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Updates from the
Office of Research and
Pro Humanitate Insti-
tute continues support
for engaged teaching
News from the Division
of Campus Life
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S P E C I A L D A T E S O F
I N T ER E S T :
October 9: Sweet Honey in
the Rock presented by the
Secrest Artists Series | 7:30
PM | Wait Chapel
October 16: Campus Con-
nections | 8:45 - 10:00 AM
| Benson 401
November 4: Make Every
Bite Count keynote —
Vandana Shiva | 7:00-9:00
PM | Wait Chapel
November 13: Faculty/Staff
Social | 4:00-5:30 PM |
November 21: North Caroli-
na Diversity & Inclusion
Partners (NCDIP) Fall 2014
Conference | 9:00 AM—
4:30 PM | Benson 401
Message from the Provost...
Happy new academic year to all! Four weeks ago we welcomed a record number of students,
across all Wake Forest schools. As our newcomers settled in, we also honored the
of Ed Wilson’s first day on the Old Campus: it was on September 1, 1939, as German tanks blitzed
into Poland, that the future “Mr. Wake Forest” began his magnificent career here.
We are actively seeking new position-holders as well, with searches for the College, Law, and ZSR
Library deans all underway, as is our search for a chief information officer. As featured on Inside
WFU and other sources, we recently welcomed Charles Iacovou as dean of the Business School, as
well as a new dean of students, well-being director (funded by BCBS-NC) and Title IX coordinator.
All these recent searches have attracted a gratifying level of experienced talent, often from those in
similar positions at other highly-ranked colleges/universities.
Amid this season of transition, we continue to emphasize a source of vital continuity as well as es-
sential agents of change: our faculty. The ‘Wake Will’ capital campaign is focused in important part
on faculty support and academic programs this year (details differ by school, but the theme is con-
stant). My office is expanding funds and other support for a more robust program of faculty devel-
opment, again with nuances across our schools.
I continue to enjoy greatly the fruits of Wake Forest faculty’s creative work and scholarship. Paul
Escott’s Lincoln’s Dilemma, just out from Virginia, is a masterful and poignant study of slavery and
racism in Lincoln’s views, as well as those of Americans more generally, during the Civil War and
subsequent years. Brilliantly dissecting related themes—especially the juxtaposition of grand proc-
lamations of our “color-blind” society with searing evidence of racial bias—in the contemporary
U.S. is Gregory Parks’s co-authored study The Wrongs of the Right, published last month by NYU.
Visitors to my office, especially during the summer, were regularly greeted by the gorgeous strains
of Dan Locklair’s latest CD, Tapestries, featuring a rich array of choral compositions. Our Mainstage
in Scales ushered in the year in high style with Cindy Gendrich’s direction of These Shining Lives, a
heart-rending staging of the true story about 1930s-40s Chicago-area women who painted radium
dials on watches and clocks. And my understanding of masculinity and fatherhood has been greatly
enhanced by reading Melissa Jenkins’s definitive study of those themes in British reading culture
during the Victorian era.
My admiration and gratitude to these and so many other faculty colleagues whose research and
creative imaginings continue to inform our minds and invigorate our lives.