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March 14, 2007

UNEARTH ROOTS OF APPALACHIAN CULTURE AT 10TH IRISH FESTIVAL – Wake Forest University will celebrate its 10th annual Irish Festival Community Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 on Davis Field in front of Scales Fine Arts Center.  The event will highlight some of the historical relationships between Irish and Appalachian culture in North Carolina.  The celebration traditionally draws thousands of visitors and will feature a variety of activities, including Appalachian and Irish music, dancing and storytelling; hurling; children’s activities and jam sessions.  A schedule of activities can be found at  In case of inclement weather, the event will take place inside Scales Fine Arts Center.  The Irish Festival will continue at 7 p.m. March 20 at the second annual Irish Pub Quiz at Finnegan’s Wake located at 620 N. Trade Street in downtown Winston-Salem.  Organized by Vona Groarke and Conor O’Callaghan, Wake Forest’s poets-in-residence, the quiz is a popular traditional trivia game about all things Irish.  Prizes will be awarded.

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

CONFERENCE OFFERS DIGITAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL, MORE The computer science departments of Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State universities are hosting a computer science conference March 23-24 that includes a digital animation festival and a special session on entertainment computing.  “ACMSE 2007,” the 45th southeast conference of the Association for Computing Machinery, will be held at the M.C. Benton Jr. Convention and Civic Center in Winston-Salem.  Faculty and students from a number of colleges and universities in the Southeast, including Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State, will present their research on a wide range of computer science topics.  One of the highlights of the event will be the Southeast Digital Animation Festival at 8 p.m. March 23.  One of three special conference sessions will focus on entertainment computing, including computer game applications, 3-D computer graphics with human interaction and robotics.  Other sessions will focus on computer and network security, as well as bioinformatics and computational biology.  Registration is required for the conference.  The animation festival is free and open to the public.  Conference details are available at

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

THOUSANDS OF BOOKS TO GO ON SALE AT WFU The Z. Smith Reynolds Library will hold its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26-28 in the Gerald White Johnson Room of the library.  The sale will feature thousands of books from the classics to various academic subjects.  On March 26, the sale will be open only to Wake Forest faculty, staff and students with ID.  The public is invited to attend March 27-28.  On March 27, all books will be sold at 50 percent off.  On March 28, all books will be marked an additional 50 percent off, and sellers can buy for their businesses.

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

FACULTY, STUDENTS EXPLORE ‘UTOPIA’ IN SECCA PERFORMANCE Lynn Book, visiting associate professor of theatre and faculty fellow in creativity, will present RE:Next, a multimedia production on utopian desire at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) at 8 p.m. March 22-24.  This will be the culminating performance for RE:garding Next, a one-of-a-kind collaborative culture project that has been on exhibit at SECCA since Jan. 19.  The work will feature Book, whose original performances have been called “a beguiling thrill ride” and new music composer Katharina Klement.  Architect and urban designer Johannes Knesl and several Wake Forest faculty members, including violinist Jacqui Carrasco and filmmaker Jack Lucido, collaborated on the project.  Students from a class Book teaches at Wake Forest, “Wild Ideas:  Performance and Utopian Desire,” will participate in the performance and Reynolds High School students will also have a role.  While slipping back and forth between performance art, theater and new music territories, Book’s border-crossing works have earned awards and support from the National Endowment for the Arts and other arts organizations.  Call (336) 725-1904 or visit for ticket information.

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

TEACHING THE BUSINESS OF ART Wake Forest’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts, in conjunction with Reynolda House Museum of American Art and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will host the second annual Supporting Entrepreneurship in the Arts (SEA) Conference from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 31 at Reynolda House.  The day-long event brings together student and emerging artists with successful working artists and skilled professionals to introduce and strengthen the entrepreneurial skills needed to make a living as an artist.  Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will be the keynote speaker.  More than 30 professionals from various fields including the visual, performing and literary arts, arts-related business and arts management, will lead panel and small group discussions to help aspiring writers, musicians, illustrators, dancers and actors discover how to survive as professional artists.

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

RESCHEDULED DEATH PENALTY LECTURE TO BE HELD APRIL 4 Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” will speak at Wake Forest at 7 p.m. April 4 in Wait Chapel.  The event was rescheduled due to travel delays from inclement weather.  Prejean’s lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and booksigning.  The event is part of President Nathan O. Hatch’s new “Voices of Our Time” speaker series and is free and open to the public.  Media interested in covering the event must arrive by 6:45 p.m.  A limited number of audio connections are available.  Cameras may set up on the balcony stairs or on the right front row facing the podium.

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

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