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October 24, 2007

‘FACE THE NATION’S’ BOB SCHIEFFER TO DISCUSS CAREER –Bob Schieffer, broadcast journalism’s longest-serving Washington reporter and moderator of CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” will speak at Wake Forest at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Wait Chapel.  The event is part of the university’s 2007-2008 Voices of Our Time speaker series and is free and open to the public.  Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Schieffer will speak about his experiences and the changes in the field of journalism in a lecture titled “50 Years in the News.” A public question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.  Media seating will be in the front row on the right side of the chapel.  Recording will be permitted.  A limited number of direct feeds will be available.  Flash photography will not be permitted. 

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

CREATING A WORLD DIGITAL LIBRARY—James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress who has led the effort to create the World Digital Library, will speak on “The Future of Freedom” at Wake Forest’s Fall Convocation at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 in Wait Chapel.  The Library of Congress has teamed up with UNESCO and libraries from the around the world on the project.  “The vision is simply that this is a means for promoting far better intercultural understanding in the world,” Billington said in a recent New York Times article.   According to the World Digital Library Web site, the project will “make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials.”  Billington led the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library, as it launched other major Internet-related initiatives, including the library’s “American Memory” National Digital Library (NDL), which makes freely available on-line nearly 11 million American historical items from the collections of the library and other research institutions.   The World Digital Library is modeled on the “American Memory project.  Billington’s lecture is free and open to the public.  To arrange an interview in advance, contact the News Service.

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

PROJECT PUMPKIN:  A DAY IN DEACON LAND – Almost 2,000 children from 50 community agencies have been invited to participate in Wake Forest University’s 19th

Annual Project Pumpkin Oct. 25 from 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Hearn Plaza (the Quad) between Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall.  It is designed to provide safe Halloween fun for children from invited agencies, and is not open to the general public.  Hearn Plaza will be decorated like a fanciful “candy land,” reminiscent of the classic children’s board game, and will include a child-sized gingerbread house.  Students will begin decorating Hearn Plaza at 6 a.m.  Morning show segments and interviews with Project Pumpkin organizers, performers and participating agency representatives can be arranged.  Media representatives must check in at the media table in front of Wait Chapel to receive a press kit and find out which children cannot be photographed. 

Contact: Audrey Fannin, fannin@wfu.edu or 336-758-4393

MIDDLE EASTERN EXPERT TO DISCUSS FIGHTING BETWEEN SHIA FACTIONS IN IRAQ – Vali Nasr, an Iranian-American expert in contemporary Middle Eastern affairs and Islamic politics, will discuss the subject of his latest book “The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future” at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in Wait Chapel.  Nasr is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think-tank on foreign policy.  In 2006, Nasr was called to advise the U.S. president and vice-president, secretaries of state and defense, the National Security Council and deputy secretary of state.  He has also testified before Congress.  Nasr says the fighting between Shia factions in Iraq is purely political. “There is no deep ideological divide here,” Nasr said.  “There are no disputes over a form of government or Shia theology.”  What they are fighting for, he says, is “the control of various Shia cities, the trade routes, control of government services and resources.” Nasr is available for interviews during the afternoon.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, fanning@wfu.edu, (336) 758-5237

GALLERY OFFERS TRICKS, TREATS FOR THE EYES AT EXHIBIT – On Oct. 25, Wake Forest’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery will open “Optical Allusions,” an exhibit featuring artwork with optical illusions and allusions—using objects like 4,000 hand-painted bottle cap eyeballs, live sea monkeys and a 13-foot suspended sculpture of glass and beads.  The exhibit highlights the work of artists Caroline Cox, Richard Klein, Eung Ho Park and Ted Victoria.  In conjunction with the exhibit, a gallery talk with Cox and Victoria will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in the gallery followed by an opening reception from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  The exhibit will run through Dec. 9.  “Honk,” an exhibit of the photography of Aaron Fallon, will also be featured in the Mezzanine Gallery.     

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

SYMPOSIUM TO HIGHLIGHT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH – Nearly 100 students from departments across the Wake Forest campus will participate in an undergraduate research symposium from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 in Rooms 401, 407 and 409 at the Benson University Center. The event, timed to coincide with Family Weekend, is free and open to the public.  Posters and oral presentations will highlight such diverse topics as a study of brain neurons in honeybees, a comparison of urban greenways in London and Paris, an analysis of presidential rhetoric and approval ratings, an examination of how different people remember the “Greensboro massacre,” and an archeological study of a pre-Columbian village on the southern coast of Puerto.

Contact: Eric Frazier, frazieef@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5238


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