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November 12, 2008

CONSERVATIONIST TO SHARE DISCOVERY OF A 'LOST WORLD' – Noted conservationist Bruce Beehler, who has been featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” will speak at Wake Forest Nov. 13 about his explorations of a “lost world” in a remote corner of the tropical island of New Guinea.  “Lost Worlds:  Discoveries from the Edge of Civilization” will begin at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  The event, part of Wake Forest’s Voices of Our Time speaker series, is free and open to the public.  In recent expeditions to the mist-shrouded forests of New Guinea’s Foja Mountains, Beehler and his team of scientists found a biodiversity treasure trove.  They discovered dozens of new species of birds, insects and plants.  His most recent book, “Lost Worlds,” chronicles his adventures in New Guinea and other tropical jungles around the world.  “Even in this Internet age of satellite images and instant communication, our planet still holds magnificent secrets,” said Beehler.  “This area of New Guinea may represent the most pristine natural ecosystem in the entire Asia-Pacific region.  This discovery gives people hope that there are these untouched places.”  His presentation will include sound recordings, color images and video highlighting some of his most remarkable discoveries, including a bird-of-paradise that had been lost to science for more than a century.   Media covering the event should set up cameras on the stairway landings on the right side of Wait Chapel.  To arrange an interview with Beehler before his talk, contact the News Service.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, or (336) 758-5237.


NATIVE AMERICANS TELL HOW THEY BROKE CULTURAL BARRIERS – At Wake Forest’s celebration of National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, five nationally-renowned American Indian leaders will discuss how they have broken through cultural barriers to achieve their success.  The speakers will be featured at the symposium, “Native American Voices,” which will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in Greene Hall, Room 145.  It is free and open to the public.  Speakers will include Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, the first Navajo female surgeon in the U.S., and Michell Hicks, the principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  The event was initiated by Wake Forest junior Lucretia Hicks, a Cherokee and founder and president of Wake Forest’s new Native American Student Association (NASA).  She founded NASA to help recruit American Indian students to Wake Forest, encourage and support them on campus, and educate others about American Indian culture and issues.  “It was such a culture shock for me when I came to Wake Forest because I had always been part of really small communities where I had other Native people around me,” said Hicks.  “Other people here are shocked when they find out that I am Native American.  They forget that Native Americans still exist.  Then, they often ask me questions that reveal how they generalize and stereotype Native Americans.  Not everybody has totem poles or lives in teepees.  We all have our own cultures.”  Wake Forest has 16 American Indian students enrolled this year.  

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


HELPING THOSE IN NEED DURING ECONOMIC CRISES Community organizations that provide assistance to those in need are finding their own resources overburdened in the current economic crisis. In response, students at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity will hold a forum to bring together churches and non-profit organizations to share ideas for responding to community needs during the economic crisis. Leonard says the idea for the forum grew out of the “God and the New York Times” class he teaches. “Reading the New York Times together, we realized the depth and complexity of the economic situation and the class decided to respond tangibly,” says Leonard. “It is an effort to bring together people on the ‘front lines’ of the crisis in our community.” The “Harvesting Hope” forum will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 in Wait Chapel. The forum is free and open to the public.

Contact: Audrey Fannin, or (336) 758-5237.

EVENTS MARK GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK – Wake Forest University students will join millions of young entrepreneurs around the world in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17-23.  During the initiative, participating organizations will conduct a range of activities, from simple speeches to comprehensive competitions, designed to inspire, connect, inform, mentor and engage the next generation of entrepreneurs.  Wake Forest’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts is sponsoring the following events at Wake Forest, which are free and open to the public:

  • The student-led E-Society will host a Student Entrepreneurship Fair from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 17, on Manchester Plaza.  The event offers student entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their business ventures to the administration and student body and to display the diverse possibilities opened through entrepreneurship education.  In the event of rain, the fair will be held in Benson University Center, Room 409.
  • In the spirit of interdisciplinary and socially engaged creative practice, “Creative ad-Ventures” will showcase faculty/student ventures and research projects that give students dynamic opportunities for direct experience in the growing world of arts, social and science entrepreneurship models.  Presentations will be made from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 18, in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium.
  • Amanda Elam, visiting scholar at the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., will present a lecture, “Business Start-Ups by Women:  Cross-National Patterns and Institutional Influences,” at 4 p.m., Nov. 20, in Benson University Center, Room 409.  Elam holds a doctorate degree insociology from the University of North Carolina atChapel Hill andbrings rigorous training in social theory, research methods and advanced statistical modelingto the study of entrepreneurship.  This event is sponsored by the university’s BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, the Department of Sociology and the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Contact: Eric Frazier, or (336) 758-5237.


STUDENTS LOOK TO LINCOLN’S RHETORIC IN DIVISIVE TIMES – When President-elect Barack Obama quoted Abraham Lincoln in his acceptance speech, Wake Forest communication students in the “Great Teachers” course noted parallels between the polarized audiences Lincoln faced then and those Obama faces today.  To better understand effective rhetoric within the constraints of a polarized nation, the students will host a lecture titled “Lincoln: A House Divided” with David Zarefsky, renowned professor of communication studies at Northwestern University.  The event will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum (Room 111).  It is free and open to the public.  Zarefsky will address how Lincoln, a masterful politician, sought in his speeches to respond to and transcend the deep divisions he faced.  “Studying Lincoln’s ‘A House Divided’ speech will not only deepen our appreciation of him, but also yield insight that may help us better deal with our current predicament,” said Zarefsky.

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


LAW SCHOOL OPENS COMMUNITY LAW AND BUSINESS CLINIC – Wake Forest University School of Law will celebrate the grand opening of the Community Law & Business Clinic at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13, at its location at 8 W. Third St., Suite 100A, in downtown Winston-Salem.  The CL&BC will provide pro bono legal and business consultancy services to small business owners and nonprofit organizations. “We hope that through the CL&BC Wake Forest University can enhance community development efforts in Winston-Salem, as well as throughout the region,” said Steven Virgil, professor of law and director of the CL&BC.  Scheduled speakers at the opening ceremony include Wake Forest Provost Jill Tiefenthaler, Law School Dean Blake Morant and Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines.

Contact: Lisa Snedeker, or (336) 758.5719.


LECTURE FOCUSES ON CHINESE TEA IN THE WORLD MARKET – Wake Forest’s history department will host a lecture by Peter Perdue, professor of history at Yale University, titled “From the Hills to the Salon: Chinese Tea in the World Market” at 6 p.m. Nov. 17. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium.  Perdue researches modern Chinese and Japanese social and economic history, history of frontiers and world history. He is the author of “Exhausting the Earth: State and Peasant in Hunan 1500-1850 A.D.” and “China Marches West: Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia.” He has also written on grain markets in China, agricultural development and environmental history.  The lecture is part of the Borderlands in World History lecture series.

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


HUMANS SHARE TRAITS WITH VOLES, VAMPIRE BATS – Michael DePaul, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, will examine character traits, virtues and vices shared by humans, voles and vampire bats at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Tribble Hall’s Philosophy Library, Room B316. The event is free and open to the public.  “I’ll examine some recent work from biology on voles and human beings that suggests there is a genetic component for monogamy in males,” DePaul says. “I’ll then turn to work on altruism, specifically the theory of reciprocal altruism, which is nicely illustrated by some behavior of vampire bats. Reciprocal altruism plays a fundamental role in evolutionary psychology. For the theory to work,” he adds, “it must be possible for individuals to identify ‘cheaters,’ which is a good old-fashioned vice. So it seems that there is not a unified scientific view on the existence of character traits.”

Contact: Audrey Fannin, or (336) 758-5237.

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