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By Jacob McConnico
Oct. 13, 2005

HOLLYWOOD FILMMAKERS VISIT WFU — The Wake Forest University film studies program, in conjunction with the School of Filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts, will host an event featuring Hollywood filmmakers Robert and Helen Elswit at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Wake Forest's Carswell Hall, Annenberg Forum, Room 111. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a screening of "The River Wild," a 1994 film starring Kevin Bacon and Meryl Streep for which Robert and Helen Elswit, who are husband and wife, were director of photography and production coordinator, respectively. After the screening, the Elswits will participate in an audience question-and-answer session. The event is the first product of a new collaboration between Wake Forest and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Peter Brunette, director of Wake Forest's film studies program, said the collaboration presents great opportunities for students and the community. "It gives our students, who are for the most part only minoring in film studies, a chance to rub shoulders with real industry professionals and fellow students who are living in the same town and heading for careers in filmmaking," said Brunette, Reynolds Professor of Film Studies at Wake Forest.

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

THEOLOGIAN MIROSLAV VOLF, THE IMPORTANCE OF GENEROSITY — Miroslav Volf, an internationally recognized human rights advocate, author and theologian, will present a lecture titled "Generosity: Importance, Challenge, Possibility" at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in Wake Forest University's Wait Chapel. The free, public lecture is presented as the Wake Forest Divinity School's 2005 Margaret A. Steelman Lecture. Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School and director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, is a native of Croatia who emigrated to the United States in the early 1990s. He was an outspoken proponent of peace during the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia, and his specialty is how faith can connect to everyday life — especially to questions about violence. Volf is visiting Wake Forest as part of events planned for the inauguration of the university's 13th president Nathan O. Hatch. He will also give the talk "The Superficial and the Profound" at the 11 a.m. chapel service Oct. 18 in Wait Chapel. He will be a panelist for the Oct. 19 academic symposium "The Moral Challenges of Professional Life," scheduled for 2 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall in the university's Scales Fine Arts Center.

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

WFU'S MAGNOLIA COURT, WEST HALL GET NEW NAMES — In recognition of an historic $5 million gift from Wake Forest trustee Doug Manchester and his wife, Elizabeth, the university is naming in their honor an academic building and an adjacent popular outdoor area of the Reynolda Campus. The official dedication is scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in the main lounge of Reynolda Hall. West Hall will be formally dedicated as Manchester Hall during the ceremony. The building is part of the Calloway Center for Business, Mathematics and Computer Science. West Hall houses the mathematics and computer science departments. In addition, Manchester Plaza, formerly known as Magnolia Court, will be dedicated at the same campus ceremony. The area comprises an extensive lawn bordered by academic and administrative buildings. Students regularly gather on the lawn for a variety of functions each year, including community service projects, small concerts, outdoor meals and talent shows. The Manchesters, of La Jolla, Calif., are parents of a Wake Forest student and a 2003 graduate. Doug Manchester is founder and chairman of the Manchester Financial Group in San Diego.

Contact: Kevin Cox, or 336-758-5237.

'WE THE PLANET' BUS TOUR STOPS AT WFU — Julia Butterfly Hill, activist and author of "The Legacy of Luna," will bring her "We The Planet" bus tour to Wake Forest. She will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Pugh Auditorium of Benson University Center. A booksigning will follow the lecture. Hill says her bus tours are designed to help provide young people the positive solutions and creative strategies they need to act as agents of change toward a peaceful, just and sustainable planet. Hill is known for bringing international attention to the plight of the world's last remaining ancient forests when she climbed 180 feet into the branches of a 1,000 year-old redwood tree and refused to come down. Her protest lasted 738 days.

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

HALLOWEEN MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: 'ONCE UPON A PUMPKIN' — Wake Forest will host more than 1,500 children from 40 community agencies for "Once Upon a Pumpkin," its 17th annual Project Pumpkin, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27. The event will take place on Hearn Plaza (the Quad) between Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall. Wake Forest Men's Basketball Coach Skip Prosser will serve as the grand marshall. Hearn Plaza will be decorated with fairy tale characters, dragons and bats. Costumed student volunteers will escort children through residence halls for trick-or-treating, and carnival games, face painting, haunted houses and other activities will be set up. Children will also have the chance to meet Wake Forest athletes and the Demon Deacon mascot. The media is invited, but the event is not open to the general public. Morning show segments can be arranged. Event organizers will begin decorating the Quad at 5 a.m. Oct. 27. Student volunteers and agency representatives can also be available for interviews during the event.

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

JOPLIN RAGTIME MAKES EAST COAST DEBUT — Wake Forest's Secrest Artists Series will present Rick Benjamin's historical re-creation of Scott Joplin's famous ragtime opera "Treemonisha" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Wait Chapel. This will be the first performance of this version of "Treemonisha" on the East Coast. Unlike traditional opera, the performance follows the story of an African-American community's emergence from slavery through heartfelt arias, rousing ragtime choruses and a rhythmic, snappy score performed by the 13-piece Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and a cast of 40. Benjamin, the cast and the orchestra will be rehearsing at Wake Forest Oct. 24 - Oct. 27. Morning show segments and other interviews can be arranged. Tickets are $20 for adults; $12 for senior citizens and non-WFU students; and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available through the Theatre Box Office at 336-758-5295.

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

'GOD'S OCTOBER SURPRISE' AT WFU — This year, and for the next two years, two strands of time that are celebrated in two communities now often at odds with one another will be woven together in a seldom seen way. Tishri, the month during which Jews observe Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, began Oct. 3 at sundown. Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, began the week of Oct. 3 with the first sighting of the crescent moon. In recognition of these and several other important religious dates during the month of October, the Wake Forest Divinity School is recognizing what is being referred to nationally as "God's October Surprise" with a series of chapel events. On Oct. 18, Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, will lead a service in Wait Chapel focused on "The Superficial and the Profound." Karen Dresser, a Wake Forest Divinity School student and local artist, will lead a service on Judaism Oct. 25 in the lower auditorium of Wingate Hall during the final October chapel event. Both services are free and open to the public and begin at 11 a.m. Other celebrations held this month included an Oct. 4 service led by the Rev. Robert McGee, Wake Forest's Episcopal campus minister, celebrating the Feast of St. Francis, and an Oct. 11 service focused on Islam with Imam Khalid Griggs, the imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem. Important religious dates recognized this October include Mahatma Gandhi's birthday Oct. 2, and Worldwide (Protestant/Orthodox) Communion Sunday the same day. In mid-October, parallel to Sukkot, there are major Sikh, Buddhist and Hindu festivals.

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

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