Plugging a Few Events

The snow has melted away for the most part, and life goes back to normal at Wake Forest.  There are a couple of events coming up in the near term that merit a mention to you (in hope that your Deacs may take advantage).

Tonight at 7 pm in Wait Chapel, the Office of Sustainability will co-host Truth, Lies, and Politics 2016: Ideology, Rationality, and Choice in an Election Year.  This will be moderated by WF’s own Melissa Harris-Perry, and the speakers are from Harvard, Yale, and NYU. This is meant to be a conversation around our obligation as citizens in a democracy, to be informed about issues of public importance, such as the human impact on climate, and the causes of economic inequality. The event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday at 4 pm in Wait Chapel is our Founders Day Convocation, where we honor the history of Wake Forest, recognize the Medallion of Merit winners, and bestow faculty awards. If your student has not been to a convocation, they are a part of the ceremonial life of the insititution, and they should go. They should especially go if they are seniors, as there is a senior video shown, and three of the Senior Orations will be read.

This week we have a double shot of the Secrest Artist Series.  This is a special offering of two concerts on successive nights, Wednesday and Thursday, February 17-18 at 7:30 pm in Brendle Recital Hall.  Cellist David Finckel, violinist Philip Setzer, and pianist Wu Han make up one of the world’s finest piano trios. Finckel, Han, and Setzer will join the Secrest Series for an unprecedented two-night pair of concerts featuring the complete piano trios of Ludwig van Beethoven, including the Ghost Trio and the magisterial Archduke Trio.  You can see the offerings on their website.

Your Deacs will also have multiple chances to see the University Theatre performance of “The Waiting Room” in the next several days. I had friends go over the weekend and they praised the peformance.

Finally, this weekend is our big TEDxWFU conference. One of our speakers will be current parent Mark Hurd (P’18), CEO of Oracle.  Read more online and see how to get tickets.

So many dishes on the giant WFU smorgasbord. Sample many of the delicacies, my Deacs. The buffet does not last forever.

— by Betsy Chapman

 

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