328 The History of Wake Forest
Work. The first event was a Septem-
ber 26 forum in Brendle Recital Hall
called Understanding September 11.
The forum was led by Charles “Hank”
Kennedy (Political Science) and
Charles Kimball (Religion), experts
on the Middle East, who explained
the history of American relations with
countries in that region. In late Octo-
ber, poet Jane Mead (English) hosted
An Evening of Poetry and Silence,
where participants were invited to read
original poems or favorites by others
in remembrance of the victims, and
donations were collected for the Red
Cross September 11 Fund and the Help
Afghan Women Campaign. In a second
forum on November 1, Responding
to Conflict: Military, Diplomatic, and
Humanitarian Approaches, Michael
Hughes (History), Nagesh Rao (Eng-
lish), and George K. Walker (Law) dis-
cussed how the United States and its allies were responding to the terrorist attacks.
On November 7, Political Science faculty Michaelle Browers, David Coates, Hank
Kennedy, and Richard Sears hosted a teach-in called “Why Do They Hate Us? The
War on Terrorism.”
Students, faculty, and staff raised more than $10,000 to benefit charities support-
ing victims of the 9/11 attacks during a campus-wide fund drive held between mid-
September and mid-October. Organized by the Volunteer Service Corps, the project
drew more than a thousand student participants. In addition, the College Book Store
sold greeting cards featuring the logo that student Melissa McGhie designed for the
Year of Unity and Hope: a stained glass window of reds, blues, and golds, with a
candle flickering in the center. The Year of Unity and Hope also sponsored a Book
of Days similar to the one published during the Year of Religion in 1996–1997. Stu-
dents, faculty, and staff contributed their thoughts and stories on the year’s theme
for publication online.
Melissa Poe and Jill Bader began a project called Helping Hands in late October.
They asked a supplier to sell them gloves at a discount, and students at Sherwood
and Jefferson Elementary Schools decorated more than five hundred pairs bearing
messages of thanks and encouragement that were then sent to the clean-up crews still
working around the clock in the rubble of the World Trade Center.
In the spring, Doug Waller (’71), congressional correspondent for Time maga-
zine, spoke about his experiences as a journalist during times of crisis, including his
contributions to Time’s coverage of the September attacks. At another spring event,
Joe Stork of Human Rights Watch spoke on “Terrorism, War, and the Middle East:
The Human Rights Dimension.”
Sam Gladding
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