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Free talk about sustainability kicks off library lecture series at WFU

September 9, 2009

Terri LeGrand, executive director of the Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA), will discuss ways the alliance is working to create a sustainable community at 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 204.

The talk, “Connecting People to Preserve Our Planet,” is part of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

PEA is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to educate and inform the public about environmentally friendly choices they can make and to motivate people to take action. LeGrand will present a brief comparison between Winston-Salem and a comparable-size city that has successfully addressed energy use in transportation and the built environment. She will also share ideas for individual actions at home, at school and at work.

Other free talks scheduled at the library this fall include:

  • The Big Read: Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

3 p.m. Sept. 30, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Rare Books Reading Room                

Rian Bowie and Erica Still, both assistant professors of English at Wake Forest, will lead a discussion of the book selected for the 2009 Big Read, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and co-sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Forsyth County Public Library. Special Collections Librarian Megan Mulder will also introduce an exhibit of Harlem Renaissance authors housed in the Rare Books Reading Room.

  • “Getting Immigration Right: What Every American Needs to Know”

 4 p.m. Oct. 6, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library will host a book launch for “Getting Immigration Right: What Every American Needs to Know,” edited by Wake Forest faculty members David Coates, professor of political science, and Peter Siavelis, associate professor of political science. Coates and Siavelis will provide commentary on the book, which contains papers from Wake Forest’s 2007 Voices of Our Time conference, “Immigration: Recasting the Debate,” which brought together leading immigration scholars and policy experts. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Storytelling and Remembrance

2:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 204

Ulrike Wiethaus, professor of religion and American ethnic studies, will join playwright Harriet Nordlund for a conversation about the oral traditions of Sweden’s Sami people and their revitalization in contemporary Sami theatre.  Nordlund is head of the Cultural Department of Jokkmokk, Sweden, the center for the native Sami people of Lule Valley, and former artistic director of Beavvais Sami Teahter.

  • Wine Industry in North Carolina

3 p.m. Nov. 4, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 204

As a panel, Wake Forest professors Ian Taplin, Clay Hipp and Terry Baker will discuss economic and cultural aspects of North Carolina’s wine industry as well as their experiences and research in this area. 

Ian Taplin is professor of sociology and international studies at Wake Forest and visiting research professor at Bordeaux Ecole de Management in France. He has published articles on the North Carolina wine industry and is the author of the forthcoming book, “From Moonshine to Fine Wine: Networks and the Social Construction of Markets in the North Carolina Wine Industry.” Clay Hipp is senior lecturer in Wake Forest University’s Schools of Business as well as a grower of grapes, a winemaker and wine aficionado. Terry Baker is associate professor of accountancy in Wake Forest University Schools of Business.  He regularly teaches undergraduate courses abroad, including one in Bordeaux, France, that focuses on management issues in the wine industry.

  • “Never again?  Human rights atrocities and the legacy of the Rwandan genocide”

3 p.m. Nov. 11, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 204

Sarah Lischer, professor of political science at Wake Forest, will speak on her recent field research and experiences in African refugee camps during spring 2009 and discuss lessons the Rwandan genocide holds for the current suffering in Darfur, the Congo, Zimbabwe, and war zones around the world.

For more information, call 336-758-4692 or visit

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