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January 9, 2008

CAMPAIGNING AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE - The results of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries indicate that there are no true frontrunners in either party, according to John Dinan, associate professor of political science.  “With two Democrats and as many as five Republicans still having a viable shot at the nomination, there is a good chance that the 2008 nominating process could be settled even later than usual, giving voters in more states an opportunity to participate in a meaningful fashion this year.”  Dinan teaches American politics, political parties and elections, and is frequently called upon to analyze campaign activities for print, television and radio.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or (336)758-4393.

‘PENTAGON PAPERS’ ACTORS, INCLUDING JOHN HEARD, AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS - “Top Secret:  The Battle for the Pentagon Papers” is a dramatic portrayal of the Washington Post’s decision to publish the classified documents, leaked by former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg.  The play is sponsored by the Secrest Artists Series and will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 in Wait Chapel.  It is the kickoff performance on this L.A. TheatreWorks 2008 national tour.  Greensboro native Shannon Cochran studied theatre at Wake Forest in the ‘70s and returns to campus in her role as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham.  Members of the cast (including John Heard, Gregory Harrison and John Vickery), playwright Geoffrey Cowan and director Susan Albert Loewenberg are available for interviews in advance or while in Winston-Salem.  Media may attend the performances as well as the rehearsal at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17, but photographers must use silent flash only.  Press tickets will be available for pickup at the box office.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or (336)758-4393.

PROFESSORS DISCUSS LEGACY OF PENTAGON PAPERS – A Pre-Performance Talk will be held at 6:40 p.m. each night before the “Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers” play in the Balcony Room of Wait Chapel.  Kathy Smith, professor of political science, will speak on Jan. 17 and Katy Harriger, professor and chair of the political science department, will speak on Jan. 18

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or (336)758-4393.

THEATRE MASTER CLASS OPEN TO MEDIA – An “Inside Acting” style panel of cast members from “Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers” will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Ring Theatre at the Scales Fine Arts Center.  Lynn Book, visiting associate professor of theatre, will host the panel during her “Creativity and Innovation” class.  The class is not open to the public, but members of the media may attend.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or (336)758-4393.

ACCOUNTING PROGRAM DIVERSITY INITIATIVE BEGINS –Wake Forest’s Calloway School of Business and Accountancy will host invited students from several historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for a three-day, on-site introduction to its Master of Science in Accountancy program Jan. 10-12.  The Calloway Accounting Diversity Consortium offers students information about the curriculum, admissions process and career opportunities as well as dialogue with faculty members, current students and alumni.  Under-representation of minorities, particularly blacks, in graduate accounting programs and in professional practice is a national issue.  Wake Forest has committed to a strategy of forging strong relationships with HBCUs and other appropriate schools to recruit highly talented, ethnically diverse students.  While the event is not open to the public, interested members of the media may arrange to attend selected sessions and interview participants by contacting the Wake Forest News Service in advance at (336) 758-5237.

Contact:  Eric Frazier, or (336)758-5238.

LEVAR BURTON TO SPEAK AT KING DAY EVENT – LeVar Burton, known for his role as Kunta Kinte in the award-winning television miniseries “Roots” and more recently as host of the PBS show “Reading Rainbow,” will speak at Wake Forest University Jan. 21 as part of a weeklong celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. sponsored by Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University.  The program, featuring Burton’s address titled “On Common Ground:  Striving for Unity, Standing for Purpose,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel and is free and open to the public.  In addition to Burton’s speech, the program will include a video presentation from Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest, and performances by the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State gospel choirs.  Burton is also well-known for his role as Geordi La Forge in “Star Trek:  The Next Generation.”  He hosted the television special “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:  The Making of a Holiday” and played the role of King in the movie “Ali.”  This is the eighth year Wake Forest has collaborated with Winston-Salem State to present a series of events surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The two schools have a joint planning committee and they alternate hosting the shared celebration.  No video or audio recording will be permitted during the Jan. 21 program.

Contact:  Cheryl Walker at or (336) 758-6073.

MORE KING DAY EVENTS PLANNED – Several events marking the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be held on the Wake Forest campus and are open to the public.  On Jan. 19, the 10th annual MLK Invitational Basketball Tournament, sponsored by Wake Forest Campus Recreation and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will begin at 1 p.m. in Reynolds Gymnasium.  Men’s and women’s teams from several North Carolina universities will compete.  The third annual Martin Luther King Jr. GospelFest will be held in Brendle Recital Hall at 4 p.m. Jan. 20.   The concert will feature internationally known contemporary Christian vocalist Martha Munizzi.  At 4 p.m. Jan. 22, “I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper:  Leadership and Civil Rights in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,” a documentary about the 1960 sit-in of Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State students at the downtown Woolworth’s, will be shown in Z. Smith Reynolds Library on the Wake Forest campus.  The director, Wake Forest Associate Professor of Communication Mary Dalton, will lead a discussion following the film screening.

Contact:  Cheryl Walker at or (336) 758-6073.

CLASSES RESUMING – Spring semester classes are resuming on campus.  MBA and law students have returned to class, already.  On Jan. 16, classes open for undergraduate, graduate and divinity students.  Undergraduates are gradually returning to residence halls, meanwhile.  While some are on campus now, many will not arrive until this weekend, Jan. 12 and 13.

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