This Week: April 2 - 8

Published: April 1, 2012

Important Dates

Fall 2012 Registration Begins! Monday, April 2 (continues through April 30)
Good Friday Observance – No Classes Friday, April 6


2012-2013 Multicultural Contexts Courses Informational Session

On Tuesday, April 3, the Office of the Academic Dean is sponsoring lunch and an informational session about next year’s multicultural contexts courses. Students can pick up boxed lunches in the Lower Auditorium immediately following Chapel. The session will be held in Wingate 202.

One of the School of Divinity’s guiding principles is to:

  • Encourage Global Perspectives: Through theological reflection, critical inquiry, and ministry formation, the divinity school encourages students, to explore diverse religious, cultural, and ethnic perspectives within both national and international contexts (see School of Divinity Bulletin, 2011-2012, p. 3).

To accomplish this aim, the School highlights in its curriculum each year courses that include a travel component. During the Spring 2013 term, students can enroll in courses that include travel to Appalachia, Nicaragua, and India. A fourth course that involves travel to an urban setting in Mississippi is in the planning stages. Each of these courses meets our curriculum’s core “multicultural contexts” requirement.

General Information about Spring 2012 Multicultural Contexts Courses

  • MIN Fierce Landscapes: Listening to the People of Appalachia
    Professor: Bill Leonard
    Travel: During Winter Break
  • This seminar finds its home among the people of Western North Carolina. Students learn experientially through on-site interactions with leaders of congregations, schools, settlement houses, rural and urban non-profits, and other community organizations. Conversations explore the changing nature of Appalachia, economic and ecological issues, church life, and varying religious traditions in the region.
  • CDS 790 Nicaragua: Global Health and Cross-Disciplinary Development
    Professors: Mark Jensen and Veronice Miles
    Travel: Spring Break
  • Wake Forest University’s initiative in Nicaragua offers opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary courses for students in the University’s professional and graduate schools. The state of development and the extent of human needs within Nicaragua provide a compelling context to consider the role of the legal, medical, clergy and business professions both within their individual disciplines and as they intersect through development efforts. This course provides structures for such reflection among students from each school.
  • MIN 790 India: Christianity and Indian Culture
    Professors: Michelle Voss Roberts and M. Thomas Thangaraj
    Travel: Winter Break
  • This course begins over winter break with a three-week travel seminar in India. Through visits to significant cultural and religious sites, participants will examine issues of religious pluralism and the relation of faith and culture. This investigation will extend into the spring semester, when we transition from studying Christians in a predominantly Hindu context to visiting with several Hindu communities in the Triad.
  • Proposed course – MIN 790 Jackson, MS: A Collaborative Urban Ministry Project with Northminster Baptist Church
    Travel: Spring Break
  • This course focuses on the urban ministry partnership Northminster Baptist Church has entered into with the Mid-City neighborhood of inner-city Jackson, MS. The course will include travel over spring break to the Jackson, MS region. Northminster’s associate pastor, Jill Barnes Buckley, will provide primary leadership for the course including visiting the Wake Forest campus for sessions prior to and following the travel portion of the course.


Blessings this week,

  Jill Crainshaw
  Associate Dean for Academic Affairs