Let it snow..??

Early this morning, it was raining and grey and generally gross. Our local weather was saying that with the impending arctic blast coming our way, there was a possibility of seeing snow flurries. Which would be just bonkers in November. After several hours of rain, the sun has come out again and as of 3:30 pm, I did not see snow in the Weather Channel’s forecast. Phew! It will be a cold week, though, so your Deacs will need to bust out their cold weather clothing. Winter is coming.

In terms of things your Deac should consider doing, tonight at 7 pm is Jennifer Teege, author of My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me, here to speak as part of International Education Week:

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me, an international bestseller, is a book born of a shocking discovery: at age 38, married with two children, Jennifer Teege picked up a book by chance at Hamburg’s main library and discovered that her grandfather was the brutal Nazi commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp, portrayed so memorably by Ralph Fiennes in the film Schindler’s List.

So that will no doubt be a really compelling session. It is a free session; students can reserve their tickets here.

On the arts side, we have several things this week – and lest I forget any of the individual efforts, I would refer your Deacs to the Events Calendar and they can look by day or by type of event (and of course, look beyond the arts too). The signature event of the week is probably the Secrest Artists Series on Thursday, November 14th:

Mahan Esfahani has made it his life’s mission to rehabilitate the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments, and to that end his creative programming and work in commissioning new works have drawn the attention of critics and audiences across Europe, Asia, and North America. He was the first and only harpsichordist to be a BBC New Generation Artist (2008-2010), a Borletti-Buitoni prizewinner (2009), and a nominee for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year (2014, 2015, and 2017).

Tickets are free to WFU students but they are asked to reserve them here.

On the service and volunteering side, the Daffodil Project is taking place on Thursday:

The world-wide Daffodil Project, empowering Holocaust Education, aims to plant 1.5 million daffodils in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. This year, members of the Wake Forest University community will plant 100 daffodil bulbs with the WFU Landscaping Crew.

Again, this list is by no means comprehensive – but encourage your Deacs to look at the Events Calendar and tap into the many amazing (and free!) ways to engage with interesting and compelling speakers, projects, concerts, exhibitions, and more. The ‘lateral learning’ that takes place outside the classroom is a very important component of our students’ educations.

— by Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94)

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