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Media arrangements announced for immigration conference at WFU featuring Marshall, Martinez

October 1, 2007

Media are invited to attend “Immigration: Recasting the Debate,” a conference hosted by Wake Forest University Oct. 3-5, featuring keynote addresses from both Democratic and Republican perspectives.  The conference will open with an address by Ray Marshall, former U.S. secretary of labor in the Carter administration, and will close with an address by U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida.  Forums will also be held featuring immigration policy experts and scholars. 

A limited number of advance interviews with organizers and panelists can still be arranged.  Contact the News Service at (336) 758-5237 to make arrangements.

On Oct. 3, Marshall will give the opening keynote address at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines will introduce Marshall.  Media seating will be available in the front row on the right side of the chapel.  No flash photography will be permitted.  Cameras may set up on the landings of the stairs to the balcony.  A limited number of direct feeds will be available.   

Marshall, Joines, Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch and conference co-chairs David Coates and Peter Siavelis will be available for media questions from 8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. following the speech at the right side of the chapel in front of the media seating area.

On Oct. 4 and 5, six conference panel sessions will be held in Brendle Recital Hall.  For the complete schedule, including biographies of the panelists, visit 

A limited amount of reserved media seating will be available in Brendle Recital Hall.  No flash photography is permitted.  Audio and video recording is permitted.  For Sessions 1, 2, 5 and 6, cameras may set up at the back of Brendle Recital Hall.  A limited number of direct feeds will be available.  Media should check in at the media table in the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall upon arrival and must arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to any session to hook up to feeds.   

Sessions 3 and 4 will be recorded by UNC-TV for broadcast.  Media may hook up to feeds at the UNC-TV satellite truck behind Scales Fine Arts Center.

Each of the six panel discussions will include a 15-minute public question-and-answer session.  Members of the media are invited to ask questions during this time. 

From 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Oct. 4 following Session 4, most of the panelists, Hatch and the conference co-chairs will be available for media questions in the Beethoven Gallery in the Brendle Recital Hall lobby.     

On Oct. 5, the workshops beginning at 2 p.m. are closed to the media. 

At 4 p.m. Oct. 5, Martinez will deliver the closing keynote address in Brendle Recital Hall.  U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will introduce Martinez.  Media seating and set up will be the same as listed above for Marshall.  Martinez’ lecture will include a public question-and-answer session. 

From 5:30 p.m.- 6 p.m., Martinez, Hatch, several panelists from the morning sessions, and the conference co-chairs will be available to answer media questions in the Beethoven Gallery in Brendle Recital Hall .  News Service staff will be available in the front of the chapel to direct media to the location.      

Media may park on Davis Field adjacent to Scales Fine Arts Center.

Members of the media planning to attend any part of the conference should contact the News Service at (336) 758-5237. 

For complete event information visit 

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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