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2014 September

Art professor talks with NPR about sculptor’s answer to WWI facial wounds

One Sculptor’s Answer to WWI Wounds: Plaster, Coper and Paint: Sometimes art can change how people see the world. But Anna Coleman Ladd made art that changed how the world saw people. It was World War I, and soldiers were coming home from the battlefield with devastating injuries. Those who survived were often left with disfigured faces. “The part of the soldier’s body that was most vulnerable was his face, because if he looked up over a trench, that was the part that was going to be hit,” says David Lubin, a professor of art at Wake Forest University.

“These men couldn’t be seen on the street,” says Lubin. “They’d gone through multiple operations, and they were seen as so hideous people would sometimes pass out from seeing them.”

 

Says WFU’s Melissa Harris-Perry (’94), ‘This is the job I want to retire from.’

Harris-Perry returns to WFU to teach: Melissa Harris-Perry, 40, has returned to Wake Forest as faculty member the Department of Politics and International Affairs. She has been named as a Presidential Chair, an endowed position at WFU. She comes to Wake Forest after working for three years as a political-science professor at Tulane University in New Orleans. Harris-Perry said she decided to accept WFU’s offer and leave Tulane for several reasons. “This is a job that I always wanted, but I thought I wanted it in 10 years (from now),” she said. “This is the job I want to retire from.”

Wake Forest kicks-off ‘Thrive’ – a new, campus-wide approach to wellbeing

Wake Forest launches wellbeing initiative:  Wake Forest University is joining a few other campuses nationally in starting a new initiative, Thrive, dedicated to the wellbeing of students, faculty and staff that goes beyond academic performance and into physical, spiritual and other realms. Thrive includes eight markers of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual. Wake Forest has also hired a director of wellbeing, who starts work next month.