOK IT UP – A Creativity Forum,” an annual, interactive series of events designed to inspireparticipants to think about creativity and what it means to be creative.

The series, which is free and open to the public, consists of three events featuring open discussions led by Wake Forest faculty.  Students plan and execute each event, deciding what food to serve and how to serve it, as well as what kind of decorations and furnishings should be used to create the setting.

“COOK IT UP” events will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 2.  Each one will take place in the common area of Luter Residence Hall, which is behind the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on the university’s Reynolda Campus.

The events center on topics about the nature of creativity and are determined by Lynn Book, visiting associate professor of theater and dance at Wake Forest.  The topics are presented for open discussion led by Book and two other Wake Forest faculty members from different disciplines.  Students taking Book’s “Foundations of Creativity and Innovation” class use the topics as inspiration to design and carry out the details of each event, including decor and catering.

The events are as follows:  “Identities and Inventions” on Oct. 19 featuring Irma  Alarcon, assistant professor of Romance languages, and Michele Gillespie, Kahle Associate Professor of History;  “Bodies, Boundaries and Other Worlds” on Oct. 26 featuring Jed Macosko, assistant professor of physics, and Michaelle Browers, assistant professor of political science;  and “Thinking Actions, Making Change” on Nov. 2 featuring Jack Lucido, lecturer in communication, Stavroula Glezakos, assistant professor of philosophy, and Sylvain Boko, Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Economics. 

The series is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts and the theatre and dance department, with support from the Office of Residence Life and Housing and Aramark Dining Services.

"Foundations of Creativity and Innovation” is one of the courses offered through Wake Forest’s minor in entrepreneurship and social enterprise.

For more information on “COOK IT UP,” contact Book at or 336-758-3383.

Press Contacts:

Maggie Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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