Maya Angelou Residence Hall opened in 2016 and completes the South Forest neighborhood of first-year residence halls. The hall was named for poet, author, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou taught poetry and literature to generations of Wake Forest students as the Reynolds Professor of American Studies from 1982 until her death in 2014. She described herself as a “teacher who writes,” but the impact of her legacy of courage, honesty and strength reaches well beyond the classroom. The pen and bird on the seal signify the uplifting power of Dr. Angelou’s words in works like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “Still I Rise.”
Famous Alumni: Their stories are still being written. Perhaps by you.
Associate Professor, University Theatre
J E R Friedenberg JERF (BA Wake Forest University, MFA Carnegie Mellon University) Director of Theatre and Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance. Jerf teaches Theatre Management, Stage Management, Intro to Theatre, First Year Seminars, Senior Seminar, and team teaches Studio Production. He regularly directs plays and travels frequently adjudicating productions as well as recruiting for theatre and the arts at Wake. His checkered academic career has given him an appreciation for education over training, experience over observation, and reflection over urgency. With two grown daughters, he is an advocate for equality, a fan of title IX, and a supporter of women’s soccer and other sports. He tends to go left on hugs and politics.
Assistant Professor, Classical Languages
Assistant Teaching Professor, Psychology