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University holds Commemoration of the Enslaved

April 27, 2022  |   Community, Community in Progress, Events, For Alumni, For Parents, Top Stories

Members of the Wake Forest community gathered at the steps of Wait Chapel this afternoon to commemorate the enslaved individuals who worked for or were sold to benefit the institution that would become Wake Forest University. 


Garden Party celebrates the birthday of Maya Angelou

March 31, 2022  |   Community, Community in Progress, Events, For Alumni, For Parents, Top Stories

Wake Forest University is hosting the annual Maya Angelou Garden Party this Sunday, April 3, from 2-4 p.m. in Bailey Park in Innovation Quarter. The event celebrates Angelou’s April 4 birthday, is always held on the Sunday closest to it and is free and open to the public.


Virtual event to highlight local historical figures of color

March 22, 2022  |   Community in Progress, Events, For Alumni, For Parents

Last year, as part of IdeasCityWS, The Winston-Salem Monuments Project showcased augmented reality monuments to local figures of historical significance during the October festival that featured live music, panel discussions and interactive exhibits from two dozen local creative organizations representing progressive contributions in art, technology, design and culture. Today that work is being advanced through MONUMENTAL: Technology, Social Studies and Shaping Public Memory, which is re-engaging the creative work accomplished by Movers & Shakers, Wake Forest and local artists to explore ways in which technology is used to make diverse, historical narratives more accessible and inclusive.


WFU, Guilford College co-hosting Universities Studying Slavery Symposium

March 21, 2022  |   Community in Progress, Events, For Alumni, For Parents, Top Stories

Wake Forest University and Guilford College are co-hosting the spring Universities Studying Slavery (USS) Conference, expected to bring scholars from throughout the country to the Triad. The four-day conference, titled “Pandemics, Protests and the Legacies of Slavery,” runs from Wednesday, March 30, to Saturday, April 2.


U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo coming to Wake Forest Jan. 25-27

January 20, 2022  |   Arts & Culture, Campus Life, Community in Progress, Speakers, Top Stories

Joy Harjo, who in 2019 made history by becoming the first Native American to be named U.S. Poet Laureate, is coming to Wake Forest University Jan. 25-27.

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Eviction is about more than losing a home

September 14, 2021  |   Community in Progress, Events, Faculty, Top Stories

A Q&A with cultural anthropology professor Sherri Lawson Clark, whose research focuses on the point where housing and health and welfare policies meet.


New African American Studies program underway

August 30, 2021  |   Community in Progress, Faculty, Student, Top Stories

Wake Forest University has been working to establish an African American Studies program for a few years. Last week’s launch of the program is timely given the country is experiencing increased racial tensions, states are passing stricter voting laws and virtually everybody is uttering the term “woke.”


Wake Forest’s Freedom School enriching children’s summer – and lives

July 13, 2021  |   Campus Life, Community, Community in Progress, Top Stories

Jackson Gibson is among 65 Winston-Salem kids attending the free, six-week, literacy-based summer program for rising third through eighth-graders. By using a culturally diverse curriculum, Wake Forest University’s Freedom School encourages a love of reading and learning.


Wake Forest University addresses its antebellum history

May 7, 2021  |   Community in Progress, Top Stories, University Announcement

In a message to the Wake Forest University community, President Nathan O. Hatch announced steps the University is taking to address its antebellum history and affirm the humanity of all individuals.


Wake Forest to establish Maya Angelou Artist-in-Residence Award

April 14, 2021  |   Admissions, Community in Progress, Recognition, Top Stories

To recognize the poet, actress, author, singer, teacher, and civil rights activist who has inspired people worldwide and taught generations of Wake Forest students, the University will establish the Maya Angelou Artist-in-Residence Award.

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