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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.


Cornel West, renowned philosopher, social activist, author and scholar coming to Wake Forest

November 2, 2021  |   Events, Speakers, Top Stories

Cornel West, renowned philosopher, social activist, author and scholar, will speak at Wake Forest University on Nov. 4 and 5.


Conference to look at character through a professional lens

March 1, 2021  |   Events, Speakers, Top Stories

Leading scholars will join physicians, attorneys, religious leaders, government leaders, engineers, educators, business executives and other professionals to explore the role of character in the professions at a three-day virtual conference.


Biden gave WFU commencement address in 2009

January 20, 2021  |   Commencement, Speakers, Top Stories

Twelve years ago, Joe Biden was the first sitting Vice President to give Wake Forest University’s commencement address. Biden spoke to the class of 2009 on May 18 on Hearn Plaza.


WFU to launch Face to Face Speaker Forum

March 3, 2020  |   Speakers, Top Stories, University Announcement

This fall, Wake Forest University will launch a signature speaker series called the Face to Face Speaker Forum. This community-facing series will bring world-renowned, influential voices to Winston-Salem to discuss topics in a variety of areas including politics, arts and culture, business and social justice.


Building momentum, sustaining commitment: Checking in with the Slavery, Race and Memory Project

February 13, 2020  |   Community in Progress, Events, Speakers, Top Stories

What can we learn from the past? Wake Forest University legal scholar and Associate Provost Kami Chavis explains, “If you want to have a transformative institutional change, you have to begin examining the past and the root causes of underlying issues to know what you need to do in the future.” Chavis is also co-chair of the Steering Committee of Wake Forest’s Slavery, Race and Memory Project.


Wake Forest, Winston-Salem State collaborate on 20th MLK event

January 21, 2020  |   Community in Progress, Events, Recognition, Speakers, Top Stories

Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of history and international relations and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, delivered the Martin Luther King Jr. keynote address inside Wait Chapel on Jan. 20.


Wake Forest hosts bipartisan conversation featuring Senators Burr and Warner

November 13, 2019  |   Events, Speakers, Top Stories

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) offered a rare behind-the-scenes look at how the work gets done on Capitol Hill. The two engaged in a conversation at Wake Forest moderated by Kami Chavis, Professor of Law and director of the University’s Criminal Justice Program.


Senators Burr and Warner to share the stage at Wake Forest

November 4, 2019  |   Alumni, Events, Speakers, Top Stories

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) will have a conversation at Wake Forest University on Monday, Nov. 11, in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium at 7 p.m.


Journalist and public radio personality Sarah Koenig to visit WFU

October 23, 2019  |   Events, Speakers, Top Stories

Sarah Koenig, host and co-creator of the Peabody Award-winning podcast “Serial,” will share insights into audio journalism with WFDD reporter Bethany Chafin on Monday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

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