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April 22, 2009

TALK EXPLORES MUSIC AND THE LEARNING PROCESS – Peter Perret, former conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony, will present “Music, Mind and Learning” at 4 p.m. April 22 in Room 204 at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  The event, which is part of the spring 2009 Library Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.  Perret will talk about the origins of music/brain research and discuss recent discoveries with an eye toward practical applications.  Perret is the creator of the Music, Mind & Learning method (formerly known as the Bolton Project), in which a woodwind quintet takes on a residency in an underachieving elementary school using music to significantly increase reading and math abilities.  He speaks frequently on the connection between music, brain development and the learning process and has made presentations at the American Symphony Orchestra League, Orchestras Canada, the National Dyslexia Research Foundation and the Singapore Arts Academy.  In addition to serving previously as music director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, Perret has led the Buffalo Philharmonic in New York and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra in South Africa.  Perret holds advanced degrees in conducting and chamber music from the Conservatoire Royal de Belgique in Brussels, Belgium, and in conducting fromAccademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.  For more information on the event, call (336) 758-4713.

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

RAPE IN THE U.S. MILITARY – Ann Wright, a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves, says that “one in three women who join the U.S. military will be sexually assaulted or raped by men in the military.” Wright will talk about her research at 7 p.m. April 22 in Pugh Auditorium at the Benson University Center. Her talk is titled “Camouflaged Rapes: U.S. Military Cover-ups.” Wright was one of three State Department officials who resigned in March, 2003, over the imminent invasion of Iraq. She is co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience,” published in 2008. Since resigning, Wright has been researching rapes of U.S. military women by U.S. military men in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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


“PUMP UP FOR PICCOLO” LIFTS WEIGHTS FOR A GOOD CAUSE – The Wake Forest football team and members of Pi Kappa Alpha and other Wake Forest fraternities will compete in a weight lifting and strength event to raise money for cancer research from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 23 on Wake Forest’s Manchester Plaza. Ten teams made up of two football players and two fraternity members will compete against each other in a series of weight lifting and strength events. Prizes will be awarded to the strongest teams. The “Pump Up For Piccolo” event has set a goal to raise $3,000 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive this year. The fund was established by students in 1980 in memory of Wake Forest graduate and Chicago Bear football star, Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer at the age of 26. The fund is nearing the $1 million mark in monies raised for cancer research.

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


REGIONAL BAPTISTS TO GATHER AT WAKE FOREST – President Jimmy Carter and poet 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 For more logistics information, visit the News Service Web site at
Editors: For security reasons, only credentialed media will be allowed access to New Baptist Covenant events. To request credentials, send an e-mail with your name, media outlet, phone number and e-mail address to Lance Wallace at

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

TALKING BIOETHICS: FROM STEM CELL RESEARCH TO END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS – To increase public discussion of bioethics in medicine and research, Wake Forest will bring together communication scholars, bioethics scholars, scientists and others for the “Bioethics, Moral Argument and Social Responsibility” conference April 27 and 28. From stem cell research to genetic testing to end-of-life decisions, the speakers will address biomedical topics and engage a broad public audience in discussion of the ethical and public policy controversies surrounding them. Among the panelists are two representatives from the President’s Council on Bioethics. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Sessions will take place in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum on the Wake Forest campus. “The conference brings together those who have a voice in the debate right now and experts who have national and international reputations,” said Michael Hyde, Wake Forest University Distinguished Chair in Communication Ethics and co-organizer of the conference. “Biotechnology, more than anything else, is going to change what it means to be a human being. That is what is so scary and so wonderful about it.”   Contact the News Service to arrange interviews with the speakers, including Rebecca Dresser, who serves on President Obama’s Bioethics Council, and Carl Elliott, author of  “Better than Well:  American Medicine Meets the American Dream,” a recent book focused on ethical issues associated with “enhancement technologies” such as Prozac, Viagra and Botox.

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

DESK EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 28 –The annual D.E.S.K. (Developing Education through Student Knowledge) event has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. April 28 on Manchester Plaza.  The event has been rescheduled twice due to inclement weather.  Wake Forest students will paint and donate desks for area elementary students.  Selected students in need of a desk are paired with a team of five to 10 Wake Forest students, who paint their desk according to the interests of the individual child. The goal of Developing Education through Student Knowledge is to provide desks, chairs and school supplies for children in the Winston-Salem community who are in need of a place to study and learn in their homes.  The annual community service project was started by two Wake Forest students after they identified a lack of homework space in the homes of the students they tutored.  The first D.E.S.K event in 2004 included 15 student organizations and provided 20 desks for Old Town Elementary School students.  This year, more than 40 student organizations have signed up to paint desks for 57 children at Old Town Elementary.

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

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS – Vice President Joe Biden will deliver Wake Forest’s 2009 commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree in an outdoor ceremony on Hearn Plaza at 9 a.m. May 18.  Biden will be the first sitting vice president to deliver a commencement address at Wake Forest.  The event is reserved for graduates and their guests.  It is not open to the general public.  Members of the media who wish to cover the ceremony must obtain credentials for admission.  Extensive security measures will be in place that day, so parking and other logistical procedures will be tightly controlled.  Detailed instructions will be communicated at a later date.

Editors: Please contact the News Service early to discuss your needs and confirm individual contact information to ensure that media advisories and updates reach everyone who needs to receive them.

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

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