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Media report for Jan. 4-10, 2020

January 15, 2020   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Jan. 4-10, 2020 is now available online.

Wake Forest University confronts slavery past through new project

January 6, 2020   |  Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Over the past three years, Wake Forest has focused on uncovering their connection and history with slavery through several ambitious initiatives. In addition to joining the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium, Wake Forest launched the Slavery, Race and Memory project last spring. The project consists of a lecture series and offers professors course enhancement grants. “The point of the project is to explore our university’s connections with slavery, and how it impacted the university, and how it impacts the university today,” said Kami Chavis, associate provost for academic initiatives and co-chair of the Slavery, Race and Memory project Steering Committee.

Phillips curve still explains eurozone inflation movements – research

January 8, 2020   |  Yahoo! Finance

The Phillips curve remains a valid model to explain the evolution of inflation in the eurozone, says research published by the European Central Bank. Economists Laurence Ball at Johns Hopkins University and Sandeep Mazumder at Wake Forest in the US claim inflation behavior in Europe “is not as puzzling or complex as recent discussions suggest”. In fact, “a simple Phillips curve captures most of the movements in inflation over the 20 years that the euro has existed.”

All year long: At 250, Beethoven's not too old to Rock Winston-Salem

January 9, 2020   |  Winston-Salem Journal

Over the coming year, at least 32 arts organizations will present 50 events in Beethoven Rocks Winston-Salem, part of a worldwide effort — led by the city of Bonn, Germany — to recognize the contributions of Beethoven to music and art. Everybody knows the scowl but few are aware of Beethoven’s sweetness, said David Levy, a world-renowned expert and music professor at Wake Forest. “In his Ninth Symphony, part of the text says, ‘Be embraced, you millions,’ and that is what is happening here — 32 organizations are collaborating to celebrate his music and his influence,” said Levy. “It’s an artistic response to what is going on in the world.”

Chile: Can the constitutional plebiscite lead to a new social contract

January 9, 2020   |  AULA Blog (Center for Latin American & Latino Studies)

Peter M. Siavelis, chair and professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, and associate director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Wake Forest, published an article on changes in Chile’s government and the way its citizens relate to the government. “An agreement between the Chilean government and opposition to hold a referendum in April on whether to scrap the current Constitution — legacy of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship — has helped reduce tensions throughout the country and signaled that stakeholders are willing to compromise in order to reestablish Chile as a model of stability in a tumultuous region,” said Siavelis.

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