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January 23, 2008

‘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. 

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

STUDENT GROUP PLANS TO PACK 10,000 RELIEF MEALS — Students Working Against Poverty (SWAP), a student-run anti-poverty group, and more than 100 volunteers from 19 campus organizations will pack 10,000 emergency relief meals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 30 on Manchester Plaza, during “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 fight poverty.  The meal-packing initiative is being coordinated with the international relief agency Stop Hunger Now, which will distribute the meals from its Raleigh warehouse through Operation Sharehouse.  Other activities during the week include a panel discussion on poverty in the region; “deFeet Poverty,” a 5K cross-country run with entry fees donated to Winston-Salem’s Crisis Control Ministry; screening of a PBS documentary on the use of “micro-credit;” 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, or (336)758-5238.


Regarding Monday’s debate in South Carolina, Associate Professor of Communication Allan Louden said, “The exchange of issues and vision was much more finely drawn than in past encounters.  Hillary was scrappy, Edwards was strong with the narrative and Obama came across as just plain smart.”  Louden, who directed the debate program at Wake Forest for 25 years, can provide expert commentary on the debate and the impact it might have on the South Carolina primary on Saturday.  “When people mix it up, they can actually talk about the issues,” he said.  He suggests negative campaigning can be good for voters and has taught a class on the practice.  Louden can also provide expert analysis and commentary on the upcoming Democratic and Republican debates on Jan. 30 and 31, the last two debates before the Feb. 5 primaries.  He posts debate analysis on, a forum for expert and citizen commentary on political debates with the emphasis on candidate debates.  The site was created by Ross Smith, director of debate at Wake Forest.

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

A NEW BAPTIST IDENTITY – Bill Leonard, Dean of the Divinity School at Wake Forest, will attend the New Baptist Covenant in Atlanta Jan. 30 – Feb. 2.  While there he will teach a course on “Covenant and Community: A New Baptist Identity for the 21st Century.”  The course is being carried by 15 other divinity schools and seminaries and will be taught using subjects brought up during the conference.  Baptists across the nation have been struggling with issues such as the role of women, ministering to gay and lesbian parishioners and maintaining traditional holdings such as colleges and hospitals.  Under the theme of “Unity in Christ,” participants will address topics such as peace and justice, poverty and diversity.  Speakers include former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Dr. Tony Campolo, founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education and Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund.  Billed as an issues-centered, non-partisan event, the conference is expected to draw as many as 20,000 Baptists from across the country.  Dean Leonard is available to talk about the gathering, the themes to be discussed, and President Jimmy Carter’s role as a Baptist leader.

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

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 or (336) 758-6073.

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 Founders' 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, who received his doctorate in biology from Wake Forest in 1974 and immeditately joined the faculty, 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 led the search for President Nathan O. Hatch.

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

MORALS OR GUT REACTIONS? – Jesse Prinz, John J. Rogers Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, will give a free lecture “Are Morals Just Socially Constructed Feelings?” at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Tribble Hall room B316.  Recent evidence from psychology and neuroscience suggests that moral values have an emotional basis, and evidence from anthropology and cultural history suggests that moral values vary from culture to culture as a result of emotional condition.  Prinz asks, “Could it be that our deepest moral convictions are just culturally inculcated gut reactions?” Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or (336) 758-4393.

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