2012-2013 Events Archive

On April 27, 1962, the Wake Forest University Board of Trustees demonstrated remarkable courage when they voted to end racial segregation at the university, making Wake Forest the South’s first major private university  to integrate.  Subsequently a Ghana native, Ed Reynolds became the first full-time black student to enroll in the fall of 1962.

On April 27, 2012, the University kicked off  a yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Board of Trustees decision to integrate with a celebration appropriately themed, Faces of Courage.

Faces of Courage honors the legacy and important actions of all those that have and continue to contribute to Wake Forest’s diverse and inclusive community. Find out more about the events we have planned; our University’s cultural history and our current commitment to building an ever more inclusive Wake Forest at facesofcourage.wfu.edu


February 2013

February 5, 2013 | 7:00 PM

E. Patrick Johnson Presents Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South | Ring Theater, Wake Forest University

In partnership with the LGBTQ Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the WFU Theater Department

Pouring Tea is based on the oral histories collected in Johnson’s book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South–An Oral History, published by the University of North Carolina Press. The oral histories are from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South and range in age from 19 to 93. This performance covers the following topics: coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories, and coming out. Johnson embodies these and others’ stories in the show. A book signing and reception will follow the performance, with copies of Sweet Tea available for purchase. Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the University Theatre, and SAF.

February 1 – 2 & 6 – 10, 2013 | 7:30 p.m.

VOX! Productions | Ring Theater, Wake Forest University

In partnership with the WFU Theater Department, LGBTQ Center

VOX is a high-energy performance exploration of our big mouths, slippery tongues and full-throated tales created by students under the direction of internationally acclaimed performer, Tim Miller. Miller will shape VOX from the performers’ memories, diverse stories and images of the history of their individual voices during an intensive rehearsal period, building on his many short term workshop residencies at Wake Forest over the last ten years. Open wide and dive in! Visit the WFU Theater Department for details and tickets purchases.

February 12, 2013 | 5:00 p.m. 

Helena Maria Viramontes presents “In the Openness of Others: Sensual Practices, Cultural Specificity, and a Movement Towards Tolerance” | Kulynych Auditorium, Byrum Welcome Center

In partnership with the Humanities Institute 

A teacher and mentor to countless young writers, Helena María Viramontes  is currently Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English at Cornell University. Her most recent novel, Their Dogs Came with Them, (2007), focuses on the dispossessed, the working poor, the homeless, and the undocumented of East Los Angeles, where Viramontes was born and raised.  Her work strives to recreate the visceral sense of a world virtually unknown to mainstream letters and to transform readers through relentlessly compassionate storytelling.

Viramontes became co-coordinator of the Los Angeles Latino Writers Association and literary editor of XhistmeArte Magazine and  helped found Southern California Latino Writers and Filmmakers. She was named a USA Ford Fellow in Literature for 2007 by United States Artists, she has also received the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, a Sundance Institute Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Luis Leal Award.

February 12, 2013 | 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Safe Zone Training (Faculty, Staff & Students) | Benson 409

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The Safe Zone program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students about the LGBTQ community. Anti-LGBTQ bias and prejudice affects all members of a community, and we all have the opportunity to work against it. Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone. Allies who have completed the training program will be given a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on the ally’s door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community.

February 12, 2013 | 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Gatekeepers 2: Cross-Cultural Conflict| Reynolda Hall, Room 309

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“Gatekeepers II: Cross Cultural Conflict & Dialogue” is the second workshop in the Gatekeepers Workshop Series. If you have ever had an unpleasant conflict that you wish could have been handled more effectively, or hesitated to have a conversation about diversity because you feared it would not have a positive outcome, this class is for you. In this session, participants will complete the Intercultural Conflict Assessment to identify their own preferred conflict style, followed by exercises that allow them to understand a range of cultural conflict styles and practice strategies for effectiveness across those differences. Participants will then learn a dialogue process and practice having conversations about diversity issues utilizing the dialogue tool.

February 13, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. 

