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October 18, 2006

DEBATE COACH, WFU GRADUATE CREATE POLITICAL DEBATE BLOG Ross Smith, debate coach at Wake Forest University, and Timothy O’Donnell, a 1992 and 1997 graduate of the university, have created Debatescoop.org, the first Weblog or blog dedicated to electoral political debate in the United States.  During the weeks prior to the Nov. 7 elections, the blog will cover many of the key debates in races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and numerous gubernatorial races.  A team of debate scholars from across the nation will contribute analyses in order to promote public understanding of what constitutes good debate.  “Such coverage of political debates by debate experts is unique and unprecedented,” Smith said.  O’Donnell, director of debate and associate professor of speech at the University of Mary Washington, said he and Smith hope Debatescoop.org will eventually lead to a change in the nature of political debates in the United States.  “For too long, those who are best positioned to contribute to the national discussion of debate have been silent, letting the media and campaigns guide public understanding of debate.”

Contact:  Maggie Barrett, barretmb@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

 

COOKING UP CREATIVITY – In October and November, Wake Forest will host “COOK IT UP – A Creativity Forum,” an interactive series of events designed to inspire participants to think about creativity and what it means to be creative.  The series, which is free and open to the public, consists of events featuring open discussions centered on the nature of creativity led by Wake Forest faculty.  As part of their coursework, students taking a class in creativity and innovation 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.  The first event, “Identities and Inventions,” will feature Irma Alarcon, assistant professor of Romance languages and Michele Gillespie, Kahle Associate Professor of History, and will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 in the common area of Luter Residence Hall.  Other events will take place at the same time and location Oct. 26 and Nov. 2.  For more information on “COOK IT UP,” call (336) 758-3383.

Contact:  Maggie Barrett, barretmb@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

 

FACULTY MEMBERS DISCUSS SCHOOL RESEGREGATION Wake Forest faculty members from the School of Law and the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences will address the issue of school resegregation from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum, Room 111.  The panel discussion, “School Resegregation, Law and Public Policy:  A Discussion,” is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by Wake Forest’s debate program and the Communication Faculty Colloquium Series.  During the event, Mark Hall, the Fred D. and Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law; Katy Harriger, professor of political science; Bryan Shelly, assistant professor of political science; and Earl Smith, Rubin Professor of American Ethnic Studies and professor of sociology, will present positions on what some say has been a trend toward resegregation in public schools since the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education.  For more information about the event, call (336) 725-2377.

Contact:  Maggie Barrett, barretmb@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

 

PROJECT PUMPKIN:  HALLOWEEN MEDIA OPPORTUNITY Wake Forest will host nearly 1,000 children from community agencies across Winston-Salem for “Under the Big Top,” its 18th annual Project Pumpkin, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26.  The circus extravaganza, held on Hearn Plaza between Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall, will feature carnival games, face painting, haunted houses and costumed student volunteers escorting children through residence halls for trick-or-treating.  Entertainment, including music and dancing, will be provided by campus groups.  A “mad scientist” will also perform experiments in his “laboratory.”  The event is not open to the general public. The media is invited to attend.  Morning show segments can be arranged.  Organizers will begin decorating Hearn Plaza at 5 a.m. Oct. 26.  Media representatives are required to check in at the media table in front of Wait Chapel.

Contact:  Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

 

KING, BRAFFET FEATURED AT BOOK READING – Authors Owen King and Kelly Braffet will give a book reading and signing at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall, Room 111.  King, an award-winning writer and son of writers Stephen and Tabitha King, will read from his acclaimed novella, “We’re All in This Together.”  Braffet will read from her latest release, “Last Seen Leaving.”

Contact:  Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

 

CAN MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS, JEWS LIVE IN PEACE? In a time when issues of religious intolerance seem to be at an all-time high, is it possible for a theater production to help bring about peace?  G.E. Lessing thought so in the 18th century, and theater artists at Wake Forest believe his message is relevant today.  At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 1-4, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 5, the Wake Forest University Theatre will present Richard Sewell’s adaptation of Lessing’s “Nathan the Wise” in the MainStage Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center.  The play, a theatrical fable that follows the religious journey of a Jewish merchant named Nathan, offers a compelling and urgent argument that reminds audiences of the power of reconciliation and communion between and within nations.

Contact:  Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

 

DEBATE PROGRAM, 88.5 WFDD SPONSOR POLITICAL DEBATES Wake Forest University’s debate program and radio station 88.5 WFDD will sponsor a political debate series approximately two weeks before the November 2006 elections.  The Wake Forest Open Candidate Debate Series will be recorded at the WFDD studios, located on the university’s Reynolda Campus.  Six candidates running for three offices have been invited to participate, including Forsyth County Board of Commissioners candidates David Plyler and Ted Kaplan; North Carolina 5th Congressional District candidates Roger Sharpe and Virginia Foxx; and Guilford County sheriff candidates B.J. Barnes and Berkley Blanks.  Each discussion will last 30 minutes and will be moderated by a WFDD staff member.  The moderator will ask questions and raise topics, which will be formulated by the moderator or selected from WFDD listener e-mail suggestions.  Plyler, Kaplan, Sharpe and Blanks have agreed to participate.  As of Oct. 18, Foxx and Barnes had not announced a decision.  If neither Foxx nor Barnes participates, Sharpe and Blanks will be interviewed in place of the scheduled debates.  The debates are scheduled to be broadcast on WFDD at 6 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2.

Contact:  Maggie Barrett, barretmb@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

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