Stories this week at Wake Forest

Rabbi Kicks Off Year of Religion

Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” answers the question, “What’s the Point of Being Religious?” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in Brendle Recital Hall. The lecture marks the start of Wake Forest University’s 1997-98 Year of Religion in American Life. Immediately afterward, Kushner and Bill J. Leonard, dean of the Wake Forest University Divinity School and chair of the Year of Religion committee, will be available for brief interviews. Contact Wayne Thompson in the News Bureau for details.

Get Religion on the Web

The World Wide Web has got religion, thanks to Wake Forest’s new Year of Religion Web site. The site is designed to provide the most updated information about the year and its events, programs and speakers.

Pakistan Turns 50

“Pakistan at 50,” a conference at Wake Forest University, marks the country’s 50th anniversary as a nation. Hosted by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies based at Wake Forest, the conference includes some public events. Sitar player Brian Silver and tabla player Tari Kahn will give a free concert at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in Scales Fine Arts Center’s Ring Theatre. On Saturday, Aug. 30, the documentary, “Dare to Dream: The Making of the Film ‘Jinnah,'” will be shown from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum followed by a discussion led by Akbar Ahmed, Cambridge professor and screenwriter of ‘Jinnah.’ Charles Kennedy, Wake Forest professor of politics and coordinator of the conference, can comment on Pakistan.

Student Ambassadors Help Peers from Overseas

Student ambassadors at Wake Forest will help international students adjust to college life in the United States. Twenty-two Wake Forest students will volunteer as ambassadors to an overseas classmate this year. It’s just a general desire to help an international student feel comfortable on this campus and in this city, said Judith Shannon, who coordinates the program for the international studies department. Most of the ambassadors have studied overseas themselves. Because of their own experience of living and confronting differences large and small, the student ambassadors understand the importance of having someone to help sort that through.

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