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January 28, 2009

SPEAKER SERIES EXAMINES CHALLENGES OBAMA FACES In the weeks following the inauguration of Barack Obama, Wake Forest will host a series of speakers examining foreign and domestic policy challenges facing the new president. All events are free and open to the public.

  • “Challenges Facing the New President” begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum, Room 111, with a faculty panel titled “Advice to the New President on Policy Issues.” The discussion will cover a broad range of domestic and foreign policy issues, and will include law professor Mark Hall on health policy and political science professors David Coates on economic issues and Charles Kennedy on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Stephen Hess, Senior Fellow Emeritus in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, will give a talk at 5 p.m. Feb. 2 in Annenberg Forum on “The Obama Transition: Hitting the Ground Running.” Hess is author of “What Do We Do Now? A Workbook for the President-Elect” and “Organizing the Presidency.”
  • The series continues at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in Wait Chapel with the Voices of Our Time event “Fulfilling the Promise: David Gergen on the New American President.” Gergen was an advisor to four presidents and is currently editor-at-large for U.S. News & World Report and a senior political analyst for CNN.
  • The speaker series wraps up at 5 p.m. Feb. 17 in Benson University Center, Room 401, with “Looking to the Future: Will Young People Stay Involved in Politics?” A panel of leaders from the student Democratic, Republican and Libertarian political groups will reflect on the impact of young voters on the 2008 election and their likelihood of continuing engagement with the incoming administration.

Contact: Audrey Fannin, fannin@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

FAMILIES INVITED TO CELEBRATE ‘YEAR OF THE OX’ – Wake Forest’s Asian Student Interest Association (ASIA) will host a celebration of the “Year of the Ox” at the 10th Annual Chinese New Year Festival from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 in Wake Forest’s Reynolds Gym, Room 201.  The festival, which is free to the public, is a popular family event that has drawn more than 2,000 attendees each year.  This year, it will feature a new costumed giant panda that will greet attendees and be available for photographs.  A contest will be held to name the new mascot.  Other festival activities will include martial arts demonstrations; dance performances, including the traditional lion dance; arts and crafts activities; and traditional Chinese toys and games.  In addition, students will present a fashion show featuring Chinese costumes from various dynasties.  Chinese merchandise and authentic Chinese cuisine will be available for purchase.  Special performances will begin at 2 p.m.

Contact: Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

NOOYI, BARTIROMO TO SPEAK AT MBA MARKETING SUMMIT – Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, the third-largest food consumer products company in the world, will join in a dialogue with CNBC news anchor Maria Bartiromo at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel.  The event is free and open to the public.  Fortune magazine named Nooyi the “Most Powerful Woman in American Business" in 2006, 2007 and 2008.  She served as president and chief financial officer of the company prior to succeeding Steve Reinemund, who became dean of business for Wake Forest’s business schools after retiring from the top spot at PepsiCo.  Nooyi’s visit is part of the Babcock Graduate School of Management’s 19th MBA Marketing Summit, which brings teams of students from the world’s top business schools to compete in an intense 36-hour case competition to solve a strategic marketing challenge faced by the summit’s corporate sponsor.  As this year’s sponsor, PepsiCo is offering a record $50,000 cash prize to the winning team.

Contact: Sylvia Green, sylvia.green@mba.wfu.edu or (336) 758-3559.

           

EXPERT ON FILMS SET IN INDIA CAN COMMENT ON 'SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE'--Ananda Mitra, professor and chair of communication at Wake Forest, can comment on the Academy Award-nominated film “Slumdog Millionaire” and how it has visualized India.Mitrais the author of the book “India Through the Western Lens,”which explores how Indians have been represented in more than 60 films during the past several decades. In the book, he also examines how Indian immigrants are viewed in the West today and looks at the role films play in shaping public attitudes.  “In keeping with the tradition of telling tales about India, from the days of ‘Gunga Din’ to the ‘City of Joy,’ Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandon have again successfully mythologized the brown-skinned child as the source of inspiration for people sitting in plush multiplexes of America and lamenting the condition of the downtrodden on the other side of the world,” said Mitra.  “The directors have updated the surface content of the movie to include the changes that have happened in India since the making of the very similar ‘City of Joy,’ but it falls into the same genre of movies that have exemplified Hollywood’s look at India.” Originally from India, Mitra has written extensively about Indian culture and is the author of several articleson Bollywood. “The booming Bollywood film industry has directly influenced the aesthetics of ‘Slumdog’. The famous Bollywood movies of the 1970s almost always included the ‘running children trying to get away from evil by jumping on a train, getting separated, and then living their life trying to find the lost one’ theme. Films like ‘Yadon Ki Barat’ (1973) directed by Nassir Hussain) exemplified this theme that ‘Slumdog’ packages for the 2009 audience.”

