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March 18, 2009

SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS ROLE OF CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION ACROSS DISCIPLINES  – Among the more than 50 individual presentations and panel discussions at Wake Forest’s “Creativity: Worlds in the Making” March 18-20 are sessions of interest to reporters covering bioethics, business, the economy, education, health care, the performing and visual arts, and religion.  For a list of selected sessions that offer good story angles, visit:

Additional story opportunities that contain strong visual elements include:

  • At4:30 p.m. March 18 in Brendle Recital Hall, multimedia artist Meredith Monk will attend a dance composition class taught by Christina Soriano, assistant professor of theatre and dance, to watch a piece that students have collaboratively created that is set to some of Monk’s music.

  • Terry Riley’s “In C,” performance and discussion with students, 11 a.m. - noon March 19 in Hanes Art Gallery at Scales Fine Arts Center.  In Terry Riley’s landmark minimalist composition “In C,” players decide when, how and how long to play a series of 53 musical fragments, creating unique textures and colors in each rendering of the piece.  The performance will feature advanced string players from the department of music on violin, viola, cello, bass, harp and guitar.  A question-and-answer session will follow the performance.

  • Student Entrepreneurship Showcase, organized by E-Society student leaders, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. March 19 at Benson University Center, 4th floor gallery and atrium.  During breaks between conference sessions, more than a dozen student entrepreneurs will explain their entrepreneurial ventures, some of which are in development and others which are well-established.  Learn how student ventures are getting youngsters interested in biophysics and helping to lift Kenyan women out of poverty.

  • Building Creative Literacy:  A Product Tasting Exercise, 4:10 p.m. - 5:10 pm March 19 in Benson University Center, Room 401C. This interactive presentation showcases an experiential exercise that Clive Muir employs in his business communication classes at Winston-Salem State University to encourage creative thinking and to enhance evaluative skills in his students. In a chocolate-tasting session, participants will use their creative and critical thinking skills to describe the tasting experience to demonstrating why language matters in the creative process. Muir teaches marketing and communication courses in the School of Business and Economics at Winston-Salem State.

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


MEREDITH MONK TO PERFORM AT WAKE FOREST – Multidisciplinary artist Meredith Monk will perform as part of Wake Forest’s Secrest Artists Series and the university’s “Creativity: Worlds in the Making” symposium at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in Brendle Recital Hall.  Tickets for the event are $16-$20.  To order tickets, call (336) 758-5295.  A free Secrest Signature pre-performance talk will be held with Lynn Book, visiting associate professor in theatre and dance and Faculty Fellow in Creativity, at 6:40 p.m. in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 208, adjacent to Brendle Recital Hall.  

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

THE WILD THINGS ARE AT KIDSFEST – The fourth annual Kidsfest will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. March 21 on Manchester Plaza at Wake Forest University. The theme this year is “Kidsfest Safari – where the wild things are” and will feature animal-inspired activities and live music by Chris Burke. Burke, star of the TV show “Life Goes On,” has Down Syndrome and performs with his lifelong friends, Joe and John DeMasi, who are professional musicians and identical twins. The carnival, which is for children with mental and physical handicaps, will include large inflatable slides and bounce houses, booths of fun, carnival-style activities and a petting zoo. Kidsfest is hosted by a student organization called Helping to Overcome Physical Expectations, or HOPE, a volunteer mentoring opportunity for Wake Forest students and students at The Children’s Center, The Special Children’s School and Carter Vocational High School.  The event is for the special needs community and promotes a healthy lifestyle. It is not open to the public, but members of the media are invited to attend.

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


LAW SCHOOL TO HOST MULTICULTURALISM DISCUSSION –Judge Josefina Muniz Rendon will present “Effective Representation in a Multicultural Community” to the Wake Forest School of Law at noon March 19 in Worrell Professional Center, Room 1301.  The event is free and open to the public.  Judge Rendon is a leader and a pioneer in her profession.  In 1977, she became one of Houston’s first Hispanic women attorneys. While still practicing law, she was appointed by the mayor as Houston’s first woman Civil Service Commissioner in 1980.  She is now a judge of the 165th Civil District Court in Houston.

Contact:  Lisa Snedeker at or (336) 758-5719.


WAKE FOREST LAW REVIEW TO HOST 22ND ANNUAL BUSINESS LAW SYMPOSIUM – The Wake Forest Law Review will hold its 22nd annual Business Law Symposium on “Corporate Governance and Climate Change” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 20 in the Worrell Professional Center.  The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is being coordinated by faculty member Alan Palmiter.  It will feature James Fanto of the Brooklyn School of Law, who will present “Anticipating Crises: The Adequacy of Risk Management in Finance and Environmental Studies” and Herman F. Greene of Greene & Franklin PLLC, who will discuss “Hot, Crowded, and Not-So-Flat: The Changing Climate for Corporations.” Other topics include “Global Warming and the Management-Centered Corporation,” “Implications of Climate Change on Corporate Governance with Respect to Enterprise Risk Management” and “The End of Corporate Law.” “The success of corporations has come at a price,” Palmiter explained. “This symposium looks at how corporations deal with risk management and at how corporate organizations have responded, can respond and should respond to global climate change.”

