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April 23, 2008

STUDENTS PAINT AND DONATE DESKS - The fifth-annual Discovering Education through Student Knowledge, or D.E.S.K., will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 24 on Manchester Plaza at Wake Forest University.  It was rescheduled from earlier in the week due to bad weather.  More than 40 campus organizations and hundreds of volunteers will paint desks for 60 at-risk children from Old Town Elementary and Speas Elementary.  The volunteers work with the children to design and decorate the desks according to each child’s interests.  The desks, along with chairs and school supplies, will then be delivered to the children’s homes so they have a dedicated place to do their homework.  Wake Forest seniors Erin Tanner and Brent Sarver are co-chairs of this year’s D.E.S.K. event.  Volunteer teams ranging from fraternities and sororities to sports teams and graduate student associations will participate in this colorful and lively event.

Contact:   Audrey Fannin, or 336.758.4393

REFLECTIONS ON TWO CAREERS IN BIBLICAL SCHOLARSHIP – Phyllis Trible and Walter Harrelson, both University Professors in the Divinity School, will reflect on their careers as well as the field of biblical scholarship from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 28 in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest.  Trible is an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic, and is considered a leader in the text-based exploration of women and gender in scripture.  Harrelson is an expert on the Hebrew Bible and former dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.  Their talk, “Then, Now and Not Yet,” will touch on the shifting points of view in the field brought on, says Trible, “by the introduction of new and unexpected issues such as sexist language and translation, and the role of archeology in establishing – or disestablishing – the literature of the Bible.”  Some of the new shifts in the field, according to Trible, include “post-colonial readings of the Bible, for one; how marginalized people read the Bible compared to how so-called mainline people read the Bible.”  Interwoven throughout the discussion will be stories of Trible’s and Harrelson’s own experiences. 

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

GREAT DECISIONS 2008 TO LOOK AT RUSSIA AND ‘PUTINISM’ – Helga Welsh, associate professor of political science, will discuss the varying opinions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration and Russia’s domestic and foreign policy at 7 p.m. April 24 in Room A-102 at the Scales Fine Arts Center.  During his two terms as president, Vladimir Putin has attempted to remake Russia into a major, independent world power, at times provoking concern in the United States and Europe.  “Russia has become increasingly assertive on the global stage again,” says Welsh, “and therefore it’s important to understand the political developments in the country, particularly since Putin will no longer be president after May 7, but will be prime minister.”  Welsh says that U.S. – Russian relations are strained, and that it will be crucial for the new presidents of both countries to develop a better understanding of each other.  The Great Decisions Series is a national foreign policy education program sponsored by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association.

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

FACT AND FICTION IN THE TORTURE DEBATE - David Luban, University Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, will give a free talk titled “Unthinking the Ticking Bomb:  Fact and Fantasy in the Torture Debate,” at 4:30 p.m. April 25 at Wake Forest University’s Winston Hall in room 126.  Luban is a prominent figure in the debate over the use of torture in the war on terrorism, and is known for his work on legal ethics.  Last year, he reviewed former Justice Department official John Yoo’s book, “War by Other Means,” for the New York Review of Books.  Yoo is known for his controversial memos on the legality of torture and the removal of Geneva Convention protections for enemy combatants during the drafting of the Patriot Act.  Luban is also an expert on international criminal law.  He has written extensively on the topics of crimes against humanity and preventive war.

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

WAKE FOREST DEBATERS TACKLE WATER ISSUES AT EPA – Seth Gannon, one of the two Wake Forest University debaters who recently won a national championship, was invited to debate water issues at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday  (April 22) as part of the celebration of Earth Day in Washington, D.C.  Wake Forest debater Seungwon Chung also participated.   The pair took on a debate team from Michigan State University to debate water scarcity and security issues.  To prepare, the debaters did library and Internet research, but they also talked with water quality experts at the EPA.

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

E.J. DIONNE TO SPEAK AT WAKE FOREST COMMENCEMENT— E.J. Dionne Jr., a columnist for the Washington Post, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, will deliver Wake Forest’s commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree May 19.  Approximately 1,488 undergraduate and graduate students will receive diplomas during the outdoor ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. on Wake Forest’s Hearn Plaza (the Quad).  The Right Rev. Vashti M. McKenzie, presiding prelate of the 13th Episcopal District and president of the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the baccalaureate address at 11 a.m. May 18 in Wait Chapel.  McKenzie will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree during commencement.  The commencement and baccalaureate ceremonies are not open to the general public. Tickets are reserved for graduates and their guests.  Parking passes and tickets are required to enter campus and attend the events.  Members of the media should request parking passes and tickets from the News Service.

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

WAKE FOREST DANCE COMPANY 'GOING GREEN' FOR SPRING CONCERT – In celebration of National Dance Week, the Wake Forest Dance Company will present a concert emphasizing environmentally-friendly dances at the annual Spring Dance Concert April 24-27.  The concert, titled “Going Green,” will be held in MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. April 24-26 and at 2 p.m. April 27.  “This year we are seeking to not only heighten public awareness about the value of dance, but also stress the importance of incorporating environmentally-friendly practices in all we do,” said choreographer Brooke Vogel, a Wake Forest senior.  In keeping with the “green” theme, the dance company used recycled paper for its programs and posters and recreated all costumes and props from existing wardrobe stock and other reusable materials.  In addition, several of the dance pieces include environmentally-conscious compositional and philosophical concepts.  Forty-eight student dancers will perform a variety of dances from genres such as jazz, hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, modern and flamenco. 

Contact:  Pam Barrett, or (336)758-5237.

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