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2012 Highlights: Humanities

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Virtue and vice

To better understand virtue and vice and how to define good character, The Character Project at Wake Forest has granted nearly $1 million in research funding to theologians and philosophers from around the world.

Junior business major Cynthia Huang performs "For Cage" — a dance she researched and choreographed with dance professor Christina Soriano —  to help celebrate the launch of IPLACe.

Performance meets liberal arts at IPLACe

The new Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe) will inspire new ideas and build new connections between the performing arts and other academic departments across the University.

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Connecting food and faith

The School of Divinity’s innovative Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative will prepare religious leaders to guide congregations and religious communities in addressing food issues such as hunger, obesity and food justice.

Dean Franco's students use literature to imagine new ways of living in the world.

See the world through another’s eyes

Dean Franco uses literature to help his students change the way they see the world. In his new book, “Race, Rights and Recognition,” he explores how great writers can alter the way we understand the social and racial challenges of modern Jewishness.

Samantha Yaussey talks about her anthropology research into the early people of North Carolina.

URECA: supporting undergraduate research

Undergraduate research has been a cornerstone of Wake Forest’s commitment to academic excellence. Now the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) Center provides student grants and administrative support for mentored, undergraduate research and encourages high-quality programs of great impact.

Ally Landuyt

Advertising the liberal arts

How is senior Ally Landuyt distinguishing herself from other job candidates in advertising? By strategically marketing her liberal arts education to potential employers, she believes the intersection of her double major in economics and anthropology is truly an advantage.

Novelist Laura Elliott talks with students at Northwest Middle School about her WWII books, her research and her personal history.

Inspiring young writers

Silk maps, B-24 bombers and avoiding anachronisms were the hot topics during Laura Elliott’s visit to Northwest Middle School in Winston-Salem. Elliott, a 1979 Wake Forest graduate who writes young adult historical novels, mixed WWII history with writing advice in conversations with 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders as part of Words Awake! A Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing on campus March 23-25.

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Where are you from?

“We all have our own stories to tell whether we’ve been U.S. citizens for our whole lives or we just moved here,” said professor Alessandra Beasley Von Burg. She is leading a project that asks one burning question: Where are you from?

Junior Drew Thies reads in Wake Forest's Worrell House in London.

Beauty has a dark side

Professor Eric Wilson’s latest book, “Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck,” is receiving national attention for his poignant portrayal of people’s inherent fascination with morbid curiosities. From rubbernecking on the highway to watching a horror film, Wilson believes there’s something nourishing in the darkness.