Mike Wakeford On Using Fine Arts To Teach Liberal Arts
Dr. Mike Wakeford is a historian and Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts at the UNC School of the Arts. Additionally, he is the chair of the board of directors at the New Winston Museum, a local museum devoted to the history of Winston-Salem. At UNCSA, he teaches courses in United States cultural and intellectual history, with particular interests in the histories of the arts in American life, education, and the urban landscape. Wakeford attended UNC Chapel Hill as an undergraduate and earned his PhD in History at the University of Chicago, where he completed his dissertation titled “The Aesthetic Republic: Art, Education, and Social Imagination in the United States, 1900-1960.” He serves on the board and executive committee at Kaleideum. He's a ten-year resident of Winston-Salem, and lives in the Washington Park neighborhood with his wife, Leslie, and 9-yr-old twins, Arthur and Evelyn.
Radio Camp student Meredith White met with him to discuss his work and his approach to it.