Contact:  Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

LEGAL SCHOLAR AVAILABLE TO DISCUSS GITMO CLOSING – President-elect Barack Obama has expressed his desire to close the remote U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but his transition team is having trouble finding countries to take the prisoners once they are released.  Wake Forest Law Professor Bobby Chesney suggests that the new Obama administration should capitalize on its reservoir of international good will.  “There’s some talk that, with a new administration on the way, other states, perhaps some European states, may be willing to take in some detainees,” Chesney recently told National Public Radio’s Jackie Northam.  “But a lot of the smoke signals in that area suggest that the United States has to be willing to do some of the same.” Chesney is available to comment on national security, Guantanamo Bay and other legal issues.

Contact: Lisa Snedeker, snedekll@wfu.edu or (336)758-5719.

NATIVE AMERICAN VIEWS ON LAND RIGHTS, OBAMA - Kauila Clark, a Native American healer and public health specialist in Hawaii, will discuss Native American perspectives on indigenous land rights as well as President Obama’s health and justice initiatives during a visit to Wake Forest University Feb. 3-5.  Clark is the chair-elect of the National Community Health Center Organization in Hawaii and an internationally-recognized community educator and health consultant for public health initiatives.  He has worked with indigenous communities in Alaska, Japan, New Zealand, Guam, Belau, Tahiti and Samoa.  In 2007, he was honored by the Hawaii State Legislature as one of the first traditional Native Hawaiian healers in 200 years to be certified by an Elders Council.  Clark will give a public talk on “Indigenous Land Rights and Culturally Based Land Use” at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in Wingate Hall Room 302.  He will also speak to a religion class and at a round-table discussion with the Native American Student Association on “An Indigenous Perspective on President Obama:  Health and Justice.”  Additional events are scheduled at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Contact: Audrey Fannin, fannin@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

WFU LAW SCHOOL HOSTS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE SYMPOSIUM-- Dr. Anthony Atala, the head of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, is the keynote speaker for the Wake Forest University School of Law Intellectual Property Law Journal’s symposium on regenerative medicine. The Feb. 6 symposium, “Regenerative Medicine - The Crossroads: Examining the Research from Every Angle,” <http://ipjournal.law.wfu.edu/symposium/>  will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. It is free and open to the public. Dr. Atala will speak from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.  The symposium will also feature experts covering a variety of areas relating to regenerative medicine, including the ethical debate, patentability issues and their implications and the commercialization of the research.

Contact: Lisa Snedeker, snedekll@wfu.edu or (336)758-5719.

GRADUATING STUDENTS GET ADVICE FROM ALUMNI IN TOUGH JOB MARKET—Wake Forest students graduating this spring into one of the toughest job markets in decades will have an opportunity to get seasoned advice from alumni during a Career Networking Forum from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6.  “In light of the economic environment, the Alumni office, in conjunction with the career offices on campus, decided this year to combine what had been regional, undergraduate-focused networking events into a single on-campus gathering that will offer our graduating students in all schools access to a broader range of alumni advice, both in terms of the industries represented and the geographic locations represented,” said Kristin Burch, assistant vice president and director of alumni activities.  While the challenges for graduates are obvious, the right strategy can still yield results, as Wake Forest alumnus Glenn Simpson, president of Asia supply and trading for ConocoPhilips, offered in a preview of what he will tell students.   “The key for upcoming grads is flexibility, whether that be measured by entry level position or geography,” Simpson said. “Aggressively identify a job to gain experience and build a track record of accomplishment.  Navigating through a job search and operating in challenging times can quickly hone skills that could otherwise take years to develop.  For those prepared, like Wake Forest grads, this will create long-term career options in which they can make a difference.” 

Contact:  Eric Frazier, frazieef@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

HOW DOES CONTEMPORARY ART FIT IN A TOUGH ECONOMY?— Wake Forest graduate and gallerist Mary Leigh Cherry is grappling with the economic downturn and its affect on emerging artists and the business of art.  She is also witnessing the phenomenon that artists become more creative in tough times.  At noon Feb. 11 in the Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 9 in the art department, Cherry will present a free, public lecture in which she will address these issues and discuss her exhibition “LA Woman: A Gallerist’s Eye,” which is on exhibit in the Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery through March 6.  “Most people don’t know what a gallerist does.  It’s a bigger job than just hanging some work and opening the door,” said Cherry.  “We’re agents, managers, dealers and more.  And, now in the new economic environment, I’m learning how to keep doing that part of my job while promoting my artists.”  Cherry will also speak to Wake Forest students in the Management in Visual Arts course at noon on Feb. 12.  There she will discuss how she became a gallerist and how the students can prepare for the business of art in a tough economy.  Media are welcome to attend either lecture. 

Contact: Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.


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