Stories this week at Wake Forest


Across the country, school systems are increasingly adding character education programs into their curriculums. While many educators say the programs are invaluable, the effort to teach children about moral behavior in the public school setting has some families up in arms. Some parents are challenging their school systems’ new programs, saying they rob them of the chance to instill their own values in their children. Arthur Schwartz, the nation’s foremost expert on the effectiveness of character education, will discuss the trend at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. Schwartz, currently with the John Templeton Foundation, previously taught at Harvard University. The event is free and open to the public.


Wake Forest will host a Chinese New Year celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 in the theater lobby of Scales Fine Arts Center. The program will feature demonstrations and hands-on activities highlighting various aspects of Chinese culture, including calligraphy, face painting, paper folding, tea tasting and acupuncture. Participants will also be able to find their Chinese zodiac signs. The traditional celebratory lion dance and martial arts demonstrations are scheduled throughout the afternoon. The event is free and open to the public.


The first Triad Tangofest will celebrate the passion, drama and excitement of Argentine tango dance and music Feb. 2-5. Organized by Wake Forest Assistant Professor of Music Jacqui Carrasco, the Tangofest will include performances by the New York Tango Trio and by faculty from Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. On Feb. 3, Triad residents can learn a few tango steps at a dance workshop offered at Wake Forest’s Brendle Recital Hall by dancers from Baila Tango in Durham. The workshop runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The cost for non-Wake Forest students is $20. At 8 p.m., “A Night in Buenos Aires-A Milonga” will begin at the Vintage Theatre at 7 Vintage Ave. in Winston-Salem. A “milonga” is a special Argentine evening of social dancing. Music will be provided by the New York Tango Trio and violinist Jacqui Carrasco. A free group beginner’s lesson will be offered at 7 p.m. The musicians and dancers will rehearse from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. For a complete schedule of events, call the News Service.


Nationally acclaimed author and legal scholar Mary Ann Glendon will give the Founders’ Day Convocation address at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8 in Wait Chapel. Titled, “One Nation: Two Cultures,” her talk will address human rights in the United States and abroad. The event is free and open to the public. Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and has written more than a dozen books about American society. Also on Feb. 8, at 3 p.m., Glendon will participate in a moderated public discussion in Pugh Auditorium.

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