Leadership on Stage
Using the liberal arts to examine aspects of leadership and character, the Program for Leadership and Character partners with the Department of Theatre and Dance to organize discussions around their stage productions.
For example, following the production of Macbeth, students and student-actors stayed after the play to discuss how ambition, greed and power can corrupt the character of leaders. After The Adding Machine, the Program helped to facilitate a conversation with audience members, cast members and the director on technology, culture and character and what it means to be human in an age of machines.
“The Arts of Leading”
The Program for Leadership and Character co-organized an international conference on “The Arts of Leading: Perspectives from the Humanities and Liberal Arts” in February 2019. Co-sponsored by the Oxford Character Project, the interdisciplinary conference brought distinguished scholars and practitioners to Wake Forest to discuss how classics, history, literature, philosophy, religion, and the visual and performing arts can expand and enliven our understandings of leadership. For more information, see “The Arts of Leading”.
“The Art of Empathy: Exploring Dorothea Lange’s Photography”
Working with the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, The Program for Leadership and Character hosted a special guided tour of Dorothea Lange’s photography. Experts at the Reynolda House guided students through the exhibit and shared background information about Ms. Lange’s life and work. Afterward, Dr. Michael Lamb facilitated a discussion on visual art and empathy.