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2010 February

Homegrown answers: a new approach to fighting African poverty

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Associate Professor of Economics Sylvain Boko, an expert in economic development in Africa, worked with more than 20 other development experts for his newest book, “Back on Track: Sector-Led Growth in Africa and Implications for Development.” The book advocates a new approach to fight poverty in Africa from the inside out, rather than rely on outside financial assistance.

In 2008 and 2009, he led a group of Wake Forest students and faculty to his native Benin to work with small business owners and entrepreneurs. He has assisted with development projects in Benin, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Togo, Senegal and Rwanda, and is currently on leave working in Mali, in western Africa.

Alumnus recalls lunch-counter sit-ins

Fifty years ago, George Williamson (’61) joined a group of students from Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State to protest segregated lunch counters in downtown Winston-Salem. Watch a video of his remarks and Dr. Rev. Brad Braxton’s sermon at Worship in Wait.

Professor warns of mountaintop mining’s dangers

Selenium pollution from mountaintop coal mining is causing permanent damage to the environment, Dennis Lemly, a research professor of biology, told U.S. Senators during a visit to Washington, D.C., on Feb. 23.

Being human: Hyde book explores perfection

Michael Hyde, University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics, will sign copies of his new book, “Perfection: Coming to Terms with Being Human,” Feb. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Wake Forest Bookstore.

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In the book, published this month by Baylor University Press, Hyde explores the history of the idea of human perfection throughout Western philosophy, religion, science and art. He draws on figures from St. Augustine to Leonardo DaVinci to Mary Shelley and examines the consequences of the perfection driven impulse of medical science.

Copyright laws focus of symposium

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The topic of this year’s Wake Forest School of Law Intellectual Property Law Journal symposium, “Copyleft vs. Copyright: Artist and Author Rights in Tomorrow’s Digital Age,” will focus on how current copyright laws are applied to tomorrow’s technologies.The symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center. It is free and open to the public.

Braxton to speak at Worship in Wait

George Williamson (’61) will reflect on the lunch-counter sit-ins of 50 years ago, and former Divinity School professor Brad Braxton will speak at Worship in Wait on Tuesday.

Debate teams receive bids to national tournament

Wake Forest has received two automatic bids to next month’s National Debate Tournament for finishing the debate season among the nation’s top 16 teams.

Two two-member teams from Wake Forest’s debate squad qualified: the team of sophomore Michael Carlotti, from Erie, Penn., and senior Carlos Maza, from Miami, Fla.; and the team of seniors Samuel Crichton, from Shreveport, La., and William Sears, from Lexington, Mass.

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Left to right: Michael Carlotti, Carlos Maza, Samuel Crichton and William Sears

Bob Knott, professor emeritus of art, dies

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Professor Emeritus of Art Robert Knott, who led Wake Forest’s art department through its formative years and was a guiding inspiration for the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art, died Feb. 18 in Winston-Salem following an illness. He was 68. A gathering of family and friends will be held Sat., Feb. 20, from 2 – 4 p.m. at Salem Funeral and Cremations, 120 S. Main Street in Winston-Salem.

Seniors speak of how WF has changed them

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Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson (’43) chats with faculty members following convocation.

Seniors Zahir Rahman, Kate Miners and Monica Giannone delivered their senior orations at Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, marking Wake Forest’s 176th anniversary. Several faculty awards were presented. Barbara Babcock Millhouse, founding president of Reynolda House Museum of American Art, received the Medallion of Merit.

Making sense of the census

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It’s time once again to stand up and be counted. Sociologist Ana Wahl explains the importance of the census, why fewer people may complete the survey, and how she uses census data in her research and teaching.