Project Pumpkin, an annual event sponsored by the Wake Forest University Volunteer Service Corps, will bring more than 1,200 disadvantaged children to campus for an afternoon of Halloween fun today from 3-6 p.m. Costumed student volunteers will escort each child through residence halls for trick-or-treating. Student organizations will sponsor carnival booths, face-painting, step shows, haunted houses and other entertainment.
Yehezkel Landau, a leading Israeli peace activist frequently quoted in the international press on Middle East issues, will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Wingate Hall, Room 314 on “Sharing Jerusalem: Challenges for Israelis, Palestinians and Americans.” The free, public lecture is sponsored by Wake Forest’s religion department and is part of the university’s 1997-98 Year of Religion in American Life. Landau is the founder and director of Open House, a Jerusalem-based organization designed to foster Arab-Israeli reconciliation.
The public is invited to a multicultural symposium titled “Identities in Question: German, European, American” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8, at the Benson University Center, Room 401. The symposium will include experts in politics, literature, cultural studies and a variety of other fields. Event highlights will include keynote speaker Cem Oezdemir, the first German Federal Parliament member of Turkish descent. The event is sponsored by Wake Forest and the German Academic Exchange Service. For more information call 910-758-5557.
The Rev. Claudia Ann Highbaugh, chaplain and associate director of ministerial studies at Harvard Divinity School, will draw on several contemporary writings about slavery to illustrate the power of story and myth in providing a foundation for building the futures of African-American children. Her free lecture “The Stories of Our Lives” is at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102. Highbaugh will also present, “Our Journey of Faith: The Power of Prayer,” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the third-floor rotunda of Wake Forest’s Benson University Center.
A carnival will be held in front of Wait Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 1, as part of the university’s homecoming activities. From 9:30-11:30 a.m., the event will feature jugglers, clowns, and Wake Forest’s cheerleaders and marching band.
Jeffrey K. Hadden, a prominent sociologist best known for his research on religious broadcasters and the Christian Right, will speak at Wake Forest University Monday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m in DeTamble Auditorium. Hadden, a sociology professor at the University of Virginia, has written several books, including ” The Gathering Storm in the Churches, “Prime Time Preachers,” and “The Handbook of Cults and Sects in America . His talk, “The Late, Great Theory of Secularization Revisited,” is sponsored by the sociology department’s Clarence and Adele Patrick Lectureship Fund and is a Year of Religion in American Life event. For information, call 758-5495.
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