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Media report for Feb. 8-21, 2020

February 27, 2020   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Feb. 8-21, 2020 is now available online.

Wake Forest University apologizes for its past role in slavery

February 20, 2020   |  Winston-Salem Journal

Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch apologized for the school’s historical connection with slavery in a speech Thursday during the university’s Founders’ Day Convocation at Wait Chapel on campus. The apology is part of what Hatch described as an ongoing effort to come to grips with how the university participated in and profited from slavery. In his keynote Founder’s Day speech, Jonathan Walton, the dean of Wake Forest’s School of Divinity, told the audience the history of the university “is both beautiful and terrible,” but people in the present can’t escape its effects.

2020 rivals aim to slow Bloomberg's surge as he faces his first debate in Vegas

February 18, 2020   |  Sinclair Broadcast Group

Allan Louden, former director of the debate program at Wake Forest and editor of “Navigating Opportunity: Policy Debate in the 21st Century,” weighed in on what viewers can expect from the Feb. 19 Democratic debate. In three months as a candidate, Bloomberg has spent nearly a half-billion dollars of his own money running ads and hiring staff across the country, vaulting into the top tier of candidates without even participating in a primary or debate. Elizabeth Warren’s supporters have complained that she has been marginalized and discounted by the media despite outperforming Biden in both of the first two contests. She could potentially channel that outrage in the debate to some effect. “She has the option of being indignant for being ignored.”

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