Jack Portman
Staff Columnist
ARTICLES BY Jack Portman
Critique Plagued by Hyperbole is Ineffective Satire
Opinion · By

We’re all sinners in the hands of an angry Mod. If a free WordPress account could impart eternal damnation unto Hell’s fiery abyss, the Deke brothers would be throwing a “perdarty” (perdition/party) this Saturday.

April 12, 2018
Old-Growth Forests Face a Worldwide Decline
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On Feb. 7, Bob Browne, a biology professor at Wake Forest, delivered a presentation regarding his recent research conducted at Oxford University. In the third installment of the ZSR Library Lecture Series, Browne — the recipient of the Nathan and Julie Hatch Research Grant for Academic Excellence — explored his studies of England’s ancient forests […]

February 15, 2018
Margot Lee Shetterly shares the story of “Hidden Figures”
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Wait Chapel neared its maximal occupancy on Feb. 5, a testament to the power of storytelling and the influence of the past on the present. Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, […]

February 8, 2018
CorpsAfrica targets Sustainable Development
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Helpful intentions can have damaging impacts if not executed properly.

December 15, 2017
Israel-Palestine conflict is more than a zero-sum game
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Students and faculty alike gathered on Nov. 28 for Dr. Marcie Lenk’s discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lenk, the Director of Christian Leadership Programs at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, prefaced her discussion by noting that her material would comprise of her personal experience as an American Jew living in Israel as a context […]

December 3, 2017
Masha Gessen discusses democracy under Trump
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Masha Gessen stood before a backdrop depicting a silhouetted White House superimposed on the Russian St. Basil’s Cathedral.

November 10, 2017
Journalism should strive for independent objectivity
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Issues pertaining to the integrity of journalism were explored on Wednesday as Professor Dean Franco, head of the Humanities Institute, gathered Wake Forest journalism and English faculty to discuss their individual experience in their fields within journalism.

November 10, 2017
Professor comments on coastal African urbanization
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The dynamic and often controversial nature of Swahili coastal architecture was discussed on Oct. 30 as Professor Prita Meier, an assistant professor of African art and architectural history at New York University, gave a lecture entitled “Oceanic Architecture: Mobility and Territoriality on the Swahili Coast.”

November 2, 2017
Professors confront epistemic questions within disciplines
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The American political landscape has in recent months been fraught with an epistemic crisis as, according to English professor Dean Franco, “Political operatives and allies of the current president began challenging the veracity of all sorts of modes of truth.”

October 19, 2017
Museum of Anthropology exhibit celebrates Day of the Dead
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The Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology is currently displaying its annual exhibit celebrating Día de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

September 28, 2017
App State professor explains the challenges of trans medicine
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While medical practice has undergone substantial reform since the mid-twentieth century, stef shuster, an assistant professor of sociology at Appalachian State University, argues that the medical treatment of gender identity has in many cases failed to progress beyond its pathologizing treatment as a psychologic abnormality.

September 21, 2017