Stories this week at Wake Forest University

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES WITH DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN— Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver Wake Forest’s convocation address Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. in Wait Chapel. Several university awards will be presented at the beginning of the ceremony. Reserved media seating will be in the right front row of the chapel. Photographers may set up along the back or sides of the chapel, on the balcony stairs. At 12 p.m., the media are invited to a brief press conference with Goodwin in Benson University Center, Room 407. At 2 p.m., she will sign copies of her books at the College Book Store. At 3 p.m., Goodwin will have a question and answer session with students and faculty in the Ring Theatre inside Scales Fine Arts Center. Some media parking will be available on Davis Field, in front of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. To arrange coverage of these events, contact Sarah Smith at or 336-758-5237.

ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST SUCCESSFUL SIT-IN— Wake Forest, Winston-Salem State University and the city of Winston-Salem will commemorate the 42nd anniversary of one of North Carolina’s first successful sit-ins with a re-dedication of a downtown historical marker on Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Thomas K. Hearn Jr., president of Wake Forest; Harold R. Martin Sr., chancellor of Winston-Salem State; and Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines will speak at the program. Three of the original demonstrators will also be at the event. The 1960 Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in by students from both universities led to a desegregation agreement among local merchants in Winston-Salem. To arrange coverage of the event or an advance interview with one of the original demonstrators, contact Sarah Smith at or 336-758-5237.

JOURNALISM DURING TIMES OF CRISIS— Doug Waller, congressional correspondent for Time magazine, will speak about his experiences as a journalist during times of crisis on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. on Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. Waller, a Wake Forest graduate, will also talk about his contributions to Time’s coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks on America. From 1988-1994, he was a defense and foreign policy correspondent for Newsweek where he covered military conflicts in Somalia and Haiti, and the Gulf War. Waller’s books include “BIG RED: Three Months On Board A Trident Nuclear Submarine,” published in 2001. To arrange coverage of the event or an interview with Waller, contact Vanessa Willis at or 336-758-5237.

FILM, LECTURE SHOW THE OTHER SIDE OF TERRORISM— “The Terrorist,” a film inspired by the events surrounding the assassination of Indian prime minister Rajiv Ghandi in 1999, will be shown at Wake Forest Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Greene Hall, Room 145. The movie is about a young revolutionary who is chosen to detonate a bomb during the assassination. Once she is in position, however, she begins to have second thoughts and becomes caught in a psychological dilemma. Prior to the screening of the 95-minute film, Helga Welsh, associate professor of political science, will speak about how it shows some underlying causes of terrorism. The event is part of the university’s Year of Unity and Hope. To arrange an interview with Welsh or attend the screening, contact Vanessa Willis, at or 336-758-5237.

CONCERT TO TRACE HISTORY OF BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICA— From Negro spirituals to modern jazz and gospel, a Feb. 28 concert at Wake Forest will trace the history of black music in America. “A Celebration of African-American History Through Music” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The concert will feature Winston-Salem jazz vocalist Chris Murrell and renowned gospel artist and historian Cynthia Wilson-Hollins of Atlanta. Both will speak about the history of black music between performances. Wake Forest a capella groups and the Winston-Salem State gospel choir also will perform. To arrange an interview with Murrell or Wilson-Hollins, contact Vanessa Willis at or 336-758-5237.

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