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January 16, 2008

CAMPAIGNING AFTER MICHIGAN — The results of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire and Michigan 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.  As weeks go by, the prospects of meaningful North Carolina voting (in May) increase.” 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, fannin@wfu.edu or (336)758-4393.

‘IRAN AND IRAQ:  THE NEED FOR NEW PENTAGON PAPERS’ — Daniel Ellsberg will give a free talk titled “Iraq and Iran: The Need for New Pentagon Papers” at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Brendle Recital Hall.  Ellsberg is the former military analyst who leaked the documents known as the Pentagon papers in 1971.  The top-secret papers documented U.S. decision-making in Vietnam from 1945 until 1968.  While analyzing the documents, Ellsberg became disillusioned with the war and attempted to convince sympathetic Senators to release the documents.  When none were willing to do so, Ellsberg leaked the papers to The New York Times, The Washington Post and several other papers.  The result was a landmark court decision supporting freedom of the press and the revelation of government misconduct that led all the way to the Oval Office.  Daniel Ellsberg has limited availability for interviews Jan. 24.

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

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 7 p.m. program Jan. 21.

Contact:  Cheryl Walker at walkercv@wfu.edu 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.  A slam dunk contest will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the championship game starts at 8:15 pm.. 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 walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-6073.

WEDDING EXHIBIT OPENS AT ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM — “Ties that Bind: Wedding Customs from Around the World,” a new exhibit showcasing wedding costumes from different cultures and exploring the role weddings play in different communities, will run Jan. 25 through May 3 at Wake Forest’s Museum of Anthropology.  The exhibit was developed by Lydia Dorsey, a senior anthropology major at Wake Forest, under the instruction of Beverlye Hancock, the museum curator. It includes traditional outfits and other items from the Hmong culture in Thailand, the Maasai culture in Kenya and many other cultures around the world. The exhibit shows how weddings and the connections they create are essential to social stability and continuity.

Contact:  Cheryl Walker at walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-6073.

STUDENT ANTI-POVERTY INITIATIVE AIMS TO RAISE AWARENESS, SPARK ACTION — A group of Wake Forest students committed to eradicating poverty are putting their concerns into action.  The organization, Students Working Against Poverty (SWAP), is sponsoring “kNOw Poverty Week,” a series of events Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 designed to raise public awareness and offer students and community residents concrete ways to help.  Activities during the week include screening of a PBS documentary on the use of “micro-credit;” a 5K run with entry fees donated to Winston-Salem’s Crisis Control Ministry; a massive meal-packing event, held in cooperation with the international relief organization Stop Hunger Now, in which SWAP members and participating groups will package at least 10,000 meals; a panel discussion on poverty in the region; and an auction of student and faculty art at the Winston-Salem Downtown Arts District Association’s (DADA) Community Center, with proceeds benefiting Crisis Control Ministry.  Interested members of the media should contact the News Service for more information and to arrange coverage of events or interviews with participants and organizers.

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

BIOLOGY PROFESSOR’S SPEECH WILL EXAMINE EVOLUTION OF WAKE FOREST — Herman Eure, professor of biology and associate dean of the undergraduate College, will deliver Wake Forest University’s 2008 Founder’s Day Convocation address during a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Wait Chapel.  In a speech titled, “Using Our Past as a Road Map for Charting Our Future: The Evolutionary History of Wake Forest University,” Eure will draw upon his teaching of evolution to trace the historical events, people and core values that have produced the university as it exists today—values and experiences that must factor in planning for the future.  Also during the ceremony, a number of annual teaching, research and service awards will be presented, including the Medallion of Merit, Wake Forest’s highest award for service to the university. This year’s recipient is Winston-Salem attorney Murray C. Greason Jr., a Wake Forest graduate and longtime Board of Trustees member, who during his term as board chair, led the search for President Nathan O. Hatch, who took office in 2005.

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


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