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February 7, 2007

PREVENTING GENDER VIOLENCE AMONG MALES – Jackson Katz, one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists, believes educating men and boys about gender violence and providing mentors helps prevent gender violence.  Katz will discuss the issue of gender violence and his preventive approach at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel.  His talk, “Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity,” is free and open to the public.  Katz is an educator, author and filmmaker, internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work, particularly in the sports culture and the military.

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

PRESERVED MOVIE PALACE REBUILT FOR EXHIBIT – A portion of “The Alvin Shalimar,” a carefully preserved, 1930s-style, private working theater will be rebuilt in Wake Forest’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery for its next multimedia exhibition, “The Projectionist,” which will run Feb. 8 to March 18.  This will be the first time The Shalimar will be seen by the public.  For nearly 50 years, it has been the hidden jewel and private sanctuary of 91-year-old, self-taught artist Gordon Brinckle.  The exhibit, created by photographer and filmmaker Kendall Messick, features 40 color photographs by Messick, original drawings and designs by Brinckle and historical photographic documentation on Brinckle’s life as a projectionist.  The opening reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8.  During the exhibit opening Feb. 8, the documentary will be shown at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Scales Fine Arts Center Art Department, Room 102, and Messick will give a personal introduction.

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

FORMER ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY TO GIVE SERMON – The Very Rev. George Carey, who served as the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, will deliver the second “Worship in Wait” lecture of the spring semester titled “Is Your God Too Small?” at 11 a.m. Feb. 9 in Wait Chapel.  The event is free and open to the public.  A graduate of King’s College in London, Carey served as parish priest, principal of Trinity College in Bristol, and bishop of Bath and Wells before being selected as archbishop of Canterbury, the primate of all England and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.  He is author of numerous articles and books, including “The Church in the Marketplace” and his memoir, “Know the Truth.”  His visit to Winston-Salem is in cooperation with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  “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.


BIBLICAL SCHOLAR SAYS JUDAS PROVIDES NEW LOOK AT JESUS – Best-selling author and New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman will present a free, public lecture titled “The Alternative Vision of the Gospel of Judas” at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel.  The lecture is based on his most recent book, “The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot:  A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed.”  Ehrman is most widely know for his New York Times bestseller “Misquoting Jesus:  The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why,” which presents his theory that the Orthodox, not the heretics, tampered with biblical manuscripts.  Ehrman once considered himself a strong evangelical, but after three decades of studying the origins of Christianity, he says he has rejected his original beliefs. 

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

HELEN PREJEAN FEATURED AT WFU’S FIRST TOWN & GOWN – Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean will speak at Wake Forest University’s first “Town & Gown” event at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in Brendle Recital Hall.  Prejean will present “Dead Man Walking:  An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the U.S.,” followed by a question-and-answer session.  The event, hosted by President Nathan O. Hatch as part of the new “Voices of Our Time” speaker series, is free and open to the public.  “I hope that Town and Gown events will draw members of the community to campus to join in the conversation, and learn more about difficult and sometimes controversial issues that directly impact our community and world,” Hatch said.  A film screening and booksigning will be held in conjunction with the event.  The film “Dead Man Walking” will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in Pugh Auditorium.  Admission is free.  The booksigning will follow Prejean’s lecture in the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall.

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

LISA HENRY PERFORMS FOR FUTURE CHILDREN’S CENTER IN BENIN – Five Wake Forest students are planning to build an art and music center for children in Ouidah, Benin, West Africa. The center will be the first of its kind in Benin.  The students must raise $25,000 for the construction of the center and they will kick-off their fundraising efforts with a benefit concert featuring internationally-renowned jazz vocalist Lisa Henry at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Wait Chapel.  All proceeds will be used to purchase construction supplies.  After construction, the students also hope to involve Wake Forest students and faculty and professional musicians to equip Beninese teachers to incorporate art and music classes in their curriculum. 

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

BETH TWITTY TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ON TRAVEL SAFETY – Beth Twitty, the mother of Natalee Holloway, will speak to Wake Forest students about spring break safety at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center.  The event is free and open to the public. Holloway, who disappeared in May 2005 while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba, remains officially missing, although Aruban authorities believe she is dead.  In response to her daughter’s disappearance, Twitty established the International Safe Travels Foundation to educate and inform the public about safe international travel.  Her nationwide safety campaign, SAFE TRAVELS, is endorsed by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Association of School Resource Officers.

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

HOTEL RWANDA HERO TO DELIVER CONVOCATION ADDRESS —Paul Rusesabagina, whose story is chronicled in the film “Hotel Rwanda,” will deliver the Founders’ Day Convocation address “Hotel Rwanda:  A Lesson Yet to be Learned” at Wake Forest University at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 in the university’s Wait Chapel.  The event is free and open to the public.  Rusesabagina is unavailable for advance interviews and a formal press conference will not be held during his visit to Wake Forest.  However, Rusesabagina will speak at a private luncheon held in the university’s Benson University Center immediately after the convocation ceremony.  Any members of the media who would like to attend the luncheon are asked to contact Maggie Barrett in the News Service at or 336-758-5237.

Contact:  Maggie Barrett,, (336) 758-5237.


GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND BARRIER ISLANDS — A report released last week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted that hotter temperatures and rises in sea level will “continue for centuries.” In addition, the report blamed man-made emissions of greenhouse gases for an increase in hurricane and tropical storm strength, particularly in the Atlantic Ocean. Because warming will bring a greater frequency of more intense storms and the sea level is predicted to rise, William K. Smith, Babcock Professor of Botany, is investigating the effects of extreme events on barrier islands. He is leading a National Science Foundation-funded study group focused on developing a strategic plan for sustaining barrier island ecosystems in a changing global environment.  Group members represent a broad spectrum of research interests such as economics, human ecology, geology, ecology, anthropology and archaeology.

They are looking at the Gulf-area Chandeleur Islands as well as North Carolina’s Bald Head Island and four other coastal sites in the South. The group first met in April 2006, and will bring together “knowledge of geology, hydrology, ecology, and economics into a unified management plan for preserving what appears to be highly vulnerable ecosystems that also play a vital role in the preservation of coastal landscapes worldwide,” Smith said. “We are thinking of ways to coordinate human development with ecosystem sustainability,” said Smith. “We are even getting into the more progressive ideas of how to use native vegetation for greater stabilization of these transient, dynamic islands.”

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

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