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By Jacob McConnico
March 24, 2005

FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY TO DELIVER BROYHILL LECTURE — Robert E. Rubin, former U.S. treasury secretary and director and chairman of the executive committee at Citigroup Inc., will deliver the 2005 Broyhill Executive Lecture titled "The Global Economy: Outlook and Issues" at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at Wake Forest University in Scales Fine Arts Center's Brendle Recital Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Rubin has spent his professional life working with the nation's financial markets and public policy. He spent 27 years at Goldman, Sachs and Co., serving as co-chief operating officer and co-chairman before leaving in 1993 to join the Clinton administration as assistant to President Clinton for economic policy. He guided the National Economic Council as it oversaw the administration's domestic and international economic policymaking.

Contact: Dusty Donaldson, or 336-758-4454.

'CHINA: ECONOMIC GIANT EMERGES' — Wei-chin Lee, professor of political science at Wake Forest, will discuss China's rapid economic growth and its impact on the ecosystem, patterns of global trade and resource distribution at 7 p.m. March 24 in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102. The talk is free and open to the public. This is the second lecture in Winston Salem's Great Decisions 2005, a six-week citizens forum on current foreign policy issues. The series is sponsored by Wake Forest's Center for International Studies.

Contact: Jacob McConnico, or 336-758-5237.

COACHTALK: THE HIDDEN MESSAGE OF POST-GAME COMMENTS — Ever notice that whether they win or lose, coaches seem to say the same things? Wake Forest associate professor of communication John Llewellyn says you are not imagining things. "After a while if you listen to enough coaches, you begin to think you've heard it all," Llewellyn says. "The odds are you have." For nearly two decades, Llewellyn has researched the professional vocabulary of NCAA Division I men's college basketball coaches for "Coachtalk," a chapter in the book "Case Studies in Sport Communication." He says there is a pattern in what winning and losing coaches say after each game that reveals respect for each other and the world of athletics. An expert on rhetoric, Llewellyn is accustomed to interacting with broadcast and print media. He is available for interviews about his research and to analyze coaches' comments during March Madness. Contact Llewellyn directly at or 336-758-4511.

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or 336-758-5237.

SOCIOLOGISTS TRACK N.C. WINE INDUSTRY — The number of wineries in North Carolina has more than tripled in the past decade. Ian Taplin and Saylor Breckenridge, sociologists at Wake Forest, have documented the rapid growth of retail wineries and commercial wine production in a study to be published in the 2005 issue of Research in the Sociology of Work. They visited wineries in the Yadkin River Valley and across the state to find out how the wine industry has taken root in North Carolina. They looked at how good grape-growing soil and climate conditions, the decline of tobacco, and a few pioneering entrepreneurs have given the fledgling industry its start.

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

MUSICIAN, HISTORIAN OFFERS LOOK AT 80S MUSIC — Barry Drake, a music historian and musician, will give a multimedia presentation and lecture titled "80's Rock — Music in the Video Age" at 8 p.m. March 30 in Pugh Auditorium in the university's Benson University Center. The free, public event will celebrate and examines music from rock's fourth decade, which began with the election of Ronald Reagan and the death of John Lennon. Featuring hundreds of slides, videos and interviews, Drake's lecture will take his audience on a musical trip featuring the music of Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, U2, R.E.M., Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, The Police, Run DMC, Prince, Aerosmith, Milli Vanilli and others. A graduate of Manhattan College, Drake has toured the United States and Europe extensively as a singer/songwriter as well as with his rock 'n' roll lectures on 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s music. The lecture is sponsored by the Student Union. For more information, call 336-758-5697.

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

COMEDIAN LEWIS BLACK TO PERFORM AT WFU — Actor, playwright and stand-up comedian Lewis Black will perform at 8 p.m. March 31 in Wake Forest's Wait Chapel. The university's student comedy troupe The Lilting Banshees and stand-up comedian John Bowman will open for Black beginning at 7 p.m. Black, who is known for his caustic social and political comedy, is a weekly political commentator on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." He has starred in two half-hour comedy specials for the network, was a regular contributor to Comedy Central's "Indecision 2000" election coverage and has performed extensively as a stand-up comedian. In 2001, he was awarded "Best Male Stand Up" by The American Comedy Awards. Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 for Wake Forest students. Tickets are available at the Benson University Center Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or may be purchased over the phone with a Mastercard or Visa by calling 336-758-4265.

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

NEWS SERVICE CLOSED, CLASSES CANCELLED FOR GOOD FRIDAY — Classes will not meet and administrative offices on the Reynolda Campus will be closed March 25 in observance of Good Friday. For urgent media needs during this time, contact the News Service at 336-758-5237 and follow the instructions in the voice message. The News Service will re-open at 8:30 a.m. March 28.

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