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April 25, 2007

PROFESSOR LINKED TO JAMESTOWN 400TH – On April 26, 1607, three ships arrived off the coast of Virginia and landed at the site that would become the first permanent English settlement in the New World.  Four hundred years later, Anthony S. Parent Jr., professor of history at Wake Forest University, is one of four authors to chronicle the history of Virginia in a new book, “Old Dominion, New Commonwealth:  A History of Virginia, 1607-2007,” scheduled for publication by University of Virginia Press in May.  Virginia’s official celebration of the occasion will begin May 2.  Historians Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, William G. Shade and Parent collaborated to provide a comprehensive, one-volume history of the state, the first of its kind since the 1970s.

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

SPECIALIST DISCUSSES PRESDENTIAL POWER IN TIMES OF WAR Louis Fisher, special assistant to the law librarian in the Library of Congress and a specialist in constitutional law, will present a lecture titled “At War with the Constitution” at Wake Forest at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.  The free, public lecture will focus on issues of presidential power at times of war and the role the U.S. Congress has in challenging executive power.  

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

IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION ON SECURITY, STABILITY – Sarah Lischer, assistant professor of political science at Wake Forest, will lead a discussion of “International Migration in a Globalizing Economy” at 7 p.m. April 26.  The free, public lecture will be held in Wake Forest’s Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102.  The movement of people across international borders can be initiated by conflict, economics or the opportunity to achieve political freedoms.  Migration issues have taken center-stage in the U.S. and the European Union, as citizens increasingly worry about job security and terrorism. Lischer will discuss the advantages and disadvantages for countries affected by migration.  This is the sixth and final 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.

 

STUDENT FILMS FEATURE NARRATIVE SHORTS AND DOCUMENTARIES Eight films created by Wake Forest University students will be screened from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 26 in Annenberg Forum located in Carswell Hall, Room 111.  The screening is free and open to the public.  The films, created by communication and film studies students at Wake Forest, focus on topics ranging from racism to immigration to Adderall use on college campuses.  For a complete list of films, visit the news service website at wfu.edu/news.

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

DANCE CONCERT FEATURES PIECE ABOUT HURRICANE KATRINA – Thirteen senior choreographers from the Wake Forest Dance Company will present pieces at the annual spring dance concert at 7:30 p.m. April 26-28 and at 2 p.m. April 29 in the MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center.  During the program, 44 dance company members will perform to a variety of music selections in ballet, modern, musical theater and jazz works.  One of the highlights of the performance includes a modern dance about Hurricane Katrina that uses movement to communicate unity and service to others.

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

PANELISTS INCLUDING MAYOR JOINES DEBATE CITIZENSHIP ISSUES – Local politicians and media representatives, professors, parents and students will debate issues of citizenship, including the meaning of American citizenship, the role of citizenship in journalism and earning citizenship through military service, at a four-part symposium at Wake Forest April 27.  The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 407 and is free and open to the public.  Organized by Wake Forest students in the communication seminar, “Politics, Problems and Practices of Citizenship,” the symposium will explore the theories and practices of citizenship.  Students will also moderate each panel discussion.  For a complete symposium schedule, visit wfu.edu/~beaslea/symposium.html.

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

NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST DAVID BROOKS TO DELIVER WFU COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS – David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times and a regular analyst on the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” will deliver Wake Forest’s 165th commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at 9 a.m. May 21.  Brooks will address Wake Forest’s approximately 1,500 graduates during an outdoor ceremony on Hearn Plaza (the Quad).  The ceremony is not open to the public.  The Wake Forest News Service will be distributing information regarding media arrangements for commencement soon.  Parking passes and media credentials will be required for all members of the media.  To arrange coverage of the event by your organization, contact Cheryl V. Walker at walkercv@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

GOING TO HOLLYWOOD – Most young people who aspire to careers in film are drawn to the glamour of acting or directing.  But, for Alex Creswick, a graduating Wake Forest senior from Columbia, S.C., it’s the behind-the-scenes and key role of producing that has captivated her.  Creswick is one of 15 students in the country (out of several hundred applicants) who have been accepted into the graduate-level producing program at the prestigious UCLA School of Film in Los Angeles for this coming year.

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

POST-GRADUATION PLANS – A successful entrepreneur, the founder of a local community service organization, several Peace Corp volunteers and a Rhodes Scholar will be among the approximately 1,500 students expected to graduate May 21.  As commencement nears, the News Service can connect media with members of the graduating class who have inspiring or unusual stories.  Several noteworthy graduates will be available for interviews, including early morning live shots on commencement day.

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


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