Advisory: Media invited to outdoor ‘agora’ for students, senior administrators

A campus-wide “agora,” the official kick-off event for Wake Forest University’s celebration of the 2003-2004 theme “Fostering Dialogue: Civil Discourse in an Academic Community,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday on the university’s Magnolia Court.

The Greek agora was a marketplace where people met to discuss their daily lives, to talk about culture and politics of the day, and to exchange ideas. In that spirit, members of the Wake Forest community will come together in an outdoor setting to listen to senior university administrators and students discuss the ways that dialogue occurs on campus.

Four top-level university administrators will spend Sept. 17 shadowing students, accompanying them to classes, eating with them and hanging out in traditional student haunts like the Pit, University Plaza (Quad), the Miller Athletic Center and Benson University Center.

Thursday’s agora will provide a chance for those students and administrators to share the experiences of the previous day with the rest of the student body. In addition, the senior administrators will field questions from the student body at-large about campus dialogue and civil discourse.

Refreshments will be served, and students are encouraged to bring their lunch to Magnolia Court for the two-hour event. In the event of rain, the agora will be moved to Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center.

Media are invited, but the event is not open to the public. For more information or to arrange coverage of the event, contact Jacob McConnico at or 336-758-5237.

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