Lecture by Dr. Bob Zellner, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek” | ZSR Auditorium 

In partnership with Office of Multicultural Affairs and SAF 

Bob Zellner became an unlikely civil rights activist. Yet today, he is well known as one of the most influential white southerners of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, in part for organizing “The Freedom Rides” of 1961. Raised in southern Alabama, with a father and grandfather active in the Ku Klux Klan, Zellner was a field secretary for SNCC, arrested 18 times in seven states, charged with everything from criminal anarchy to “inciting the black population to acts of war and violence,” all in the attempt to register voters and bring about change and equality.

Now a PhD. in history, with a focus on the southern civil rights movement, Zellner keeps the stories of the movement alive. In his memoir, The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement, Zellner reveals the sometimes horrific, always interesting, story of the commitment to racial justice. His larger-than-life story based on his book is slated to become an independent film produced by Spike Lee called Son of the South, due in theaters in 2013.

February 19, 2013 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Reclaiming Spirit, Reframing Flesh | ZSR Auditorium

Why did enslaved blacks embrace Christianity? Motivated by this question, Dr. Derek S. Hicks, in his recently published book, Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition, provides an interpretation of the function of Christianity for oppressed African Americans. His work emphasizes everyday religious practices that engage culture in an effort to reclaim the human spirit fractured by physical, political, spiritual, and social degradation. Giving attention to black faith as articulated during antebellum period America, Hicks asserts that restorative sensibilities—expressed in moral politics, protest documents, material culture, music, literature, and even aesthetic presentation—disclose a ‘reclaiming spirit’ that permeates all of black religious life and thought.

February 25, 2013 | 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Engaging and Supporting the Wake Forest Student: Pedagogical approaches for success series

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A goal of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is to support faculty members in engaging underrepresented minorities and other students in the classroom. To this end, we are collaborating with the Teaching and Learning Center to sponsor the following workshop series for Wake Forest faculty to learn about various demographic groups represented among the incoming freshman class. The presenters will share information on these students’ unique needs, and we will explore pedagogical approaches that lead to student success.

Check the Special Notes section for class details.

February 25th, 2013 | 1 p.m. – 4:30p.m.

Gatekeepers Workshop 3: Contact Theory and Dialogue

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“Gatekeepers III:  Contact Theory and Dialogue” is the third workshop in the Gatekeepers Workshop Series.  Engaging in effective dialogue is challenging to most individuals because dialogue, by definition, is having conversation for the sole purpose of understanding someone better; whereas, debate is defined as having a conversation for the sole purpose of winning. Workshop participants will learn and practice dialogue skills. Contact Theory proposes that equal-status contact between antagonistic groups should lower tension and breed greater harmony. Allport wrote that “contact must reach below the surface in order to be effective in altering prejudice. Only the type of contact that leads people to do things together is likely to result in changed attitudes” (Allport, 1958).  If you have completed Gatekeepers I & II and are interested in developing your understanding of contact theory and dialogue skills, this class is for you.

February 28, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. 

Deliberative Dialogues on Inclusion | Benson University Center

In partnership with WFU Political Science Department, Institute for Public Engagement

Building off the energy from last school year, the Deliberate Dialogues return to discuss “Inclusion,” its implications and how best to instill it into our campus culture and community. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

February 28 – March 2, 2013 | see times at registration link below

Institute for Dismantling Racism & Crossroads Anti-Racism 2-1/2 Day Workshop

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The Institute for Dismantling Racism, Inc. (IDR), is hosting an anti-racism training workshop in conjunction with the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. The IDR training prepares leaders to respond to issues of institutionalized racism in governmental, religious, educational, or other community-based organizations. The IDR is a group of institutions and coalitions dedicated to fostering the development of institutional anti-racist culture and identity, by organizing, by educating and by challenging the status quo of the racial inequities that exist in society.

The purpose of this anti-racism gathering is to provide an introductory process for participants from Wake Forest University and the wider community to explore and deepen their understanding of systemic racism and to begin to investigate ways to more effectively dismantle racism.

Cost to the general public is $350, which covers the cost of the program, materials, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. A limited number of scholarships are available to students, faculty, and staff of the Wake Forest community. For more information about scholarships, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 336 758.3824.