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WFU art historian to highlight role of culture and arts at Opening Convocation

August 29, 2008

David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, will deliver Wake Forest’s Opening Convocation address Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. in the university’s Wait Chapel.  Lubin will explore how the arts spark our curiosity and engage our imagination in a talk titled “Disturbing the Peace:  Wake Forest and the Arts.”  The event is free and open to the public.

Lubin teaches the history of art, cinema and popular culture.  His books include “Act of Portrayal,” “Picturing a Nation” and “Titanic,” an in-depth critical analysis of the blockbuster movie.  He has lectured across the United States and throughout the world.  His latest book, “Shooting Kennedy,” examines the photographic portrayal of John and Jackie Kennedy in the decade before President Kennedy’s assassination.  In 2004, Lubin was awarded the Smithsonian Institution's Charles Eldredge Prize for outstanding scholarship in American art.

During the convocation, Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch will honor two alumni with the Marcellus E. Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award.  A $20,000 award is given annually to one primary school teacher and one secondary school teacher in recognition of exemplary classroom teaching in public or private schools.  The award is one of the largest monetary awards of any teacher-recognition honor in the country.

The university will also present the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service.

In addition, the Wake Forest Debate Team, winners of the 2008 National Debate Tournament, will be recognized, as will student members of the Judicial Council, the Honor and Ethics Council and the Board of Investigators and Advisors.


Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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