Humanities Archive


Art history detectives

December 15, 2014  |   Arts & Culture, Faculty, Humanities, Mentoring, Research, Student, Top Stories

History professor Michele Gillespie usually includes class visits to view art in Winston-Salem. This semester, she expanded the idea to benefit both the students in her Women and Gender in Early America course and the local museums.


WFU President joins Academy of Arts and Sciences

October 13, 2014  |   Humanities, Top Stories, University Announcement

Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research.


Arts and humanities at Wake Forest

July 7, 2014  |   Admissions, Arts & Culture, For Alumni, For Parents, Humanities, Humanities Highlights 2013-2014, Top Stories

Arts and humanities offer opportunities to learn about life through a variety of lenses. A new interdisciplinary program and a class where theatre students help train counseling students are just two examples of how Wake Forest combines imagination and insight.


Melissa Harris-Perry to join faculty

April 11, 2014  |   Alumni, Campus Life, Community, Faculty, For Alumni, For Parents, Humanities, Humanities Highlights 2013-2014, International, National, Online, Pro Humanitate, Recognition, Scholars and Scientists, Teacher-Scholar, Top Stories, Valuing Diversity, Working Together

MSNBC television host, political thought leader and Wake Forest University alumna Melissa Harris-Perry (‘94) will return this summer to her alma mater as a chaired professor.


Painting robot lends surgeons a hand

February 3, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Arts & Culture, Humanities, Mentoring, National, Online, Pro Humanitate, Research, Scholars and Scientists, Student, Students Taking the Lead, Teacher-Scholar, Top Stories, Valuing Diversity

Would you let an artist perform life-saving surgery on you? You might someday, if the artist is a painting robot. Timothy Lee (’16) built a robotic painting arm that could one day lend doctors a hand in practicing complex, robot-assisted surgeries without having to step foot in an operating room.


Student Storytellers: Saturdays with math and jicama

December 19, 2013  |   Alumni, Campus Life, Community, Humanities, Life on Campus, Mentoring, Pro Humanitate, Research, Student, Students Taking the Lead, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Erin Hellmann (’14) and Logan Healy-Tuke (’14) founded The Ashley Explorers Saturday Academy to strengthen the reading and math skills of elementary students in Winston-Salem.


Life in prehistoric rural communities

December 2, 2013  |   Faculty, Humanities, Humanities Highlights 2013-2014, Mentoring, Research, Student, Top Stories

Carrying shovels, screens and other equipment, 12 students trekked across a tobacco field along the Yadkin River to reach an archaeological site where they began finding artifacts more than 500 years old.


Still life vs. real life

November 13, 2013  |   Arts & Culture, For Alumni, For Parents, Humanities, Humanities Highlights 2013-2014, Top Stories, Wake Forest College

Biology professor Kathy Kron and the 11 students enrolled in Biology 105: Plants & People met at Reynolda House Museum of American Art to learn firsthand how biology is incorporated in the current exhibition, “Things Wondrous and Humble: American Still Life.”


When writing goes to war

November 11, 2013  |   Humanities, Humanities Highlights 2013-2014, Student, Teacher-Scholar, Top Stories, Wake Forest College

English professor Sharon Raynor’s students sift through acid-free folders looking at letters that soldiers sent home during the Civil War and World War I and II. Pulling out folders. Reading the words. It’s an experience unlike looking at a digitized copy.


Character study stands out

November 5, 2013  |   Events, Faculty, For Alumni, For Parents, Humanities, Humanities Highlights 2013-2014, Research, Top Stories

From discovering how text messages can help build empathy to figuring out how character and personality affect ethical behavior on the job, the Character Project has led to remarkable advances in the study of human nature, values, morals and decision-making. The next step? Sharing what scholars have learned about character with the public.

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