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March 20, 2007

FORMER EPISCOPAL BISHOP JOHN S. SPONG TO SPEAK MARCH 21 – The Rt. Rev. John S. Spong, who served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years until his retirement in 2000, will discuss “The Meaning of Religious Anger” at 2 p.m. March 21 in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel.  The event is free and open to the public.  The most-published member of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States, Spong’s books include “The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love,” “A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith is Dying & How a New Faith is Being Born” and “Here I Stand: My Struggle for a Christianity of Integrity, Love, and Equality.”  Spong has also published more than 100 articles.  Admired by supporters as a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary lay person, Spong is considered by many to be a champion of an inclusive faith. His books, which have challenged the way Christians view the Bible, and his fight for equal rights within the Christian church for women and homosexuals have made him the target of criticism.  Spong’s appearance is sponsored by the Divinity School at Wake Forest and Winston-Salem’s Centenary United Methodist Church.  For more information about the lecture, call (336) 758-5121.

Contact:  Jacob McConnico, 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.


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.



March 24 from noon until midnight, more than 500 Wake Forest students will raise money for cancer research at the second annual Wake 'N Shake Dance Marathon in Reynolds Gymnasium.  The students hope to raise $60,000 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund, which supports the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  Last year, 300 dancers raised $48,000.  The event will feature a variety of activities, including games, competitions, broadcasts of the NCAA basketball tournament and guest speakers, including Coach Jim Grobe and members of the Wake Forest football team.  For information, visit   Interviews and media coverage during the event can be arranged.

Contact: Pam Barrett, 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.

CRAINSHAW TO DISCUSS NEW BOOK ‘KEEP THE CALL’ – Jill Y. Crainshaw, associate dean for vocational formation and assistant professor of ministry studies in the Wake Forest Divinity School, will discuss her new book, “Keep the Call:  Leading the Congregation without Losing Your Soul,” at 4 p.m. March 28 in Wingate Hall, Room 202.  The book, released in 2007 by Abingdon Press, offers pastors suggestions for developing more integrated, holisitic and healthy ways of serving God and leading His people.  Crainshaw says many congregational leaders struggle to balance the biblical models of preaching and pastoral care with the secular models of administration and leadership.  It can leave many pastors feeling confused, ineffective and burned out, she said.  The free, public talk is part of the “New Horizons in Religious Studies” lecture series, which was created by the Divinity School and the religion department to highlight recent publications by faculty members.

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

RECONCILING THE EXISTING CHURCH, THE EMERGING CHURCH – Tim Conder, a founder of the Emergent Village, author of “The Church in Transition:  The Journey of Existing Churches into the Emerging Culture” and founder of a church in Chapel Hill called Emmaus Way, will lead a discussion at 7 p.m. March 29 in Wingate Hall, Room 202.  His lecture, “Between Two Churches:  The Existing Church and Emerging Church in Collision, Collaboration & Generative Friendship,” will focus on the nature of the relationship between the emerging church and the existing church.  The event is free and open to the public.  Conder will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase at the event.  For more information about the lecture, call (336) 758-5121.

Contact:  Jacob McConnico, 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.

WORKSHOP TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT – A workshop forundergraduate students, faculty and administrators sponsored by Wake Forest’s Multicultural Male Caucus will explore the theme, “Create Space: Opening Doors and Facilitating Change,” from academic, social, economic and spiritual perspectives.   The workshop was designed by the Office of the Chaplain and the Office of Multicultural Affairs to address important issues that affect personal development and community involvement.  Jonathan Walton, assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California-Riverside, will deliver the keynote address.  The workshop, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. Walton’s talk starts at 7 p.m. in Scales Fine Arts Center’s Brendle Recital Hall.  Although sponsored by the Multicultural Male Caucus, the event is open to both men and women.  For more information, call (336) 758-7377.

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

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