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Wake Forest summit to encourage community involvement

March 23, 2007

To encourage community involvement and personal development, Wake Forest University’s Multicultural Male Caucus will present the summit experience “Create Space:  Opening Doors and Facilitating Change” March 31. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium with a welcome and a presentation called “Barack Obama:  The Thrivals Phenomenon Personified” by Nat Irvin II, assistant dean of the Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management and founder/president of FutureFocus 2020.

Although sponsored by the Multicultural Male Caucus, the event is open to both women and men regardless of race.  The day-long experience 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.

“In a world where the absence of authentic community inspires isolation, discord and violence, institutions of higher learning have a responsibility to create space for helpful engagement around ‘the why’ of these (and other) social issues,” said Marcus Ingram, assistant chaplain for the university and one of the summit’s organizers.  “This year’s summit experience is one such space where students, faculty and staff may begin and/or continue conversations that acknowledge the significance of self-awareness and its impact on community, for good or ill.”

The speakers will explore the “Create Space” theme from academic, social, economic and spiritual perspectives. 

Panel discussions on “Economic Integrity:  Where Your Treasure Is, There, Too, Is Your Heart” and “Discovering your Cultural Identity” will begin at 3 p.m. and will be repeated at 4 p.m.

The event will conclude with a keynote address by Jonathan Walton, assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside.  Walton is considered an important voice in the emerging “hip-hop intellectual” movement.  His research addresses the intersections between religion, politics and popular culture in America.  The talk starts at 7 p.m. in Scales Fine Arts Center’s Brendle Recital Hall. 

Students and faculty from colleges throughout the Southeast have been invited to attend.   Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Benson Center rotunda.  Participants may choose to register for the entire summit or may choose to attend individual sessions.

For more information, call (336) 758-7377.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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