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February 22, 2010

COMMEMORATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIT-INS -- Fifty years ago, on Feb. 23, 1960, white students from Wake Forest University joined students from Winston-Salem State University to protest segregated lunch counters in downtown Winston-Salem. The 50th anniversary of the sit-ins will be observed during a program at Wake Forest on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. in Wait Chapel. The program is part of the Divinity School’s Worship in Wait series. George Williamson, a 1961 graduate of Wake Forest, was one of the white Wake Forest students who participated in the sit-in; he will offer reflections on his experience as one of the protesters. Also, Dr. Brad R. Braxton, ordained Baptist minister, Biblical scholar and teacher of preaching, will deliver the message, “The Danger of an Incomplete Transformation.” The program is free and open to the public.

PROFESSOR’S NEW BOOK EXPLORES PERFECTION -- Michael Hyde, University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics at Wake Forest University, will sign copies of his new book, “Perfection: Coming to Terms with Being Human,” on Thurs., Feb. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Wake Forest Bookstore. In the book, published this month by Baylor University Press, Hyde explores the history of the idea of human perfection throughout Western philosophy, religion, science and art.  He draws on figures from St. Augustine to Leonardo DaVinci to Mary Shelley and examines the consequences of the perfection driven impulse of medical science. The event is free and open to the public.

Press Contacts:

Kerry King
(336) 758-6084

Ellen Sterner Sedeno
(214) 546-8893

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