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Wake Forest film, speaker series highlights issues of humanity

January 8, 2007

Wake Forest University will host “For Whose Humanity?,” a film and speaker series featuring four renowned speakers whose work has raised questions and issues regarding how we serve humanity.  The four-week series will feature scientist Keith Campbell, filmmaker Keith Beauchamp, Sister Helen Prejean and Rwandan hero Paul Rusesabagina. 

The series will begin Jan. 30 and end Feb. 22 and will include a film screening and discussion each Tuesday that will relate to a lecture and question-and-answer session on the following Thursday.  Admission is free and the public is invited.

The series schedule is as follows:

Week 1

Film:  “The Island.”  7 p.m., Jan. 30, Pugh Auditorium. 

Speaker:  Keith Campbell, co-creator of “Dolly” the sheep lecturing on “What We Can Do and Should We Do It?”  7 p.m., Feb. 1, Brendle Recital Hall. 

Week 2

Film:  “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.”  7 p.m., Feb. 6, Pugh Auditorium. 

Speaker:  Filmmaker and civil rights activist Keith Beauchamp lecturing on “Race in the South: What the Civil Rights Movement Did and Did Not Accomplish.” 

7 p.m., Feb. 8, Brendle Recital Hall.

Week 3

Film:  “Dead Man Walking.”  7 p.m., Feb. 13, Pugh Auditorium. 

Speaker:  Helen Prejean, Roman Catholic nun and one of the leading American advocates for abolishing the death penalty lecturing on “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the U.S.”  7 p.m., Feb. 15, Brendle Recital Hall. 

Week 4

Film:  “Hotel Rwanda.”  7 p.m., Feb. 20, Pugh Auditorium. 

Speaker:  Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero of “Hotel Rwanda” lecturing on “Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to Be Learned.”  Wake Forest Founder’s Day Convocation address, 11 a.m., Feb. 22, Wait Chapel.

The series is funded by a grant by the Lilly Endowment.  The four lectures are also part of Wake Forest’s new “Voices of Our Time” series, an annual guest speaker series initiated by Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch to bring renowned experts to campus to explore timely issues.  Prejean’s Feb. 15 lecture is designated as a Presidential Town & Gown Event, a new event hosted by Hatch that is intended to encourage more participation from the greater Piedmont Triad community.   

Free parking will be provided for all events.  For more information, call (336) 758-6075.

To arrange interviews or media coverage, contact Pam Barrett.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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