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April 11, 2007

ATWOOD TO DISCUSS AWARD-WINNING BOOK – Craig D. Atwood, the John Comenius Visiting Professor of Moravian Studies and director of public theology in the Wake Forest Divinity School, will discuss his award-wining book “Community of the Cross:  Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem” at 4 p.m. April 11 in Wingate Hall, Room 202.  The book, released in 2004 by Pennsylvania State University Press, reveals the deep connection between life in Bethlehem, Pa., and the religious symbolism of controversial German theologian Nicholas von Zinzendorf, whose provocative adoration of the wounds of Jesus was an essential part of private and communal life.  It shows that it was the Moravians’ liturgy and devotion that united the community and inspired both its unique social structure and mission effort.  The free, public lecture is part of the “New Horizons in Religious Studies” lecture series, which was created by the Divinity School and the religion department to highlight publications by faculty members.

Contact:  Jacob McConnico, mcconnjn@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

U.S. IN THE MIDDLE EAST, CHALLENGES TO STABILITY – Michaelle Browers, assistant professor of political science at Wake Forest, will lead a discussion of “The U.S. in the Middle East” at 7 p.m. April 12.  The free, public lecture will be held in Wake Forest’s Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102.  Although the U.S. will remain closely engaged in Iraq during the next year, other factors have emerged to challenge stability in the region.  Iran’s nuclear program, the outcome of the conflict in Lebanon and Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will all play a key role.  Browers will offer analysis of how these issues will shape the Middle East.  This is the fourth lecture in Winston Salem’s Great Decisions 2007, a six-week citizens forum on current foreign policy issues.  The series is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Center for International Studies.  The Great Decisions Series is a national foreign policy education program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association.  For more information about the series, contact Yomi Durotoye, the series coordinator, at (336) 758-1910 or visit www.wfu.edu/greatdecisions.

Contact:  Jacob McConnico, mcconnjn@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

STEP BACK INTO ANCIENT GREECE AT MUSEUM FAMILY DAY “Myths of Ancient Greece” is the theme of this spring’s Family Day at Wake Forest’s Museum of Anthropology from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 14.  The event offers fun, educational activities for families with young children and features child-friendly versions of four popular Greek myths – Echo and Narcissus, Icarus, Arachne and Perseus and Medusa – that incorporate simple crafts, games and food.  The event is free and open to the public.

Contact:  Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

STUDENTS OFFER COMMUNITY A TASTE OF OPERA – Wake Forest’s Opera Workshop Class will present a free concert, “Mozart & Topsy-Turvy,” at 8 p.m. April 19.  Students will perform scenes from Mozart and Gilbert & Sullivan operas, including “The Magic Flute,” “Don Giovanni,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “All Women Do It,” “Iolanthe” (The Peer and the Peri), “The Mikado” (The Town of Titipu), “Patience” (Bunthorne’s Bride) and “The Gondoliers (The King of Barataria).

Contact:  Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

FESTIVAL FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES Wake Forest will host KidsFest 2007, the second annual spring festival for local children with disabilities, from 2 – 5 p.m. April 15.  More than 450 children from The Children’s Center for the Physically Disabled, The Special Children’s School and other local organizations have been invited to the outdoor event on the university’s Manchester Plaza.  The event will feature age- and ability-appropriate activities for the children and their families.  It is not open to the public.  More than 20 Wake Forest student organizations will sponsor activity booths such as oversized lawn bowling, musical chairs, face painting, fishing, storytelling and an Easter egg obstacle course.  The Demon Deacon, Wally the Warthog, Ronald McDonald, the Chick-Fil-A Cow and the North Carolina School of the Arts "Academy of Clowns” will make appearances at the festival.  Six giant, inflatable activities, including a wheelchair-accessible inflatable with a flat bottom onto which a wheelchair can roll, will be featured this year.  KidsFest was created by the student group HOPE (Helping to Overcome Physical Expectations).  HOPE is a volunteer liaison organization and mentoring program between Wake Forest students and students at The Children’s Center and the Special Children’s School.  Student volunteers provide weekly one-on-one mentoring for children to promote the academic, social and emotional development of each child.  Media must check in at the media table near Reynolda Hall, along the Benson University Center parking circle, to find out which children cannot be photographed.

Contact:  Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

STUDENTS CUSTOM-PAINT DESKS FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN Wake Forest students will paint desks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 19 on Manchester Plaza to give to at-risk students at Old Town Elementary School.  More than 30 elementary school students will each get a colorful, custom-decorated desk.  Called D.E.S.K. or Discovering Education through Student Knowledge, the project was started in 2004 by two Wake Forest students who, while tutoring at local schools, discovered that many students did not have a good place to do homework.  D.E.S.K. is co-chaired by Wake Forest students Kendra Armstrong and James Bacon.  Each elementary school student will be matched up with a team, and the team will decorate the desk based on the child’s interests.  The teams represent more than 30 student organizations ranging from fraternities and sororities to the field hockey team and the marching band.  The event will include music, games and prizes.

Contact:  Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.


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