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April 2, 2009

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, Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies 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 reoccurrence. 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: Eric Frazier, 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 Event

This event is free and open to the public.  Seating is first-come, first-served.

  • “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.


WFU’S ‘KING LEAR’ TO FEATURE GUEST ACTORS KRASNICK, HUIE – The Wake Forest University Theatre will conclude its “Season of Scandal” with William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” featuring guest actors Dennis Krasnick and Michael Huie, beginning April 3.  Krausnick, a renowned actor with Shakespeare & Company, will play the part of Lear, and Huie, a local writer, playwright, actor and Wake Forest graduate, will perform as Gloucester.  Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 3-4 and April 8-11, and at 2 p.m. April 5.  All performances will be held in the MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center.  Tickets are $5-$12 and are available through the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office by calling (336) 758-5295 or emailing

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

WOMEN IN THE MILITARY FACE ADDITIONAL DANGERS The Women and Militarism speaker series explores the dangers of military service that are specific to women. Stan Goff, a retired U.S. Army master sergeant, will discuss the connections between militarism, patriarchy and pornography in American culture at 7 p.m. April 2 in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium. Goff, the author of the book “Sex and War,” makes the claim that covert militaristic ethics, not the stated ethics of honor and freedom, influence American military personnel as much as stated policy. The series is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and concludes April 22 with a discussion led by retired U.S. Army colonel Ann Wright on research into the rapes of U.S. military women by U.S. military men in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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


WAKE FOREST LAW REVIEW HOSTS NATIONAL TORT SYMPOSIUM – The Wake Forest Law Review will host a symposium on the “Third Restatement of Torts” April 2 and 3at the Worrell Professional Center.  The symposium is being coordinated by faculty member Michael Green, who is the Bess and Walter Williams Distinguished Chair at Wake Forest Law School and a co-reporter for the third restatement. The symposium will be held in Room 1312 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 3. More than 40 participants, including some of the world’s top torts scholars and lawyers, as well as a number of American Law Institute officials, university presidents, and distinguished jurists will take part.  The event is free and open to the public. CLE credit is available for a fee.

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


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.


THE MUSIC GENOME PROJECT AND THE FUTURE OF STREAMING MUSIC – Tim Westergren, founder and chief strategy officer for Pandora Media, will visit Wake Forest on April 6 to talk about digital music issues. In 2000, the Music Genome Project began analyzing individual songs in popular music of every genre, ultimately identifying 400 distinct musical attributes. Through these attributes, Westergren’s company developed, a free service that allows music lovers to create their own personalized Internet radio stations based on similar attributes of a favorite musical group. During his visit to Wake Forest, Westergren will hold several scheduled talks about the Music Genome Project, digital music issues and copyright, the future of streaming music and entrepreneurial opportunities in the music industry.  Westergren is available for interviews between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. April 7.

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

GRADUATE STUDENTS SHARE RESEARCH FINDINGS – More than 100 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers at Wake Forest University will showcase their projects from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 6 at BB&T Field’s Bridger Field House, 499 Deacon Boulevard, during the Ninth Annual Graduate Research Day.  The event is free and open to the public.  Research projects spanning the physical and social sciences will be presented through poster displays that will be judged by teams from various disciplines for cash prizes.  Examples of research to be presented at the event include: an examination of how organizations using best practices in enterprise risk management have fared during the current financial crisis; an animal study in mice testing the effectiveness of using carbon nanotubes heated with lasers to destroy kidney tumors; and an analysis of Google, Yahoo and searches during the 2008 presidential election to evaluate the role Internet search engines play as sources of political information.  After the poster session, there will be a presentation, “Research in the Physics Department:  From a Single Molecule to Giant Stars,” which will highlight research accomplishments, patents and start-up companies originating from the physics department at Wake Forest.  Martin Guthold, assistant professor of physics and director of the physics graduate program, will moderate a three-student panel of physics doctoral candidates.

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


EAST TIMOR TODAY: FAILED STATE OR ON THE ROAD TO STABILITY? –  Hans Klemm, U.S. ambassador to Timor-Leste (East Timor), will speak on current redevelopment efforts there at 6 p.m. April 8 in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium.  The event, sponsored by the history department, is free and open to the public.  Since gaining its independence in 2002, Timor-Leste, the eastern portion of an island in the Indonesian archipelago, has been plagued by internal strife and faced economic hardship as its leaders, including Noble laureate Jose Ramos Horta, have tackled the challenges of creating a new nation.  Klemm will share first-hand insights and analysis of the situation in Timor-Leste.

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

SALEM COLLEGE PROFESSOR TO READ POETRY, FICTION – Amy Knox Brown, assistant professor of creative writing and English at Salem College, will read selections from her poetry chapbook, “Advice from Household Gods,” and a story from her short fiction collection, “Three Versions of the Truth,” at 4 p.m. April 15 in Room 204 at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  The event, which is part of the Spring 2009 Library Series, is free and open to the public.  Brown’s writing has been published in Shenandoah, Missouri Review, Other Voices, Nebraska Review and other literary magazines.  Brown is a native of Lincoln, Neb. She received a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, she holds a master’s degree and doctorate in English and creative writing, as well as a law degree.

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


REGIONAL BAPTISTS TO GATHER AT WAKE FOREST – President Jimmy Carter and writer Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest, will deliver keynote addresses during the Southeast regional gathering of the New Baptist Covenant, April 24 and 25 in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest. The event is free and open to the public. The gathering will include worship services and workshops offering strategies for churches to respond to pressing social and spiritual needs in a time of economic crisis. The theme of the gathering is “This is God’s Year to Act: Responding to a Society in Crisis.” Angelou will speak during the opening worship service beginning at 1 p.m. April 24, along with a seminary student selected in a national competition to identify excellence among young preachers. Carter will speak at 2:30 p.m. April 25 during the closing worship service. Workshops during the two days will be presented in Benson University Center, led by individuals from the region working in ministries related to education, homelessness, health care, the environment and immigration. “Baptists are called to live out the mandates of Christ to care for persons in need,” says Bill Leonard, dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity and co-chair of the gathering. “The regional meeting is an effort to bring Baptists together around common service in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and the imprisoned.” A full schedule for the New Baptist Covenant regional gathering at Wake Forest is online at

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

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