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Spring 2014

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The Professor Is In

Everyone has a story to tell, whether she is a lifelong U.S. citizen or a recent immigrant. We are a nation of immigrants, and everyone shares a history of movement. Thinking about how people came here 100, 200 years ago makes you think about immigrants’ stories today. Is what immigrants are doing now, coming to […]

On Museum Hack

On The Museum Hack

While visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, you might expect a tour guide to tell you about the brushstrokes that Emanuel Leutze used when painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” What you may not expect: being asked to sit on the floor and make a sculpture out of Play-Doh, imitate a pose […]


The Place Where I Live

Last April I was fortunate enough to make a long- overdue visit to Wake Forest. Mary DeShazer, professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies, delivered the prestigious Hubert McNeill Poteat Lecture, and afterward I attended a special gathering to honor her. Catching up with many of my women’s studies professors I had vivid memories […]

Artful Friendship

An Artful Friendship

In a narrow room over the garage, paint palettes and easels await two Wake Forest fraternity brothers. Some weeks the two fellows never make it up the wooden stairs past the Christmas wreaths stored on the wall. They sit on the couch in the living room to watch sports on the big-screen television, or they […]


Oh, Those Lilting Banshees! Where Are They (Funny) Now?

When Will Volker (’05, MSA ’06), tax accountant, speaks to a group he likes to open with a foolproof one-liner: “Do you know how to tell an extroverted accountant? He looks at your shoes instead of the floor.” When sometimes-shy Jess Morris Adams (’09) wants to make her opinion heard, she draws upon the self-confidence […]


‘Wake Will’ campaign proclaims a grand goal

Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will significantly increase their impact on the region, the nation and the world by investing $1 billion over the next five years to strengthen and renew their ability to carry out their respective missions. With the help of alumni, parents and friends, the University will invest […]


Alumni gifts honor faculty as ‘the linchpin’

To recruit and retain outstanding faculty who embody Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar ideal, three alumni have committed $3 million to fund Presidential Chairs, the highest award the University can bestow on a faculty member. The announcement occurred at a Magnolia Room luncheon on Oct. 25. Bobby Burchfield (’76), a former vice chair of the board of […]


Constant & True

In 1947 novelist Vladimir Nabokov found a yellow vase with blue flowers on his desk at Wellesley. A former student recalls how he strode to the blackboard and wrote, “Yellow blue vase.” “That is almost ‘I love you’ in Russian,” he remarked: ya lyublu vas. “That’s probably the most important phrase I will teach you.” […]