Stories this week at WFU

FILM COMES TO WFU ON ITS WAY TO HBO— Director Raoul Peck will speak before a screening of his film, “Lumumba,” at Wake Forest Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. The film is about Patrice Lumumba who became the Congo’s first prime minister in 1960. His efforts to create a Pan-African union of states led by the Congo drew sharp criticism from other nations and led to his murder in 1961. Lumumba is still celebrated throughout Africa as a folk hero. This film and a companion documentary will be shown on HBO in February, as part of that channel’s celebration of Black History Month. To arrange an interview with Peck, the director of the film, contact Vanessa Willis at or 336-758-5237.

CHRISTIAN SONGWRITER SAYS BEING HONEST IS HARD— Christian folk singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson says being honest when everyone is watching and listening can be hard. “I made a conscious effort to say what was really on my heart and not just what I felt like people wanted me to say,” Peterson says of his newest album, “Clear to Venus.” The album has received critical acclaim from both mainstream and Christian media, and debuted on the Billboard Magazine Internet sales chart above Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting and Backstreet Boys. “People aren’t going to listen to me because I have a virtuoso voice or because I’m a standout guitarist,” he said in a Dallas Morning News interview. “If people like my music, it’s because of something I said.” Peterson will perform in Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. To arrange an advance interview with Peterson, contact Sarah Smith at or 336-758-5237.

IS OUR RETALIATION ON TERRORISM HUMANE? — Joe Stork, Washington director for the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, will speak at Wake Forest Feb. 5. He will present “Terrorism, War, and the Middle East: The Human Rights Dimension.” In his presentation, Stork will talk about how human rights abuses have contributed to the present crisis and how human rights have suffered in the Middle East since the Sept. 11 attacks. He will also discuss the need to confront those responsible for the attacks in a way that upholds the key principles of international human rights and humanitarian law. The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. Human Rights Watch is an independent human rights monitoring organization based in New York and Washington, D.C. The event is part of the student-initiated Year of Unity and Hope: Pro Humanitate at Work. To arrange an interview with Stork, contact Vanessa Willis at or 336-758-5237.

$10,000 UP FOR GRABS AT MBA MARKETING COMPETITION— Students from eight top MBA schools, including Harvard, Columbia, Cal-Berkeley and Wake Forest, will compete next weekend in the 12th annual Babcock MBA Marketing Case Competition at Wake Forest’s Babcock Graduate School of Management. Students have 36 hours to develop a marketing plan involving a global business issue for the sponsoring company. The names of the company and the high-profile judges and the topic of the case remain secret to the competitors until the competition begins on Jan. 31. The winning team receives $5,000, with $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third. For more information, contact Eric Whittington at or 336-758-5030.

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