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Wake Forest announces spring 'Voices of our Time' speaker schedule

January 17, 2007

Beginning Feb. 1, Wake Forest University will continue its “Voices of Our Time” speaker series, which brings distinguished scientists, writers, business experts, activists, politicians and ministers to campus to discuss issues relevant to current events. 

Nine events will be held during the spring semester.  Guests will include researcher Keith Campbell, civil rights activist Keith Beauchamp, death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean and author Bart Ehrman.   A panel discussion on competitive business advantage moderated by journalist Charlie Rose will also be held in April.  A complete schedule is provided below. 

All events are free and open to the public, and free parking will be provided. 

Launched by Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch, the series also includes two Presidential Town & Gown Events, which will feature diverse speakers and topics of broad interest to the community.  Hatch has initiated “Town & Gown” to reach out to the greater Piedmont Triad community and encourage bridge building between the university and the community at large. 

“This past fall, we had a wonderful response to the ‘Voices of Our Time’ series and were privileged to have guests such as Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Leonard Pitts Jr. and the Rev. Dr. James Forbes,” Hatch said.  “I invite the community to join us again

this semester, especially for the two ‘Town & Gown’ events–one will focus on the issue of the death penalty and the other on competitive business advantage.  Because Wake Forest is part of the Winston-Salem community, we want to offer ways for the entire Triad to explore issues that affect us locally as well as globally.”

The series schedule is as follows: 

  • “What We Can Do and Should We Do It?,” Keith Campbell, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall

Presentation/discussion by co-creator of “Dolly” the sheep. 

  • “Is Your God Too Small?,” The Very Rev. George Carey, Feb. 9, 11 a.m., Wait Chapel

Sermon by former Archbishop of Canterbury and author of “The Church in the Marketplace” and “Know the Truth.”

  • “Race in the South:  What the Civil Rights Movement Did and Did Not Accomplish,” Keith Beauchamp, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall

Presentation/discussion by documentary filmmaker and civil rights activist.

  • “The Alternative Vision of the Gospel of Judas,” Bart Ehrman, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Wait Chapel

Presentation/discussion by author of “Misquoting Jesus.”

  • Presidential “Town & Gown” Event

    “Dead Man Walking:  An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the U.S.,” Sister Helen Prejean, Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall

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 religion analysts in America.

  • The Rev. Dr. Molly Marshall, April 24, 11 a.m., Wait Chapel

Sermon by first female president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • “Town & Gown” Event

    “Creating Competitive Advantage in an Increasingly Flat World,” April 10, (time and location will be announced)

Panel discussion featuring journalist Charlie Rose as moderator and panelists Charlie and Candy Ergen, EchoStar Communications Corporation; John Medica, Dell; Ken Thompson, Wachovia Corporation; David Dupree, The Halifax Group; and Eric Wiseman, VF Corporation.

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(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
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