Poteat Lecture

Named in honor of Hubert McNeill Poteat, who taught at Wake Forest University from 1911 to 1956 and was widely known and respected as a Latin scholar, this lecture series is designed to recognize and celebrate the many achievements of our faculty in research, scholarly, and creative work. The annual lectures are held each spring and are alternately sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

The 2021 Poteat Lecture

Alan Brown photoThe 2021 Poteat Lecture was given on March 31, 2021, by Dr. Alan Brown (Associate Professor and Bryant/Groves Faculty Fellow, and Chair of the WFU Department of Education) on the topic “Lizzie, Mamie, & Mo’ne: Exploring Intersectionality through an Examination of the History of Women in Baseball.” Brown is a former high school English teacher who now serves as department chair, secondary education program director, and English education coordinator. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics including action research, adolescent literacy, arts integration, educational leadership, English methods, and young adult literature. His scholarly interests include working with secondary and college students as well as middle and high school teachers and athletic coaches to critically examine the culture of sports in schools and society while connecting contemporary literacies to students’ extra-curricular interests. He is the co-editor of Developing Contemporary Literacies through Sports (NCTE, 2016) and has published in numerous education and sport journals. He organizes the Skip Prosser Literacy Program, a collaboration between Wake Forest Athletics and the Department of Education, and he leads the Paisley IB Magnet School Sports Literacy Program, a weekly after-school program for eighth-grade boys that supports youth through academic, social, and community engagement. 


Poteat Lecture Series


Academic Year Date Speaker Department Title
2020-2021 March 31, 2021 Alan Brown Education Lizzie, Mamie, & Mo’ne: Exploring Intersectionality through an Examination of the History of Women in Baseball
2018-2019 April 9, 2019 Ellen Miller Anthropology Decoding Messages from the Past
2017-2018 April 11, 2018 Stan Meiburg Sustainability Sustainability and Leadership
2016-2017 April 12, 2017 Claudia Kairoff English Raising Her Voice:  A Critical Edition of The Works of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
2015-2016 April 25, 2016 Miles Silman Biology Real-World Sustainability and the Future of Andean and Amazonian Biodiversity
2014-2015 April 21, 2015 Mary Foskett Study of Religions Biblical Studies and the Humanities: Reflections on Past Practices and New Directions
2013-2014 April 28, 2014 Sam Gladding Counseling Beyond Active Listening: Creativity, the Arts and Positive Mental Health
2012-2013 April 9, 2013 Mary Deshazer English/Womens & Gender Studies Representing Breast Cancer in the Twenty-first Century
2011-2012 April 12, 2012 Dan Locklair Music Following My Muse:  The Music of Dan Locklair
2010-2011 April 4, 2011 Katy Harriger Politics & International Affairs What Does Brown Mean?:  The Supreme Court, School Desegregation, and Legal Change
2009-2010 April 5, 2010 Eric G. Wilson English Forgiveness, the Gates of Paradise, and William Blake’s Nervous Fears
2008-2009 March 26, 2009 Paul D. Escott History The Lincoln Icon:  Thinking About Myth and Reality in our History
2007-2008 April 16, 2008 Susan Fahrbach Biology Plastic Bee Brains
2004-2005 March 17, 2005 David Coates Political Science Campaigning in Poetry, Governing in Prose:  Tony Blair and New Labour Britain
2003-2004 March 18, 2004 Earl Smith Sociology The Modern World System:  Academics and Athletics in the New Millennium
2002-2003 November 4, 2002 Dilip K. Kondepudi Chemistry The Enigma of Asymmetry
2001-2002 October 24, 2001 Paul M. Ribisl Health and Exercise Science The Next Y2K Problem – Obesity:  Genes, Gluttony or Sloth?
2000-2001 March 29, 2001 Margaret Supplee Smith Art The Magic Mountain:  Imagination and Image in the Making of American Ski Resorts from Sun Valley to Sunday River
1999-2000 April 5, 2000 Candelas Gala Romance Languages From Parody to Pathos:  Lorca, Dalί, Bunuel, in the artistic and cultural landscape of the 20th century Spain
1998-1999 February 18, 1999 Deborah Best Psychology Gender and Culture
1997-1998 November 19, 1997 Raymond Kuhn Biology Health: The United States and the Third World