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International Scholars
following have received funding to host an international scholar
or conference on campus in 2016:
Harnois (Sociology) will host Dr. João Luiz Dornelles Bastos
from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil during
Spring 2016.
Judy (Romance Languages) will host Dr. Jason Rothman from
the University of Reading in England during Spring 2016.
Lee (Politics and International Affairs) will host an interna-
tional conference on "Tiawan in the Realm of East Asia: Domestic and
International Dimensions of Taiwanese Politics, 2008-2016" during
Global Affairs
and GPS
News from the School of Divinity
School receives grant to fund five full-tuition scholarships | The School of Divinity has received a $300,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and
Leona B. Carpenter Foundation that will fund five full-tuition plus stipend merit scholarships for students. The grant enhances the
school’s dedication to creating an environment centered on the well-being of students in all aspects of their lives and ministry. One of the
key commitments in this endeavor is student financial aid and reducing student indebtedness. “Carpenter Fellows will be able to emerge
from our program with little to no financial burden,” said Gail. R. O’Day, Dean of the School of Divinity. “They will have maximum flexibil-
ity in selecting a ministry that is aligned with their passions, talents and commitment to community.”
Laudato Si' panel event huge success; two more planned for the winter | On Tuesday, October 6 in front of an audience of nearly 200,
three Wake Forest University professors a theologian, journalist, and biologist gathered to engage in a panel discussion on Laudato
Si’ (Praise Be), the latest encyclical published by Pope Francis, and its call for a holistic approach to climate change. The panel was con-
vened by the School of Divinity’s Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative in partnership with the University’s Center for Energy,
Environment and Sustainability (CEES) and The Humanities Institute. An encyclical is a papal document that is produced by the Pope and
sent out to all bishops of the Roman Catholic Church. While it is an official document sent to the bishops it is addressed to everyone and
can be accessed online. Pope Francis’ encyclical deals with the issue of “our common home” and how people are to live in communion
with the Earth rather than just using it for its resources. Each panelist was invited to give a 10-minute presentation on the takeaways,
related to their specific discipline, from the encyclical.
The School of Divinity will host two additional panels to discuss this important document and global issue:
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., UNC Asheville
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., Charlotte NC (location to be announced)
School receives grant from Wabash Center for faculty development | The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and
Religion awarded a grant for $5,000 to the School of Divinity to support learner-centered teaching among its faculty. Learner-centered
teaching transforms the role of the teacher to more of a facilitator who equips students to use content instead of simply covering con-
tent. Faculty and academic staff will read, study, and converse on Maryellen Weimer's "Learner-Centered Teaching" (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
and then develop a portion of their spring course that will use a learner-centered pedagogy. For example, in her class this fall, "Interfaith
in Winston-Salem," Professor Michelle Voss Roberts presented students the problem of Islamophobia in North Carolina and charged
them to create an event that addresses the issue. Students are building the event from the ground up - schedule, speakers, venue - draw-
ing on their own gifts and skills, and their readings and conversations in the course.
School joins inaugural network of theological schools with the Forum for Theological Exploration | The School of Divinity has been
named to the first cohort of the Fund for Theological Exploration (FTE) Institutional Network. The School of Divinity was chosen given its
leadership in supporting students of color who want to pursue graduate education and alumni who are engaging in PhD work and job
searches. Additionally, the school's community ethos values diverse faculty voices in creating an effective theological school. Over time,
the network will work together to create and foster institutional conditions where students and scholars of color can thrive.
in hosting a student at your Thanksgiving?
Hello, and happy fall! The Center for Global Programs &
Studies is currently seeking volunteers to host Wake
Forest international students to join in their Thanksgiv-
ing meals. Many of our students are not able to be with
family during this short break and are eager to experi-
ence this uniquely U.S. holiday. This year, we have a
record number of twenty international students hoping
to share a Thanksgiving
Interested in hosting
one student or a group
of students? Kindly be in
touch with
Le'Ron Byrd
by Monday,
November 23 for more
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