Transportation is Everything

Regrettably, the remaining events in the Transportation is Everything Series have been cancelled. We look forward to rescheduling these events for Fall 2020 and to continuing these timely conversations.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Dean Franco, Humanities Institute Director. You may also refer to Wake Forest University’s Coronavirus website for more details on event cancellations.

Please stay safe during this challenging time.

“Transportation is Everything” is a spring-semester event series, in collaboration with partners across the university and the Winston-Salem community. We’ll explore who travels where, how, and with what consequences for our neighborhoods and community.

This series is sponsored by the WFU Humanities Institute and the Office of Sustainability.

Scheduled events include: 

Transportation and Inequity in Winston-Salem
Presentations by Russell M. Smith (Geography) and Craig Richardson (Economics), Winston-Salem State University
WFU Respondents: Megan Regan (Economics) and Elise Barrella (WFU Assistant Research Professor, Engineering)

Thursday, February 27th
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium

The event series, “Transportation is Everything,” will examine how access to transportation and claims on public space determine the geographies of inequity in Winston Salem and beyond. According to recently published research, Forsyth County is among the very worst areas of the country for income immobility, and we will discuss how this happened and what to do about it. This kick-off event, free and open to the public, will include presentations by expert faculty from Winston-Salem State University, Dr. Russell M. Smith (Geography) and Dr. Craig Richardson (Economics) with responses from Wake Forest faculty Dr. Elise Barrella (WFU Assistant Research Professor, Engineering) and Dr. Megan Regan (Visiting Associate Professor, Economics). A Q&A session will follow, and the event concludes with a reception. As the first of a series of events, faculty are invited to commence consideration of how humanities disciplines and methods can engage with local, material problems in our community. For more information, contact Humanities Institute Director, Dr. Dean Franco.

Russell M. Smith is a Professor of Geography in the Department of History, Politics & Social Justice and the Faculty Lead for the Spatial Justice Studio at the Center for Design Innovation (SJS @ CDI). His research interests include a variety of topics related to spatial justice including: local government boundary change, urban form and the built environment and urban sustainability. Recently, Dr. Smith has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist for his expertise and experience in urban planning.

Craig Richardson is a BB&T Distinguished Professor of Economics in the Department of Accounting, Economics, and Finance at Winston-Salem State University.

A Lecture by Adonia Lugo, Antioch University Los Angeles, Author of Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance

Monday, March 23, 2020
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium
(Room 404)

On March 23rd Special Guest Speaker Adonia Lugo, an anthropologist who researches and writes about cycling as a mode of transportation for the urban poor, will give a presentation that is free and open to the public.

Dr. Adonia E. Lugo is an urban anthropologist and mobility justice strategist based in Los Angeles. she is also the Interim Chair of the MA in Urban Sustainability (USMA) at Antioch University Los Angeles. She collaborates with folks around the country to envision a sustainable transportation future centered in the needs and experiences of historically marginalized communities and people of color. She is the author of Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance, a memoir about racial justice and sustainable transportation.

A Film Screening of the Documentary Ovarian Psycos

Thursday, March 26, 2020
a/perture cinema 
311 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem 

A screening and discussion of the documentary Ovarian Psycos, about an urban, feminist cycling brigade in East Los Angeles.

Click here to register!


A Lecture By Gaye Theresa Johnson, UCLA, Author of These Walls Will Fall: Protest at the Intersection of Immigrant Detention

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Porter Byrum Welcome Center
Kulynych Auditorium

On March 31st, Gaye Theresa Johnson, professor of African American Studies and Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA will give a presentation on public space and protest.

Gaye Theresa Johnson writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, spatial politics, and political economy. She is the author of Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles (University of California Press), an edited volume on The Futures of Black Radicalism, co-edited with Alex Lubin, and a single-authored book currently titled These Walls Will Fall: Protest at the Intersection of Immigrant Detention and Mass Incarceration.

Exploring Winston-Salem’s Cycling Infrastructure: A Community Bike Ride 

Date/Time/Location TBA