Barbara SmithBarbara Smith
Teacher, Lecturer, Activist, and Author

On October 27, 2010, Wake Forest University will host African-American lesbian feminist scholar and activist, Barbara Smith. Smith is regarded as a shaper of Black feminism, Black feminist thought, and has authored books, essays, reviews, articles, short stories, and literary criticism. She has lectured and taught at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and is an alumna of the Ragdale Foundation and Mount Holyoke College. On October 27 at 7:00 p.m.(location TBA), she will present a lecture entitled Black Feminist Activism: My Next Chapter. She will also conduct a workshop on October 28 at Winston-Salem State University, a co-sponsor of her visit. Smith’s Wake Forest visit it sponsored by the programs in Women’s and Gender Studies and American Ethnic Studies, the School of Law, the Honors Program, the Women’s Health Center of Excellence, the Office of Minority Affairs, and the Departments of Sociology, History, and Political Science.

Karelisa HartiganProfessor Karelisa Hartigan
Department of Classics
University of Florida

Karelisa Hartigan, professor emerita of Classics at the University of Florida, will speak about her work in the therapeutic use of theater in antiquity and in the present. She is the author of books on Euripides, classical tragedy in modern performance, and most recently of a book on drama and healing in ancient Greece and contemporary America (2009). Professor Hartigan’s lecture will be on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 102, Scales Fine Arts Center.

Ronald MellorProfessor Ronald Mellor
Department of History
University of California at Los Angeles

On November 17-20, 2010, Wake Forest will host a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, Ronald Mellor,   also a professor of history at UCLA, where he has been teaching Greek and Roman history since 1976.  His research has centered on ancient religion and Roman historiography, and he is the author of Thea Rome: The Goddess Roma in the Greek WorldTacitus;The Roman HistorianTacitus: The Classical HeritageAugustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire; and Tacitus’ Annals (forthcoming, 2010).


Dr. YaqubDr. Nuhu Yaqub,
Professor of Political Science,
University of Abuja, Nigeria

During the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters, Dr. Nuhu Yaqub
will be Scholar-in-Residence, hosted by Wake Forest’s Department of Political Science.  Dr. Yaqub served as Vice Chancellor (President) of the University of Abuja from 2004 to 2009.  He has studied at the University of Toronto and received his Ph. D. degree from the University of Sussex (England). He has published widely on African political economy, international  politics, democratic transition and consolidation, and public policy.  In the fall semester, Dr. Yaqub will teach a course entitled Africa and World Politics.

 Avihu ZakaiProfessor Avihu Zakai,
Professor of History,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Departments of History and Political Science will welcome Professor Zakai to Wake Forest for the spring 2011 semester.  During the semester, Professor Zakai will teach a humanities course entitled After Auschwitz: Holocaust Literature, Art, and Theology, and a history course entitled Science and Religion in Early Modern History. He will continue his collaboration with Wake Forest’s Professor David Weinstein (Political Science) on a book entitled Exile and Interpretation.


Tim Miller,
Performing Artist and Writer

Internationally acclaimed performance artist and writer Tim Miller will be hosted by the faculties of the Department of Theatre and Dance and the program in Women’s and Gender Studies from October 18-23, 2010.  His creative work as both performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual, and political topography of his identity as a gay man.  Hailed for his humor and passion, Miller’s performances have been presented throughout North America, Australia, and Europe.  He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is 1001 BEDS, published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Since 1999, Miller has focused his creative and political work on marriage equality and addressing the injustices facing lesbian and gay couples in America.  During his visit, Miller will be participating in classes and workshops with students.


Stevenson McIlvaineStevenson McIlvaine,
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

The Department of Political Science will host Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Stevenson McIlvaine from October 31 until November 6, 2010. Fellow McIlvaine is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer with more than 30 years of experience in Vietnam, the Sinai, Zaire (Congo), Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Somalia, and Zambia. Since retiring, McIlvaine worked part-time for the Political-Military Bureau of State, the office with primary responsibility for liaison with the Department of Defense, as coordinator of the 24/7 watch established following September 11, 2001.  He is a seasoned political analyst, both foreign and domestic, with extensive credentials in foreign policy making, particularly military and humanitarian intervention and the related issues of “nation-building” and failed states.

Marc HirshmanMarc Hirshman, Mandel Chair in Jewish Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Department of Religion is pleased to host Dr. Hirshman this fall as The Hebrew University Exchange Scholar. Dr. Hirshman’s research encompasses the Rabbinic period in comparison to Christianity and Paganism in Late Antiquity. His publications include A Rivalry of Genius: Jewish and Christian Biblical Interpretation in Late Antiquity (SUNY Press, 1995) and Torah for the Entire World (in Hebrew, haKibbutz Ha’Meuchad, 1999). His new book, The Stabilization of Rabbinic Culture 100.c.-350 c.e.: Texts on Education and Their Late Antique Context, will be published in October by Oxford University Press. Professor Hirshman was a Starr Fellow at Harvard University in 1998, the Stanley Arffa Lecturer at Yale University in 2005, and a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in 2007.

PeterGilbertPeter Gilbert, Award-winning filmmaker and director Peter Gilbert will be at Wake Forest for the public screening of At the Death House Door – November 4, 7 p.m., Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall.

Peter Gilbert has had a distinguished career in producing, directing and photographing documentaries, feature films, commercials, and music videos. He was one of the filmmakers of Hoop Dreams, a film having received numerous awards including The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Producers Guild of America Award, and The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Journalism.

At the Death House Door premiered in 2008 at South by Southwest and follows the career of Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain at a prison in Huntsville, Texas. Mr. Gilbert will attend the Wake Forest screening and host a question and answer session following the film.

Robert AudiRobert Audi, David E. Gallo Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of Management and of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame.

Professor Robert Audi, as the Philosophy Department’s T. J. Lynch Distinguished Visiting Scholar, will be in residence at Wake Forest from early January to early March of 2010. Audi is well known for his work in ethics (including business ethics), epistemology, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, and other areas. He is the author of 13 books and numerous articles. While in residence at Wake Forest, Audi will give a series of lectures open to the public, make presentations in a number of departments and programs, pursue research with members of the Philosophy Department, and participate in several philosophy courses.


Mary PooveyMary Poovey – Samuel Rudin University Professor in Humanities and Professor of English, New York University.

Professor Mary Poovey will visit Wake Forest University in March 2010, and will be hosted by the Department of English through its Dean Family Speaker Series and the Center for the Study of Capitalism.  Dr. Poovey’s areas of research and professional interest include Victorian literature and culture, the economic history of Great Britain and the history of financial institutions.  Both a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Professor Poovey has authored numerous publications including A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (University of Chicago Press) and Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Britain (University of Chicago Press).  Dr. Poovey serves on the editorial and advisory boards of several professional organizations including The Journal of British Studies.  She is scheduled to present a lecture at Wake Forest on March 2, 2010 (time/place/title TBA).