Today, weaver Rosalina Santiz Diaz from Chiapas, Mexico, will demonstrate traditional and contemporary Maya weaving and answer questions about the craft from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum of Anthropology. Maya women have been weaving since Pre-Columbian times, creating intricate symbols on clothing and other garments that express their ancient history and culture. Over the centuries, their traditional dress has evolved as a result of contact with other cultures. Yolanda Castro, coordinator of the civil rights organization K’inal Anzetik, will discuss the cooperative movement in Chiapas and the current political situation while Diaz weaves. At 7 p.m. in Winston Hall, Room C, the film, “A Place Called Chiapas,” will be shown followed by a discussion. The events are part of the ‘Images of the Maya’ exhibit on loan at the museum until June 9. All events are free. For more information call the museum at 336-758-5282.
Holmes Rolston, a professor at Colorado State University, will discuss “Science and Religion: God and Genes” today at 4:30 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium. The event is co-sponsored by the philosophy department and the Science and Technology theme year.
To celebrate the upcoming Earth Day, Adam Werbach, past president of the Sierra Club, will speak at Wake Forest tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401. Elected president of the national environmental organization when he was only 23 years old, Werbach will discuss “A New Brand of Activism.” Werbach is the author of the book, “Act Now, Apologize Later,” which encourages young people to become environmental activists. To arrange an interview Werbach, call 336-758-5237.
Easter, considered by many the holiest time of the year, is associated with numerous religious symbols including the cross and Easter lilies. “The empty cross in most Protestant churches is a potent reminder of a dearly held belief — that Jesus Christ doesn’t hang there anymore; he is risen, resurrected to new life,” said Bill Leonard, dean of Wake Forest’s Divinity School. Easter lilies are sometimes called the “white-robed apostles of hope,” because they were reportedly found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s crucifixion. “You often see Easter lilies massed around altars and crosses, a symbol of Christ’s love and a nod to the legend that the flowers grow in the spots where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow,” Leonard said. To interview Leonard, call the News Service at 336-758-5237.
Love Easter eggs but concerned they contain too much cholesterol for your diet? Unscramble the confusion! According to Peter Brubaker, program director of Wake Forest’s cardiac rehabilitation program and associate professor of health and exercise science, eggs can fit into a healthy, well-balanced eating plan. “An egg is one of nature’s most nutritious creations. Eggs are protein-rich, low in sodium, and contain vitamins and minerals – making eggs a part of a heart-healthy diet. Brubaker added that moderation is the answer. “The egg yolk contains all of the fat, and the whites are fat free. You can easily add the whites to salads, sandwiches or eat them plain.” To interview Brubaker, call 336-758-5395.
Wake Forest’s cardiac rehabilitation program, the first such program in North Carolina and one of the first in the nation, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in May. The program, which has helped more than 3,000 people since its beginning, serves people who have survived heart attacks, heart surgery or other heart problems. Focused on lifestyle behaviors, the program uses innovative treatments and provides state-of-the-art personalized care to participants. Specific issues addressed include physical activity, nutritional habits, weight management, quality of life and smoking behavior. As part of the celebration, Dr. Barry Franklin, exercise physiologist and president of the American College of Sports Medicine, will present the lecture, “The ABCDEs of Cardiac Rehabilitation,” on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. Dr. Henry S. Miller Jr., medical director for the program, will also be recognized for his contributions to the program. For more information, call 336-758-5395.
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