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Hawking Democracy – A Historical Excursion Through American Political Advertising

Hawking Democracy – A Historical Excursion Through American Political Advertising-
Dr. Allan Louden
Wednesdays 10 am – 12 noon

July 10 – August 14
Class location: Brookstown Campus

This class takes a nostalgic romp through political advertising from Eisenhower to Trump, with side trips into non-campaign political advertising and the politicization of commercial advertising. The unifying theme will discuss political advertising’s impact on our practice of democracy.

Allan Louden is professor and Department Chair of Communication at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on argumentation theory and political communication (political spots and political debates). He has published in several journals in the field and authored the book Navigating Opportunity: Policy Debate in the 21st Century (2010). He has worked on political campaigns as a consultant and is a frequent commentator for TV and newspapers during election cycles.

Addiction: A 14,000 Year Old Problem

Addiction: A 14,000 Year Old Problem-Class Completed
Dr. Steve Mizel

Tuesdays 10 am – noon
May 28  – July 2
Class location: Brookstown Campus

Why and how do people become addicted to alcohol or drugs like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, or nicotine? What makes these substances addictive? What happens in the brain as addiction develops and expresses itself? Can addiction be cured? If so, how? We will answer these questions as we journey through 1) the fascinating histories of alcohol and other addictive drugs in human societies across the world; 2) the human brain and the regions primarily involved in addiction; 3) the stories of people with addiction to one or more substances; and 4) the possible pathways out of addiction.

Dr. Steve Mizel served as Department Chair of Microbiology & Immunology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Previously he was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, where he was a member of a group of eight immunologists that created a revolution in immunology, having a profound effect on our understanding of a many human diseases and potential treatments. Dr. Mizel has published over 100 research studies and is one of the most highly cited immunologists over the past three decades, and is well known for his efforts in public science education.


Fake News, Fact-Checking and Junk Science

Fake News, Fact-Checking and Junk Science-Class Completed
Rosalind Tedford and Hu Womack
Tuesdays  5:30 – 7:30 pm
May 28 – July 2
Class location:  WFU Reynolda Campus, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Deacon Space, Mac Lab 262

This course will look into the issues surrounding fake news, fact-checking and junk science. We will look at creators, distributors, and consumers of misinformation (and disinformation) and how the Internet exacerbates and ameliorates the problems. We will work on ways we can all change our news consumption habits to be sure we are a part of the solution and not the problem. Along the way, we will look at the role particular platforms play or should play (Google, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia) and other current issues that arise. This course will meet in a computer lab, and class participants should have a working knowledge of computer use.

Rosalind Tedford is the Director for Research and Instruction in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. She is a lifelong Deacon and has a BA in Psychology and English (1991) and a MA in English (1994) from Wake Forest University and an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro (1998). She is a news junkie and has recently taught a “Fake News and Fact Checking” class with Hu Womack.

Hu Womack is an Instruction and Outreach Librarian in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1990 with a BA in English and Studio Art, earned an MBA from Wake in 2000, and completed the MLIS program at UNC-Greensboro in 2008. Hu has recently taught “Social Sciences Research Sources and Strategies” and “Fake News and Fact Checking” with Rosalind Tedford.

IMPROVment: An Improvisational Movement Class For Brain and Body Health

IMPROVment: An Improvisational Movement Class For Brain and Body Health
Christina Soriano
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 – 2:30 pm (4 week, 2 days a week course)
Class dates: July 30 & August 1, August 6 & 8, 13 & 15, 20 & 22 

Class location: Brookstown Campus

As we age, our balance sometimes feels compromised and the ability to multi-task can become a challenge. How can we move about in this busy world as confident and expressive movers, promoting good brain and body health? This unique movement class will challenge participants to spontaneously create movement material based on cues such as visual images, rhythmic sensibility, breath, and music. This class will encourage problem solving tactics through movement and at the same time, be a lot of fun! No previous dance experience is necessary. Participants with movement challenges are encouraged to take this class.

In this movement course, participants will be introduced to exercises that:
-nurture a strong community environment
-promote great cardiovascular health
-support each person’s creative contributions as expressive movers and shakers
-encourage moving and reacting spontaneously in space
-share fall and recovery techniques in safe ways
-promote physical and cognitive decision making
-bring spontaneity back to our lives in meaningful ways

Christina Soriano is an Associate Professor of Dance at Wake Forest University. She teaches composition, improvisation, modern technique, and a course in conjunction with a chemistry professor entitled Movement and the Molecular. Her work in collaborative scientific studies examines how improvisational dance can help people living with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases, and their carepartners, improve mobility, cognition and balance. She teaches weekly movement classes to people with Parkinson’s Disease and their carepartners. Last year, she and her neuroscience collaborator Christina Hugenschmidt were the presenters at the Fall Lifelong Learning Lecture. More information on Christina’s work can be found at

India Calling

India Calling- Class Completed
Dr. Ananda Mitra
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3 – 5 pm (3 week, 2 days a week course)
Course dates: June 3 (no class on June 5) 10 & 12, 17 & 19 & 21* note final class is on Friday, June 21 

Class location: Brookstown Campus

In this course we will discuss the potential impact of the global “India Inc.,” using theories drawn from communication, sociology, history and economics. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how the emerging nation impacts everyday life in America. The course will also expose students to current popular cultural artifacts from India such as television from India and films from the Indian film industry, Bollywood. In preparation for the class, participants are encouraged to follow and become familiar with news items related to India.

Ananda Mitra is a Professor in the Department of Communication. He was trained in engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and received his doctoral degree in communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Given his origin from India he has continued to study the way in which India plays a role in the global arena. His three books, Television and Popular Culture in IndiaIndia Through the Western Lens and India on the Western Screen examine many different aspects of India.

Ruling the British Isles: The Tudors, The Stuarts, and Their Kingdoms

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Ruling the British Isles: The Tudors, The Stuarts, and Their Kingdoms
Dr. Stephanie Koscak
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1 – 3 pm (3 week, 2 days a week course)

Course dates: July 9 & 11, 16 & 18, 23 & 25

Class location: Brookstown Campus

From Henry VII’s establishment of the Tudor dynasty in 1485 until the (surprisingly) peaceful accession of George I of Hanover in 1714, we can detect a recurrent theme in the history of the British Isles: dynastic instability and succession crises. Heirs were excluded and deposed, pretenders alleged to be long-lost kings or rightful successors to the crown, women (unmarried and married) ruled while prosecuting major wars at home and abroad, and the laws of succession were fundamentally altered to exclude Catholic claimants to the throne. In this class, we will examine the history of the early modern British Isles by refocusing on Tudor and Stuart monarchy and the politics of succession within the three kingdoms of England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Topics include the English Reformation, the British Civil Wars, and the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89. While each of these events were the result of contests over individual conscience, religious identity, personal liberty, and the balance of power within Europe, they were also crises of legitimacy and succession within the ruling family.

Stephanie Koscak is an Assistant Professor of British History at Wake Forest University. She received her PhD from Indiana University in 2013 and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on royalism and print in England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and her work has been published in the Journal of British Studies and Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture. Her first book, Monarchy, Print Culture, and Reverence in Early Modern England: Picturing Royal Subjects, is forthcoming with Routledge.