Contact:  Lisa Snedeker at or (336) 758-5719.

LAW SCHOOL TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL ‘COMMUNITY CARES DAY’ – Students, faculty and staff from Wake Forest School of Law will join students, faculty and staff at Kimberley Park Elementary at 1701 Cherry St. in Winston-Salem, from 9 a.m. to noon March 21 to improve the school’s grounds by completing landscaping and other beautification projects.  The second annual “CommUNITY Cares Day,” is led by members of the law school’s Youth Advocacy Group.  Food and drinks will be provided for the volunteers and arts and crafts projects will be available for children.  “Last year was an outstanding success in our first attempt at a school beautification project and bridging the distance between the law school and the community,” said organizer Mike Miller, a third-year law student. “We’re hoping to build on last year’s success and make new friends in the process.”

Contact:  Lisa Snedeker at or (336) 758-5719.

LAW SCHOOL AND LEGAL AID OF N.C. OFFER FREE TAX PREPARATION FOR AREA RESIDENTS Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), in conjunction with Wake Forest School of Law, will offer free tax preparation for eligible taxpayers in Forsyth, Davie, Iredell, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties on March 21 and March 24.  Law school student volunteers will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 21 and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 24 at the Winston-Salem Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina, 102 W. Third St., Suite 460.  To make an appointment for free tax preparations on one of those days, call (336) 725-9162.

Contact:  Lisa Snedeker at or (336) 758-5719.


LEARNING JAPANESE The 24th Annual Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ) Conference will be held at Wake Forest March 21 and 22.  About 50 teachers of Japanese will gather to share their enthusiasm for Japanese language and related subjects. Attendees are primarily from the Southeast, but some are from as far away as California and Japan.  Sessions will be held in Greene Hall from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 21 and 9 a.m. to noon March 22.

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


FESTIVAL TO OFFER INSIDE LOOK AT FILMMAKING – For the second annual Reynolda Film Festival April 1-5, Wake Forest student organizers have lined up an event filled with entertainment, education and competition for aspiring filmmakers and film lovers alike.  Attendees will have the opportunity to see three feature films, hear from animation experts, chat live with independent film director John Sayles and Oscar-nominated co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath, and see winning films from the student competition.  Highlights of the festival include:

Feature Film Screenings & Q&As

All feature film screenings and Q&As are free and open to the public.  Reservations are required for some events.

April 3

  • Film Screening of “Honeydripper,” 7 p.m., Carwell Hall’s Annenberg Forum. 
  • Live Video Conference Q&A with John Sayles, 9:30 p.m., Annenberg Forum.

April 4

  • Film Screening of “The Betrayal,” 6 p.m., Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center.
  • Live Q&A with Thavisouk Phrasavath, 7:30 p.m., Pugh Auditorium.
  • Film Screening of “Wendy and Lucy,” 9 p.m., Annenberg Forum.

Feature Events

Feature events are free and open to the public.  Seating is first-come, first-served.

  • “Creating Reality: A Visual Effects and Animation Panel,” 7 p.m. April 1, Annenberg Forum.  Guest panelists include:
  • Russell Darling, computer graphics supervisor at Tippett Studios;
  • Anjelica Casillas, digital production manager at Rhythm & Hues Studios;
  • Adam Burke, animator for Pixar Animation Studies;
  • Bill Frake, storyboard artist for Blue Sky Studios; and
  • John Cernak, owner and director of Out of Our Minds Animation Studios. 
  • “The Pixar Experience, featuring Adam Burke,” 7 p.m. April 2, Annenberg Forum.

Complete festival information and a schedule for student film screenings are available at

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


WHAT WENT WRONG WITH THE ECONOMY? – Wake Forest’s BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism presents “What Went Wrong? Causes of the 2008 Financial Meltdown” at 7 p.m. April 2 in Pugh Auditorium at the Benson University Center. The presentation is free and open to the public and a question-and-answer session will follow.  David Coates, professor of political science and member of the capitalism center’s planning group, will explain why the meltdown occurred, why its global impact was so immediate and so massive, and what needs to be done both to repair it and to prevent its re-occurrence. Coates says, “It will involve explaining, among other things, the housing finance system in the U.S., in other industrial countries and the links between the two.” Coates will explore the opposing views that too much versus too little regulation of the markets led to the crisis, and the role politics has played in the meltdown. The BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at Wake Forest was established in 2008 to engage faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the public, in a serious and sustained examination of the philosophical foundations of capitalism through undergraduate courses, faculty and student seminars, research support and a series of public speakers.

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


DANCE MARATHON SUPPORTS CANCER RESEARCH – Wake Forest students will stay on their feet from noon to midnight April 4 to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. Students can dance, play basketball and other games, but must stay on their feet for the entire 12-hour event held in Reynolds Gym. This is the fourth annual Wake ’n Shake, which benefits the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund. The marathon event was started by students in the spring of 2006, with 300 dancers raising more than $48,000, and has grown into a Wake Forest tradition. The Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund was founded in 1980 in honor of Wake Forest alumnus and Chicago Bears football star, Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer. After 28 years of annual fundraisers, more than $863,000 has been raised to support cancer research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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

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