Humanities for Our Future

HUMANITIES for Our FUTURE: Envisioning the Heart of Humanities Education
September 11, 2014
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall on the Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus

*Given the limited seating, reservations for dinner closed on July 11, 2014. If you registered after July 11th, you are registered for only the panel discussion from 4-5:30pm in Annenberg Forum. Thank you!*

Parking Information

Option #1 –Shuttle Service—Lot AWinston-Salem First Assembly of God Church

Located at the corner of Polo and Long Roads directly across from the Polo Road entrance into Wake Forest University.  See lot “A” (yellow-green block) at top of campus map

(Parking Map here)


Two 25-passenger shuttles displaying “Humanities Event” signs will be providing transportation from the church parking lot to Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall (Bldg. 18 on map) starting at 3:15 p.m.  Please try to arrive by 3:30 p.m. if possible to allow for transportation time to the event.  This same shuttle service will be available to transport those not staying for dinner back to the church parking lot and will be parked on Gulley Drive where they drop you off.

Dinner Attendees—those attending the dinner will walk to the Magnolia Room in Reynolda Hall (Bldg. 5 on map).  After dinner, the shuttle will be available in parking lot “C” (pink on map) outside of Reynolda Hall to take you to the church parking lot.

Option #2—Campus lot “J”—limited availability

Lot J (in orange at bottom of map) is designated “General Parking” and is not subject to ticketing.  You are welcome to park in this lot if there is availability, but we highly encourage you to take the shuttle.


You are cordially invited to join local educators and cultural leaders for a panel discussion and open dialogue about the future of humanities education, inspired by The Heart of the Matter, the 2013 report of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences.

Panelists will include: Superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools, Beverly Emory; WFU Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History, Michele Gillespie; WFU Provost and Professor of Political Science, Rogan Kersh (moderator); WSSU Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities, Corey Walker; and North Carolina Humanities Council Executive Director, Paula Watkins.

The event, free and open to the public, will be followed by dinner and table discussions for those who reserve ahead (limited seating for dinner).

Sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute and the North Carolina Humanities Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Please direct questions to the WFU Humanities Institute at

The Heart of the Matter Full Report

The Heart of the Matter Executive Summary

The Heart of the Matter Video



We are sorry to report that, given the limited seating, we have reached our capacity and reservations for dinner are now closed.  If any openings become available closer to the event date, we will send out an announcement (updated July 11, 2014).

However, there are still many openings for the panel discussion in Annenberg Forum. Please feel free to register for this event.

Thank you for such a positive response to our invitations. We are so happy that you will be  able to attend this event and look forward to seeing you in September!