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January 24, 2007

‘WORSHIP IN WAIT’ SERIES RESUMES JAN. 28 Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch will lead the first spring semester event for the new “Worship in Wait” lecture series at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in Wait Chapel.  He will deliver the sermon “My Struggle to Believe.”  Hatch, author of the 1989 book “The Democratization of American Christianity,” is recognized as one of the most influential scholars in the study of the history of religion in America.  The book, which won national acclaim and garnered three major prizes, offers a reassessment of religion and culture during the early days of the republic.  It argues that during this period, American Christianity was democratized, and commoners became powerful actors on the religious scene.  “Worship in Wait” is a new series of talks started in the fall of 2006 in an effort to bring distinguished preachers from diverse religious traditions to the university’s most recognizable landmark, Wait Chapel.  The series brings preachers to the university and to the Winston-Salem community who are recognized for their work as pastors, teachers and writers.  The goal of the free, public speaker series is to respond to contemporary issues within the context of ecumenical worship.  It is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Wake Forest Divinity School and the Office of the Chaplain.  For additional information, call (336) 758-5121 or visit

Contact:  Jacob McConnico, or (336) 758-5237.

JOHN EDWARDS TO VISIT WAKE FOREST John Edwards, presidential hopeful, lawyer and former U.S. senator, will be at Wake Forest Jan. 29 to participate in the School of Law’s “Conversation With” series.  The event, free and open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  The format calls for moderator Miles Foy of the law school to pose a number of questions to Edwards.  The two will sit at the front of the chapel, facing the audience.  The “Conversation With” series has brought several national figures in the legal profession to Wake Forest in recent years.  Members of the media should sit in the front row of the chapel, far right side.  Television cameras should be set up inside the chapel on the stairs and landing on the far right side.  Photographers are asked not to shoot from roving positions close to the stage after the first three minutes.  TV crews should arrive no later than 15 minutes before the start of the program if they want to connect to the chapel’s sound system.

Contact:  Kevin P. Cox, or (336) 758-5237.

CLONING:  SHOULD WE OR SHOULDN’T WE? Cloning will be the first of four topics in Wake Forest’s “For Whose Humanity” Pro Humanitate Film & Speaker Series.  At 7 p.m. Feb. 1, Keith Campbell, the co-creator of Dolly the sheep, will speak in Brendle Recital Hall on “What We Can Do and Should We Do It?”  He will address the birth of Dolly and how this epic research breakthrough raised more questions than it answered.  The series, which features a film each Tuesday and a speaker with a question-and-answer session the following Thursday for four weeks, will include the screening of the 2005 film “The Island” at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in Pugh Auditorium.  Campbell will also hold a booksigning following the lecture.  Copies of “The Second Creation:  Dolly and the Age of Biological Control” will be available for sale.

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

SOCIOLOGIST TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE Sociologist Patricia Yancey Martin, nationally known for her research on gender and organizations, will discuss social justice and the treatment of rape victims in a lecture at Wake Forest University Feb. 1.  The free, public talk, “Organizations, Rape Work and Social Justice” will begin at 4 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium.  Martin, the Daisy Parker Flory Professor of Sociology at Florida State University, has written four books and more than 90 articles on gender and organizations. The lecture will be based on her most recent book, “Rape Work: Victims, Gender and Emotions in Organization and Community Context.”  In the book, she examines how organizations, including police departments, hospital emergency rooms, and the courts, respond to rape victims and suggests ways to create organizational changes aimed at improving the quality of care for rape victims. While on campus, Martin will also lead workshops for students and staff and meet with student groups, including PREPARE, a Wake Forest student group focused on rape education, prevention and response.   Her visit is sponsored by Wake Forest’s sociology department and several campus departments and organizations.

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

CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS – Wake Forest’s football, field hockey and men’s soccer teams will be honored at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in Wait Chapel at an event that will include the university marching band, cheerleaders, a number of university officials, including President Nathan O. Hatch and Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines.  The event, which will feature the teams’ players and coaches, is being held to give the university and off-campus communities the opportunity to extend their congratulations for the teams’ successful seasons.  The celebration is free and open to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff and the public.  The football team played in the FedEx Orange Bowl after winning the ACC championship.  The field hockey team won the ACC championship and played in the NCAA national championship game.  The men’s soccer team won the regular season ACC championship and played in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Contact:  Kevin P. Cox, or (336) 758-5237.

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