Stories this week at Wake Forest

The Media and America’s Search for its Soul

From Waco to Hollywood portrayals of priests, a panel of three nationally known journalists will examine how Americans view matters of faith and morality through the filter of the media. The public program begins at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, in Carswell Hall, Room 111. Scott Libin from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies will moderate a town hall-style discussion on media coverage of religion. The panelists are: Bob Abernethy, former NBC News reporter; Sharon Green, senior cultural affairs editor for National Public Radio; and Cecile Holmes, editor of the award-winning religion section of the Houston Chronicle. The interactive format will include video, audio and print examples of stories on religion topics to generate discussion. The public is invited. The event is part of Wake Forest’s 1997-98 Year of Religion in American Life. Click here to read a story online about the program.

Professor Offers Insights on Clinton’s Image Strategies

The accusations continue to fly regarding the president and Monica Lewinsky, says communications professor John Llewellyn, but the president is maintaining his legitimacy as a leader. “Clinton understands the appearance of power. He knows what it is and how to use it.” An expert in political communication, Llewellyn can analyze the effectiveness of White House strategies to control the effect of the current scandal.

Spinning Toward Heaven

With one palm upturned toward the heavens to receive the divine blessing and the other turned down to give it, the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey spin around and around, the hems of their garments spinning as they turn. The Sema Ceremony of the Whirling Dervishes will be held at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in Brendle Recital Hall. This meditation in movement is performed by six whirlers accompanied on traditional instruments including ney (reed flute), tanbur (long-necked lute) and bandir (frame drum). The Islamic group, invited to campus as part of the Year of Religion in American Life, will also present music, movements and remarks at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in Brendle Recital Hall.

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